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God's Holy Mountain
A vision for the Temple Mount (Al Haram Al Sharif)
A study project of the Interfaith Encounter Association

The world holds dark assumptions that fervent dreams by different faiths for the Temple Mount (الحرم الشريف) must lead to conflict.

We pretend that these dreams no longer matter, but past regional peace initiatives have fallen apart in disputes about the Temple Mount.

Join us in unveiling the prophetic calling of God’s Holy Mountain through close religious study, and in seeing:

The Temple Mount is not a problem but the place for Jew, Muslim, and Christian to fulfill Zechariah’s prophecy: “On that day, God will be one and His name one.”

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"Whose Mountain is this?", a street activity for the 9th of Av took place on July 20, 2010 -- click links for Ynet coverage [English] and interview on Channel Two, Israeli TV [Hebrew, scroll down for link].
Documentary film screening, presentation and discussion of God's Holy Mountain took place in Jerusalem on June 9, 2010 -- see details and picture album here.
The Project's launching event took place on June 18, 2009. See Reuters' coverage as well as video available here.
"A New Vision for God's Holy Mountain" was published in the Washington Post on June 10, 2009, available here.

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This is a vision about transforming the Temple Mount from a place of contention to a place that is truly God's Holy Mountain, a house of prayer for all people (Isaiah 56:7). It is a vision of fulfilling the ultimate mission of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and the original purpose of the Temple, for the entire world to worship the One God together in peace. This vision is proposed by observant Jews, supported by background papers researched over five years and presented here. Of particular importance is one, published in Tehumin, the leading periodical of halachah (Jewish law) in Israel, about the Role of the Prophet in specifying a precise location on Mount Moriah for a rebuilt Temple.

In Torah, prophets, Talmud, and Jewish history, the first and second temples were not just for the Jewish people, but for the entire world (see The Universal Temple). References in sacred Jewish texts to the role of non-Jews in the Temple are explicit, repeated, and striking. The Temple was to be constructed by Jews to fulfill their God-given mission, as commanded through Abraham and later prophets, to bring knowledge of the One God to the whole world, so that the world would worship the One God together in peace.

When the Romans conquered Israel and destroyed the Temple, they changed the Temple Mount from what was a place of common worship of the One God by Jews and non-Jews of the time to a place of violence and conflict. Using the scheme of divide and conquer, Caesar and his descendents throughout history set one people against another, fomenting conflict as a diversion from their extortionate schemes. They did so despite the central teaching of all to serve the same One God, as stated by the Jewish prophets, Jesus, and Mohammed. Regrettably, the world continues this destructive legacy for the Temple Mount today through dark assumptions about inevitable conflict between people of different faiths. By viewing the Temple Mount as a place to contest every square inch of space, we are perpetuating the ways of Caesar, not of God.

The image shown depicts a rebuilt Temple in peaceful proximity to the Islamic and Christian shrines in Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the purpose of the Temple to manifest the One God to the entire world. This vision is absolutely not about compromise for Jews, Muslims, or Christians. Rather it is about radical fulfillment of a basic tenet of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and other religions of the world, to manifest the One God on earth by worshipping the One God together in peace. It is about a transformation of the Temple Mount to reflect the ultimate prophetic character of God’s Holy Mountain.

After initial consultation with rabbis of stature in Israel, this vision is being presented for thoughtful contemplation to Jews, Muslims, Christians, and those of other religions, including scholars, rabbis, imams, ministers, and the general public. We are observant Jews (see about us), and therefore bound by the principle of Jewish law (halachah), which means basically that an idea, even if it seems right in our hearts and minds, may not be God's will, and thus should follow these guidelines. Within Judaism, it is the purview of rabbis to weigh such issues based upon the vast body of Jewish scripture, teachings, and law. We believe, however, that this vision is possible according to halachah based upon the Role of the Prophet in determining the location of a rebuilt, Third Temple on Mount Moriah. It is thus possible that a prophet could rule according to the vision proposed and therefore acceptable according to Jewish law to contemplate and discuss this vision.

We propose this vision with the fervent hope that it can remind Jews, Muslims, Christians and others of the core teachings of our common prophets and of the mission that God calls us now to fulfill. The world is at a crossroads today between following the way of Caesar toward destruction or following the way of God toward redemption. Let us be very clear that it is not the place of any group of Jews to know the will of God or to present a plan for rebuilding the Temple. We present this vision in humility for contemplation and discussion. Should it be the will of God, we hope that one day it will be realized (See The Jewish Temple and God's Holy Mountain).

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