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  3/6/2012, Adar 12, 5772

Chief Rabbis: Don't Go Up to Temple Mount


Israel's chief rabbis have issued a call to Jews not to go up on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, in response to initiatives for a Jewish presence on the holy site. The rabbis, backed by other authorities on Jewish law, cite ritual impurity that can only be removed by the ashes of the Red Heifer, which is not available.

There is a sign to that effect at the entrance to the Temple Mount. Other authorities say certain areas of the holy site are accessible if one has immersed in a mikveh (ritual bath).