For the first time since 1967, the Temple Mount has been abandoned by the Arabs who have dominated the site since General Moshe Dayan "gave the keys" to them after the Six-Day War. This is due to the murder of two Druze police officers, whom Arabs killed there last Friday, and our response — which was to place metal detectors on the site shortly thereafter.
Riots have been taking place over our security measures, and as of yesterday, the Arabs have been boycotting their "third most holy site."
Best yet, Jews have been allowed to ascend freely. If you (a Jew or Jewess) wish to do so, here are some instructions from Reb Dov Bear bar Leib in a comment:
Ascend the Mountain of the L-rd, but do not turn toward the Center of the Complex up there that is do NOT turn toward the Golden Dome. There is only kares [spiritual death or excision - CDG] if you cross over the Chiel separating the Southern Ct. of the Gentiles from the East West line which contains within its borders the Ezrat Kohanim, the Ezrat Yisrael, and the Ezrat HaNashim. In order to stay on the Southern Court of the Gentiles when entering through the Mughrabi Gate, either walk straight ahead or turn right toward the Al Aksa Mosque. Go up with a Guide to make sure that you do not err. Also separate from your spouse for three days prior, and go to a mikveh, kosher for the removal of niddah tumah, the night before ascending.
Rabbi Ephraim Sprecher also adds: Even men must clean themselves thoroughly first before immersing in the mikvah, just as a woman does before she immerses and is permitted to her husband (this is from a class I attended approximately two years ago). Consult your mikvah-going wife if you have questions. 😉
We don't have the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) yet, so heed carefully the warnings above.
"Thou shalt not murder" is the 6th of the 10 Commandments. Thank G-d that the clamping down was swift this time; and may the status quo be changed irrevocably.
Who knew it would be that easy to empty Har haBayit of those who defile it and would keep the Jewish People from its destiny! May Mashiah be revealed, even before the 9th of Av!
The big questions are: When HaShem clears the way this time, will we reject, or accept, His gift of Har haBayit and know what to do with it? Will Mashiah be able to enter the area and reign there when he is revealed and crowned (may it be now)?
UPDATE: I have been remiss in not thanking G-d immediately, directly, for the miracle written about here. THANK YOU, HQB"H AVINU MALKEINU, FOR THE CONTINUING MIRACLE OF THE CONTINUED ABSENCE OF NON-JEWS ON HAR HABAYIT as of 4 Av 5777 / 27 July 2017. May it continue! WE WANT YOUR PRESENCE AMONG US!
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