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Jerusalem and the Temple Mount: National Center or Locus of Universal Worship

Saturday, May 26 | Following kiddush | BJ Community House

Jerusalem and the Temple Mount have emerged as critical foci of the Arab-Israeli conflict. On the surface it appears that their significance to the Jewish world is as a symbol of our national sovereignty that emanates from their essential holiness. Despite the broad consensus embracing this view, there is a compelling Jewish tradition that imagines Jerusalem and the Temple Mount becoming the site of universal devotion.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller will examine the sources that undergird both points of view and proceed to frame a position that affirms Jerusalem’s uniqueness to Jews and Judaism, while at the same time promoting the aspirational vision of its universality.