May it be Thy will
that the Temple be speedily rebuilt in our days…

That plea to God,
recited three times a day in Jewish prayers, expresses a yearning that makes
Jerusalem’s Temple Mount potentially the most volatile 35 acres on earth.

Two Talmudic schools
located near the Western (Wailing) Wall are teaching nearly 200 students the
elaborate details of Temple service. Other groups are researching the family
lines of Jewish priests who alone may conduct sacrifices. Next year an organizing
convention will be held for those who believe themselves to be of priestly descent.
Former Chief Rabbi Shlomo Goren, who heads another Temple Mount organization,
believes his research has fixed the location of the ancient Holy of Holies so
that Jews can enter the Mount without sacrilege. He insists, “I cannot
leave this world without assuring that Jews will once again pray on the Mount.”

Time, October
16, 1989. p. 64-65

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