The Temple Mount in the Teachings of Rabbi Shlomo Goren

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Shifra MescheloffBar-Ilan University

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Rabbi Shlomo Goren was regarded as a prominent halachic authority in his time, with a Zionist perspective. He took an active part in the Six-Day War and accompanied the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) paratroopers to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. The picture of him blowing a shofar by the Western Wall during the war was published worldwide and is considered one of the central symbols of the time. After the war, Rabbi Goren was a strong advocate of changing the traditional halachic practice of forbidding Jews to ascend to the Temple Mount. He was active in various political and rabbinic activities to that end for the rest of his life.

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shifra mescheloff is head of the Civil Legal Aid Clinic in the Jewish Law Tribunals of Bar-Ilan University.

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