Rebuilding Temple in Jerusalem: holy work or holy mess?

“We pray for holiness, but we also need to be careful of others’ desire for holiness,” 

“The moment you want to translate that into building a Temple, you upset the sensitive balance we’ve created here, by which we exist here.” He called Temple construction advocates “irresponsible.”

The Jerusalem Weekly:

No praying. No kneeling. No bowing. No prostrating. No dancing. No singing. No ripping clothes.

These are the rules that Jews must abide by when visiting the Temple Mount, the site where the First and Second Holy Temples once stood, located above and behind the Western Wall in the heart of Jerusalem’s Old City.

A model of the Second Temple at an exhibit of Third Temple vessels in Jerusalem

Though the area is under Israeli sovereignty, the mount — known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif — is controlled by the Islamic Wakf, a joint Palestinian-Jordanian religious body. As the site of the Al-Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock, the Temple Mount attracts daily crowds of Muslim worshipers.




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