Temple Mount

I am not loving the fact that the view today from the Western Wall Camera includes the Dome of the Rock. How can I overcome the heartbreak every time I see our holy Temple Mount being occupied by another religion?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

On the one hand, it is very difficult for Jews to accept that something is built on the spot of the Holy Temple.

On the other hand, we can thank God for the kindness He has shown – since I imagine He could have allowed a much less flattering structure built on it – like a parking lot, or a sanctuary to an idol. In this case, the Muslims believe in one God and treat the Temple Mount with sanctity.

In fact, Maimonides explains that other monotheistic religions have flourished in order to help spread essential Jewish ideals, to better prepare the world for the coming of the Messiah.

What is highly objectionable is when political and religious leaders try to deny the indisputable history that two Jewish Temples existed on this site for hundreds of years – long before the founding of Islam. For example, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was quoted in the newspaper Kul Al-Arab (August 25, 2000) that: the Jews "claim that 2,000 years ago they had a Temple. I challenge the claim that this is so."

May the Almighty bring the redemption speedily in our days.

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