Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A Coffin and Flags on the Temple Mount

A rioter from Shuafat who succumbed to his four-year old injuries, was buried today and his bier was brought to the Temple Mount and surrounded with flags:

Can I remind you that Jews cannot do that, even if we wanted to (but we don't because the Mount for us is sacred and funerals aren't acceptable [Rambam. Mishneh Torah, Sefer Avoda,  Beit Habechira, Chapt. 7, Halacha 14: "Jerusalem is holier than other walled cities...[Because of this holiness], the following [restrictions] were enacted in regard to Jerusalem: No corpse is left within [its boundaries] overnight. Human bones may not be transported within it...No graves may remain within [its boundaries] except for the graves of the House of David and the grave of Chuldah, the prophetess, which were there from the days of the first prophets"] although there was one instance: the body of Yosef [Rambam, Mishneh Torah, Sefer Avoda, Biat Hamikdash, Chapt. 3, Halacha 4: "A person who is impure because of contact with a human corpse - and even a corpse itself - is permitted to enter the Temple Mount. [This is derived from Exodus 13:19]: "And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him." "With him" [implies] into the camp of the Levites."]


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