Mar. 1, 2019
The Golden Gate in History – Moshe Dann
Although Muslims claim the Golden/Mercy Gate as a Muslim shrine, the gate was built during the Second Temple period. It is the most important gate of the Temple Mount because through it, the High Priest on Yom Kippur led the red heifer to be sacrificed on the Mount of Olives and the goat of Azazel was led into the wilderness of the Judean Desert.
The ornate double arches on the outside of the gate indicate that it is from the Second Temple period; the surrounding wall has typical Herodian-style cut stones. Turning historical and holy sites of other religions into mosques does not erase history. The writer is a PhD historian and journalist. (Jerusalem Post)