Wednesday, December 16, 2009


More on Visiting Har HaBayit

by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

[ This article was written in the Old City of Jerusalem. Standing over the 1948 Armistice Line, the Jewish Quarter and the city with Jewish residence continuously since the times of King David and the Holy Western Wall is considered Occupied Palestine by the European Union. Consuming this intellectual product may violate import laws of several EU States as "a Jewish product from Occupied Palestine". ]

The Lubavitcher Rebbe did not "pasken" (make halachic rulings), nor have a publicly announced position on ascending Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount). However, many years ago Rabbi Yitzchack Ginsburg and Rabbi Moshe Schloss (two Chabad rabbis) were going up onto Har HaBayit.

Reb Moshe Weber, obm, wrote the Rebbe and asked if it was alright. The Rebbe wrote back that under no circumstances should anyone go up onto Har Habayit. (A contact for a copy of the letter is available.) Reb Edo told me that Reb Moshe told him it was one of the most severe sins to go up.

Akiva adds: Clearly halachic opinions regarding ascending Har HaBayit differ greatly (with the majority prohibiting it). One is strongly advised to consult one's rabbi, rosh yeshiva, Rebbe, or halachic authority prior to deciding to ascend.


  1. There might be a family {Deutch?} in Chabad that have a tradition of ascending on Har Habayit . Tha Rebbe's response to an individual should not be assumed for every case. {In Reb Ginsburg's case the ascent could have been more public which would change circumstances}

    love your website keep up the great work.

  2. This is vey true.
    If nothing is published widely, then we assume that the Rebbe was refering only to the specific people.


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