Bill: Allow Jews to pray on Temple Mount

MK Bezalel Smotrich’s bill to ensure full freedom of access, worship to every religion at every Israeli holy site – Temple Mount included.

By Tova Dvorin

MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) submitted a bill demanding that Jews be allowed freedom of worship on the Temple Mount this week, hoping to pave the way for full religious freedom at Judaism’s holiest site.

The bill effectively would demand that Israel’s religious freedom laws include full access of worship to every holy site in the country with regard to all religions – including the Mount.

While Israel technically guarantees freedom of religion, the law has a “lacuna” which “does not protect, specifically, freedom of worship and freedom of access.” Read more

Incredible archaeological find strengthens Israel’s history to Mount Zion

By Ari Soffer,

Archaeologists unearth seal of King Hezekiah of Judea near Temple Mount – shedding new, exciting light on the Bibilical narrative.

Archaeologists digging just south of Jerusalem’s Temple Mount have made a historic discovery, unearthing the first-ever seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation.

The discovery, made during Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, is an impression of the royal seal of the Biblical King Hezekiah, who reigned between 727–698 BCE.

Measuring 9.7 X 8.6 mm, the oval impression was imprinted on a 3 mm thick soft bulla (piece of inscribed clay) measuring 13 X 12 mm. Around the impression is the depression left by the frame of the ring in which the seal was set.

The impression bears an insc‎ription in ancient Hebrew sc‎ript reading: “לחזקיהו [בן] אחז מלך יהדה”//“Belonging to Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz king of Judah.” Read more

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