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Why is the Temple Mount in Jerusalem Sacred to the Jewish People?

The Children of Israel’s connection to the Temple Mount, a sacred Jewish holy site, has existed since ancient times. But why? What makes it so special?

The Jewish people have a historical, religious, spiritual, and national connection to the Temple Mount area that dates back to antiquity. For Jews, the Temple Mount represents the holiest site on the entire planet. Adam was created there. The binding of Isaac occurred there. Eventually, the First and Second Holy Temples stood on this very ground. When the Temple existed, all Jews visited them to perform sacrifices to G-d at least three times each year, in fulfillment of G-d’s commandments. This sacred building housed the Ark of the Covenant in which the Ten Commandments were stored.

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