Temple

Analysis: How rabbinate lost influence over holiest site

By Nathan Jeffay, December 20, 2013

Israel’s chief rabbis have issued a declaration reminding the public of the religious ban against visiting the holiest site in Judaism, Temple Mount.

The new chief rabbis, who took office five months ago, have stated that they adhere to the traditional position, which has dominated Israeli Orthodoxy since Israel captured Temple Mount in 1967.

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Let Jews visit Temple Mount this Chanucah, says MK

By Daniel Easterman, November 26, 2013

A member of the Knesset has told police chiefs they must allow Jews to visit and pray at the Temple Mount this Chanucah.

Miri Regev, who belongs to the right-wing of the Likud- Beiteinu ruling coalition, spoke to police chiefs at a special Knesset Committee hearing, telling them that they "must allow Jews to go up to the site on Chanucah".

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Minister blocks export of rare temple wall hangings

By Zoe Winograd, March 27, 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export ban on rare 18th century silk hangings due to “their outstanding significance for the study of Jewish ritual art”.

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Final stops before making aliyah

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

As a pre-aliyah treat, a Hendon 72-year-old enjoyed a sentimental tour of some of her favourite London haunts on a red bus hired by family members.

Some three dozen relatives from the capital and Manchester set off with Helen Ginsbury from Golders Green, among them Hendon Synagogue's Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury, who is one of her sons.

The route incorporated places of personal interest, includi

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Why a bleak fast can still be called a festival

By Rabbi David Lister, August 8, 2008

The fast of Tishah b'Av this weekend is one of the most mournful days in the calendar. But the rabbis still found seeds of hope within it


Much of Tishah b'Av is designed to break our morale. On this bleak day we mourn the destruction of the First and Second Temples on Temple Mount in Jerusalem, along with many other tragedies that have befallen us in the centuries that have passed.

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