Thursday, July 24, 2008

Halocho #130 - Seeing the Temple Mount for the first time

The Kotel ("Wailing wall") is the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount where the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) stood until it was destroyed over 1,900 years ago. The Kotel "plaza" is outside the Temple Mount. Every prayer of ours - Amida and Birkat Hamazon - includes a supplication to once again be able to serve Hashem on the other side of the Kotel; from inside the rebuilt Bet Hamikdash. When seeing the place where the Bet Hamikdash stood, one needs to do Kri'a; tear ones clothes in the same way that mourners do. One only needs to tear Kri'a if one hasn't been in Jerusalem for 30 days or longer. Source Shulchan Aruch, OC 561 The prevalent Yerushalmi custom is not to tear Kri'a on days one doesn't say Tachanun, including Friday afternoons. - Danny Jerusalem, Thursday, 21 Tamuz 5768

Please daven for a little girl - TAMAR bat NAAMA - תמר בת נעמה


  1. yerushalmi custom... does everybody take that on or are there other customs that hold you still do that?

  2. There are people who tear kri'a on all days, except for Shabbat and Yom Tov.

    I have seen it discussed in Seforim.