Open the Gates of the Temple Mount! Rabbis Urge Netanyahu

Leading rabbis call on Israel’s most religious government ever to finally allow Passover sacrifices at Judaism’s holiest site.

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Temple Mount
Jewish men perform a Passover Sacrifice 'practice' ceremony at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem's Old City.
Jewish men perform a Passover Sacrifice 'practice' ceremony at the Davidson Center in Jerusalem's Old City. Photo: Shir Torem/Flash90

Fifteen prominent rabbis have asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to open the gates of the Temple Mount to Jewish religious observance next week. In particular, they want to offer a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount when the biblical holiday begins next Wednesday evening.

“We have been blessed by God’s grace that the place of the Temple is under Jewish control, and to the extent that the State of Israel sees the offering of the Passover sacrifice as a national interest first and foremost, as it should be, we want to offer the Passover sacrifice in its rightful place and at its rightful time despite all the difficulties,” the rabbis wrote in a letter addressed to the prime minister and his Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir.

The “difficulties” to which they referred have to do primarily with the expected violent reaction of the Muslim world, which today sees the Temple Mount as Islam’s third holiest site.

See: Declaration of War! Palestinians Warn Jews Against Passover Sacrifice

The rabbis noted that the rulings of Jewish sages throughout the centuries were in favor of offering the Passover sacrifice even before the Third Temple is built.

Every Passover Eve a group of Temple Mount activists tries to enter the sacred compound in order to offer a Passover sacrifice in accordance with biblical law. But the Israel Police is always prepared, and has never allowed this to occur.

See related: Third Temple Alert – Police Authorize Passover Sacrifice Next to Temple Mount


“They are crazy!”

The calls for a renewal of biblical ceremony and custom are usually met with a hostile reaction by those secular Israelis who are paying attention.

Giving voice to their displeasure this year was former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, who accused Netanyahu and his government of seeking to “destroy” the Al Aqsa Mosque (at the southern end of the Temple Mount) and start a war with the entire Muslim world.

This despite the fact that Netanyahu has not and most certainly won’t respond to the rabbis’ letter, and that the police under his government’s orders will prevent a Passover sacrifice from being conducted atop the Temple Mount.

In a rambling interview with the UK-based think tank Chatham House, Barak asserted that kippa-wearing religious Jews like Ben-Gvir want to turn a purely political conflict with the Palestinians into a religious war against Islam as a whole.

Overtly secular Israelis like Barak have long refused to acknowledge that the Jewish state’s fight for survival is a religious war, and that the Muslims have always viewed it as such.

He believes that it will only become a religious war if people like Ben-Gvir are permitted to “implement something like old traditions, traditions of the Torah, of slaughtering goats and sheep for sacrifices.”


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4 responses to “Open the Gates of the Temple Mount! Rabbis Urge Netanyahu”

  1. Lois Heal Bright says:

    No wonder the Lord Jesus wept as He drew near the city of Jerusalem, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for peace!” (Luke 19:41-42)

    I think back to the prophet Isaiah’s words: “… thus says the LORD…I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1-3)

    I also remember the words of Jesus: “..after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” (Matt. 26:2); and 3 days later, at the grave where He was buried, we hear an angel say, “He is not here; for He is risen as He said..” (Matt. 27:63-28:6)

    “…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them…” (2 Cor. 5:19)

    As we celebrate Passover, I bow with a thankful heart before God’s Holy One, our Savior!

  2. Annette Leon says:

    Isiah 1.:11.
    IS it presumptuous of me that in honesty does not know my Bible but I do remember reading this.
    Maybe taken out of context if that is the correct word to use, but sacrifice in my way of thinking is to personally give not through the life of an animal, hate the word but in charity, what our Creator expects from us.
    I would have thought sacrifice of such was back in the Bronze age when there were tribes that had herds of animals. I see no purpose in today’s world.???? ????

  3. Masami Cobley says:

    I have been praying and fasting that the Messiah King of the Jews, Yeshua, may reveal Himself to 153 leaders of Israel, including these 15 rabbis as well as 120 MKs and Supreme Court judges, on the Passover night next week. But now I realise that these rabbis’ demands for animal sacrifice on the Temple Mount need to be hushed earlier. So, I pray that the Lamb of God may reveal Himself to these rabbis even tonight, the Shabbat night. I hope that someone else may join me in that prayer.

  4. Fernwood Van says:

    Good Sunday to you all: Concerning the sacrificial practices required by God of the
    Jews from Moses time ending in 70AD with the Destruction of the Temple. Jesus was and is the final and the only completely atoning sacrifice for sin. That said. There is way to much to get into here being that the Jews are still the chosen people noting that in 1948 the nation of Israel was reborn. Orthodox Jews follow the Mosaic law. This is why they are seeking to do the sacrifice at the southern steps during this Passover season. You can search in Israel today on Red Heifers and you will find articles on the need for these particular animals for Temple cleansing. So start there and I hope that will help you understand why the Orthodox Jews are working to do a sacrifice.

    Hope this helps a bit.
    Blessings to you all. Jesus is indeed coming again and soon!!!

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