Today we got to go up on the Temple Mount! That place is huge and pictures don’t do it justice. Nevertheless I am posting a whole bunch of them. Haha!
First you walk up a footbridge structure and you can look down at the activities at the Western Wall. Today was Bar Mitzvah day.
Then you enter the Temple Mount by going up some stairs. There are people there as you enter who make sure that you are properly covered in order to be respectful of the sacredness of the site – it’s the Temple Mount, home of the Al-Aqsa mosque, and the Dome of the Rock after all. You need mid-calf or longer skirts, or pants, sleeves that are near the elbow or longer, and a fairly high neckline. You can use a scarf to cover your arms or neckline. Men, if you don’t want to wear a skirt, don’t wear shorts up there. They won’t turn you away, but they will make you borrow some clothing if you want to stay.
I have too many photos from today for only one post, so I apologize in advance for the post flood that’s coming tonight. I’ve maxed out my photo limit for this post!
I just got back from a trip to Israel. I thought the dress I wore to the temple mount was so modest, but I still got to wear the long, green, pioneer skirt. Haha!
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Yeah, we had a few who got to wear that, too. Fortunately they seemed pretty clean, so it wasn’t too bad.
Non-Muslims are permitted to enter the Temple Mount through the Bab Al-Maghariba (Moors’ Gate), reached through a covered walkway next to the Western Wall plaza, during restricted hours. These are usually 7.30-11am and 1.30-2.30pm (closed Fridays and on religious holidays), but can change. Access is not allowed during times of Muslim prayer nor at times of tension between Arabs and Jews. Modest dress is required. Non-Muslims are not normally allowed into the Dome of the Rock or the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Non-Muslim prayer on the Temple Mount is not permitted.
Here I found and interesting Article Sharing “Early Use of the Dome of the Rock” – https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/dome-rock-0010986