A historic record was set on Thursday on the Temple Mount with the ascent of 29,215 Jews to the Temple Mount since the beginning of the year. This is the largest number of Jews ascending to Judaism’s holiest site since the liberation of the Temple Mount, and probably also since the destruction of the Temple.
The previous record was recorded in 2009 before the Coronavirus restrictions. At that time, 29,119 Jews ascended the Temple Mount.
The Temple Mount Administration noted with satisfaction that this new record was set this month while there are still more than four months left in the year to exceed even this remarkable new record. breaking all annual records happens when we are still in the middle of the year. Peak crowds are expected on the upcoming holidays of Jerusalem Day and Tisha B’Av.
Assaf Fried from the Temple Mount Administration noted the dramatic increase in Jewish visitation to the Temple Mount indicates rising interest and support for the Temple. He also credited the Israeli police with courageously carrying out their mission of safeguarding Jews and the legal mandate of equality of religion.
“More and more Jews are becoming aware of the new situation on the Temple Mount,” Fried said. “And now that the pandemic restrictions have been lifted, this love of the Temple is being expressed in the most dramatic manner.”
Fried also noted another record achieved this week on the Temple Mount. Data from Yeraeh, which records the Jews’ ascent to the Temple Mount, showed that since the Temple Mount was reopened after the Operation Guardian of the Wall last May, more than forty thousand Jews have ascended the Temple Mount in 12 months.
The Temple Mount Administration is already preparing for the thousands of Jews who will ascend the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day celebrating the return of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people in the 1967 Six-Day War.