“The Temple Mount is a unique place for prayer. As Prime Minister, we ask you to do what is necessary to establish a place of prayer for Jews on the Temple Mount, in a respectable and peaceful manner, that will honor the holy place we all long for.”
Build A Synagogue On The Temple Mount, Leading Zionist Orthodox Rabbis Tell Netanyahu
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
A broad representation of leading Zionist Orthodox rabbis have issued a call for a synagogue to be built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Arutz Sheva reported.
The rabbis issued the call in a joint letter written to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“The Temple Mount is a unique place for prayer. As Prime Minister, we ask you to do what is necessary to establish a place of prayer for Jews on the Temple Mount, in a respectable and peaceful manner, that will honor the holy place we all long for,” the letter reportedly reads.
Among the rabbis who signed the letter are Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Rabbi She'ar Yashuv-Cohen, Rabbi Menachem Borstein, Rabbi Daniel Shilo, Rabbi Dov Lior, Rabbi Eliyahu Zinni, and Rabbi Haim Cohen.
Professors, educators, and professionals also signed the letter, which was written by the Amutat Yishai organization. Amutat Yishai advocates building a synagogue on the part of the Temple Mount that most rabbis agree Jews can visit despite being ritually impure.
Israel’s haredi-controlled state Chief Rabbinate and most other haredi rabbis oppose Jews visiting thee Temple Mount out of a fear they may wander into the area where the ancient Jewish temple stood – something forbidden by Jewish law due to ritual impurity which can only be removed through a complicated ceremony involving a perfect red heifer. Such an animal has never been found in a way that it would be usable for the ceremony.
Muslim groups, including the Islamic Waqf which administers the Muslim shrines on the Temple Mount site, strongly oppose any Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.
To prevent conflict with the Waqf and other Muslims, Israel forbids Jews from praying on the Temple Mount.
Netanyahu has not yet responded to the Amutat Yishai letter.