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  Nissan 22, 5767 , 10/04/07

Rabbi Dov Lior Ascends Temple Mount Over Passover

Rabbi Dov Lior of the Yesha Rabbi’s Council was among the hundreds of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount over the Passover Festival. The rabbi called for a strengthened Jewish presence at the site and the assertion of Jewish sovereignty over the area.

Rabbi Lior filed a request with the police to enable Jews to visit the site using all of the gates. He specifically called for opening the northern gates, which would enable visits by those skeptical about treading on the rest of the mount to visit an area everyone agrees was added to the mount by Herod and not subject to the purity requirements of the rest of the site.

Currently, Muslims enter freely from several gates surrounding the mount while Jews and other non-Muslims are limited to certain visiting hours and the Mughrabi gate to the right of the Western Wall Plaza.

Lecturers and guides offered visits over the holiday in accordance with Jewish legal guidelines for ascending Judaism’s holiest site in contemporary times.
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