Love of the Land

For the week ending 1 September 2007 / 18 Elul 5767

Sha’ar Harachamim – The Sealed Gate

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll


Why is this gate known as Sha’ar Harachamim (Mercy Gate) sealed?

At one time this gate was the only direct entrance to the TempleMount area from outside the city. When the Muslims became aware of an ancient tradition that Mashiach would come through this gate on his way to redeeming Israel, they sealed it in order to block his arrival. They made another move that they hoped would discourage the redeemer by burying their dead in front of the gate.

© 1995-2014 Ohr Somayach International - All rights reserved.

Articles may be distributed to another person intact without prior permission. We also encourage you to include this material in other publications, such as synagogue or school newsletters. Hardcopy or electronic. However, we ask that you contact us beforehand for permission in advance at ohr@ohr.edu and credit for the source as Ohr Somayach Institutions www.ohr.edu

« Back to Love of the Land

Ohr Somayach International is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation (letter on file) and your donation is tax deductable.