Holidays on Temple Mount see 30% rise in visits

30% increase in number of Temple Mount visitors during holidays, despite reduction in days opened to Jews.

Mordechai Sones,

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All kinds visit Temple Mount
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Headquarters of Third Temple organizations presented data according to which there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors to the Temple Mount during the holidays in general and in the past week in particular.

According to the report, 2,159 Jews went to the Temple Mount while intentionally observing the attendant halakhot during the past week, as they are dictated in the decisions of rabbis who allow ascending the Mount."Last week also closed the period of the Jewish holidays of Tishrei for the year 5778. From the beginning of the year until the holiday of Sukkot, 3,364 Jews ascended the Temple Mount."

The headquarters also note that apart from the fact that the Temple Mount was closed this year to Jews during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it was also open to Jews during the holidays one day less than last year. This was due, among other things, to the decision made in 2000 to ban Jews from entering the Temple Mount on Fridays and Saturdays.

The organizations measured peak visit times, which indicated a continuous rise. "Visitors to the Temple Mount during the last five days of the week set a new record, the previous record for the week was recorded more than two months ago, during the week of Tisha B'Av, when 2,115 Jews ascended the Temple Mount."

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