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    • Michl
    • 21.03.12 | 06:23 (IST)

    The Chief Rabbinate Council has continually reminded the all Jews that 'in view of the fact that the holiness of the area never ceases, it is forbidden to ascend the Temple Mount until the Temple is built.' In banning access to the Temple Mount, the chief rabbis were following Maimonides' view that the Shechinah is still present at the place of the Temple. Entry to it is forbidden and punishable with kareth – except in for reasons of pikuah nefesh. Chief Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, also holds that access to the entire Mount is forbidden until the precise location of the Temple and the Holy of Holies can be verified, lest one accidently enters the sacred sites and be subject with kareth. The Chief Rabbi also re-examined the views of Raved and Maimonides concerning the present day sanctity of the Temple and subsequently agreed with the Chief Rabbinate that the ban applies to the whole of the Temple Mount. Basically, until the Temple is rebuilt and the appropriate sacrifices made (you know, the Red Heifer bit) no Jew can enter the Temple Mount upon pain of death and eternal damnation. So, we should leave off on the Waqf and look to ourselves.

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