Jews May Not Drink from Har Habayis Fountain

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In the accompanying video, a Jewish visitor to Har Habayis is being detained as police check his identity number after he dared to drink from the water fountain, which is restricted; for use by Muslim worshipers exclusively.

YWN NOTES: Gedolei Yisrael over the generations and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibit visiting Har Habayis, which they explain carries the punishment of karess.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)




8 COMMENTS

  1. If I recall, according to their religious laws, if a jew drinks from it then it becomes their version of tamei. If I am correct, I am sympathetic to their situation.

  2. searchin345, I believe so, or at least the apartheid did work both ways. But it’s been a few years since I’ve read about the subject that it’ll take me a bit to remember where to find the books.

    At any rate, where’s our Democratic friends and the superhero group called The Squad to protest this racist action?

  3. I don’t get the issue here. Obviously, as YWN editors routinely note on every article dealing with har habayis, it is assur for a Yid to go up. Yet, there are many segments of the tzibur, both frum and secular, who do so. However, what is the significance of this water fountain and prohibiting a yid from drinking. Does the water have some special significance to Muslims??

  4. besalel wrote: “If I recall, according to their religious laws, if a jew drinks from it then it becomes their version of tamei. If I am correct, I am sympathetic to their situation.”

    If they think Jews (and only Jews) make their water impure, why would you be sympathetic??

  5. comments: christians are included. I am sympathetic because religious rules of purity/impurity do not translate very well into our modern notions of discrimination. See, e.g., Niddah. While its interesting that in our laws a live non-jew cannot convey tummah in theirs, Lehavdil, all “infidels” do convey tumah.

  6. what in the world are you thinking???????????? A jew CANT GO THERE i love you and everthing But you should never be going there in the first place