Rabbi Lior on the Temple Mount
Rabbi Lior on the Temple MountTemple Mount Administration

Rabbi Dov Lior, one of the leading Rabbis of Religious Zionism, ascended the Temple Mount with Rabbi Israel Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute Yeshiva, and the head of the Temple Mount administration Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz.

Rabbi Lior went up to the Temple Mount on the occasion of his grandson Menachem Israel, the son of Rabbi Uriah Shachor's wedding.

The Rabbi was allowed to pray the afternoon prayer in public on the Mount, something that was not permitted for over fifty years since Israel retook the Mount.

The Rabbi stated that "This is the designated place of prayer 'for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples' (Isaiah 56:7) and thank God, there is progress here.'' The Rabbi blessed his grandson with the special blessing of the Temple Mount, "He who dwells in this place will gladden you with sons and daughters.''

"A Hasidic police officer"
"A Hasidic police officer"Photography: Temple Mount administration

Rabbi Rabinowitz said: "For years the Rabbi waited for this and strived for it and thank God, the Rabbi merits to see his world in his lifetime, with his grandchildren ascending to pray on their wedding day. We remember the beginning of the Rabbi's activity as a voice calling in the desert, and today we are fortunate to see heads of yeshivas, Rabbis, grooms, brides, and many happy people ascending to the Temple Mount and praying on it".

Rabbi Lior was happy to see a religious police officer who is a graduate of Elon Moreh Yeshiva and remarked "A Jewish police officer" and explained: "Why do I say this? When I was in Europe after the war, we only saw gentile and wicked policemen. When I came to the land [Israel] and saw a Jewish police officer, I was filled with pride. A Hasidic police officer, on the Temple Mount.''