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Nov 11, 2015

Nursing a Jewish Baby on Temple Mount

I am not sure what to think of this. the baby needs to eat, he should be fed. On the other hand, it seems to me to be inappropriate to nurse a baby on Har Habayit.. I don't see anything wrong with it. People, especially kohanim, used to eat on Har Habayit and in the Mikdash, but I would not bring a sandwich there nowadays to eat while on Har Habayit. It seems strange, but it seems there should not be anything wrong with it.

I think it plays to the old argument of whether nursing a baby is something "dirty" and private (like relieving oneself, lehavdil), or if it is just natural and this is how a baby eats. This is the basis of the big argument of how to treat nursing mothers in public places (and this is not just a Jewish or Israeli issue - this debate rages all over the world)

From The Jewish Press:
The Temple Institute, an Israeli organization dedicated to establishing the Third Temple, is one of the few Jewish groups dedicating themselves to finding a crack in the status quo on the Temple Mount, which forbids Jewish prayer there, and frequently blocks Jews from entering the compound.
Their most recent case in point: “Until now the ‘status quo’ imposed by the Netanyahu-Kerry-Abdullah triumvirate ‘only’ forbade Jewish prayer, Jewish tears, Jewish laughter, Jewish lip moving, Jewish body swaying, Jewish bowing, Jewish standing motionless, Jewish singing, Jewish blessings, Jewish eating and Jewish drinking,” goes their statement from Monday — “Now it also forbids a Jewish mother from nursing her crying Jewish infant.”
[Editor: Perhaps the baby said the bracha (blessing) out loud?]

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