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Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash

Har Habayit and Beit Hamikdash

Shalom, L’cvod Rav Osher Weiss Shlita,

I would like to understand why many Rabbis prohibit people going up to Har Habyit even after they have gone to a Mikvah. According to the Rambam in Hilchot biyat hamikdash 3:4, even a dead person may be brought onto Har Habayit.

Why do these same Rabbis reject over 200 Mitzvot that can only be done on Har Habyit? Where in our Torah does it say we may defer mitzvot until Moshiach? I found a quote in the Igeret Hashmad of the Rambam (rav Kook edition) page 66, that states that no Mitzvot are dependent on Mashiach , but rather we must do all of them. Where does this heter to not rebuild the Mikdash come from? Is it Halachah or Hashkafah? If the latter can we as Torah Jews follow a hashkafah that negates Halacha?

Thank You,


Har Habyis is comprised of areas that would be permitted for entry after the mikva, but also of places that are forbidden for entry in any event, such as the place of the Kodesh Kodoshim which was prohibited from all entry except for the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur.

As we have no clear conclusion as to the placement of the various sections of Hr Habayis we prohibit all entry to Har Habayis.

There are many halachic and practical impediments to rebuilding the Beis Hamikdash, based on our capability, control, and knowledge. It is clear from Chazal and the Rambam that the third Beis Hamikdash will only be built with the coming of Mashiach.

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