Religion: Time for A New Temple?

New Temple? Traditionalist Jews hope to rebuild their sacred edifice, but a mosque and centuries of enmity stand in the way

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. Though 19 centuries have passed since Roman troops obliterated Herod's gilded Temple, the Mount remains the object of intense Jewish reverence. But for the past 13 centuries the same trapezoidal tract has also been Islam's holiest site after Mecca and Medina: its Al Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock honor the spot whence the Prophet...

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