A young man, one of the hundreds of Jewish visitors to Har Habayis on Tisha B’Av morning 5775 before police closed the site down to visitors decided to begin reciting Shema Yisrael. It took only a few seconds until police moved in and removed him from the site because only Muslims are permitted to pray on Har Habayis and this is enforced by Israel.
After his detention and release by police the young man explains how he waited for two hours in the hot sun to get onto Har Habayis and how he decided to recite ‘Shema’ and with Hashem’s help he hopes to continue doing so in the future.
It is added that Gedolei Yisrael throughout the generations have ruled one may not visit Har Habayis. This is the ruling of Gedolei Yisrael today as well, in addition to being the position of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)