Watch the video footage from Rabbi Pinto's lesson
In a lesson given to his students, Rabbi Pinto warned Jews going up to the Temple Mount: "According to Jewish law, it is forbidden to go up there. Whoever enters the Temple Mount passes on a pillow. We don't know how to allow it. People think they're doing something good. But it's forbidden by Jewish law."
Rabbi Pinto addressed another problematic point in Jewish ascension to the Temple Mount – provoking Muslims, which is forbidden by the Torah. "Apart from the matter that it is forbidden to provoke the nations of the world, it is also forbidden according to halacha. It is a place that is the Holy of Holies and it is written that "the approaching stranger will be put to death". And why provoke gentiles? After all, G-d has sworn the people of Israel three oaths that they will not provoke the nations of the world. We must not provoke gentiles," Rabbi Pinto added.
"There are things that a person must be wise in advance and not go into," he said, addressing his students: "Don't look for permits, it's forbidden to set foot on the Temple Mount."
David Berger, in collaboration with Shova Israel
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