Jews must stop Temple Mount visits, Sephardi chief rabbi says

Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef speaks during the funeral of Shalom Aharon Ba’adani, in Jerusalem on November 7, 2014. (Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
At funeral of teen killed in terror attack, Yitzhak Yosef says visits only further incitement and violence, blasts ‘fourth-rate rabbis’ who encourage them.

By Itamar Sharon and Times of Israel staff

Israel’s Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef on Friday called on Jews to stop their attempts to visit Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, in order to restore calm to the capital after weeks of violence and religious clashes surrounding the holy site. He said it was religiously forbidden for Jews to ascend to the mount at all, reiterating a long-held consensual rabbinical view that today’s impure Jews should not risk defiling the holiest site in Judaism.

“We need to stop the incitement provoked by people going to the Temple Mount,” Yitzhak said at the funeral of 17-year-old Shalom Ba’adani, who was critically injured in Wednesday’s car attack in Jerusalem and died of his wounds Friday.

“Jews must not go to the Temple Mount and provoke the Arab terrorists,” he said. “This must be stopped…only in this manner shall the blood of the people of Israel stop being spilt.”

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