I see the ultra-Orthodox as being similar to the Essenes in the sense that the latter had a special gate and a segregated place for offering sacrifices in Jerusalem, as Beall (following others) argues here:Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism are represented among Israeli Jews. According to The Israel Democracy Institute, as of 2013, approximately 8 percent of Israel’s Jewish population "identified" with Reform and Conservative Judaism, a study by Pew Research Center showed 5% did, while a Midgam survey showed that one third "especially identified with Progressive Judaism", almost as many as those who especially identify with Orthodox Judaism. The Chief Rabbinate strongly opposes the Reform and Conservative movements, saying they are "uprooting Judaism", that they cause assimilation and that they have “no connection” to authentic Judaism. The chief rabbinate's view does not reflect the majority viewpoint of Israeli Jews, however. A survey of Israeli Jews published in May 2016 showed that 72 percent of respondents said they disagreed with the Haredi assertions that Reform Jews are not really Jewish. The survey also showed that a third of Israeli Jews "identify" with progressive (Reform or Conservative) Judaism and almost two thirds agree that Reform Judaism should have equal rights in Israel with Orthodox Judaism.
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Josephus ... is saying that the Essenes send votive offerings to the Temple, but because they have different purification rites, they are excluded from the common court and offer sacrifices by themselves ... Other scholars believe the Essenes did sacrifice at the Jerusalem Temple. Black proposes that the Essenes simply avoided contact with other worshippers in the public precinct. He links this with the gate of the Essenes ... necessary to avoid contact with other Temple worshippers. Baumgarten suggests that he Essenes may have eaten the sacrifices by themselves in an isolated area of the Temple after the priests had offered them on the altar. He notes that according to Josephus, the Essenes certainly had not made a complete break with Jerusalem and the Temple; Judas [the Essene] was teaching in the court of the Temple ... Menachem [the Essene] talked with Herod in his youth ... John the Essene was appointed general at a public meeting in the Temple ... and the existence of the gate of the Essenes ... denotes the Essenes presence in Jerusalem. Thus, the Essenes may well have sacrificed at Jerusalem, but segregated themselves to eat the sacrifices with ritual purity.
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Whether or not this interpretation of Josephus is correct, it serves as an illustration of how I think the present situation regarding the Western Wall could be handled, with the ultra-Orthodox having a segregated section of it for themselves to avoid contact with other worshippers. That way all Jews (and Gentiles) could have (separate but) equal access to the most significant religious and national site in Judaism.
Personally though, given that I view the Wall as a remnant of Hadrian's pagan temple and the presence of Islamic buildings on the Temple Mount, I think a temple could be rebuilt in Shiloh, since the Torah does not specify Jerusalem as "the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His Name," and there had previously been a temple in Shiloh. As Jeremiah puts it in 7:12-15:
But go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for My name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these things, declares the Lord, and because I have spoken to you time and time again but you would not listen, and I have called to you but you would not answer, therefore what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears My name, the house in which you trust, the place that I gave to you and your fathers. And I will cast you out of My presence, just as I have cast out all your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim.
So in the big picture, the way I see it is that if God's name resided in and then was removed from the Shiloh Temple, and then resided in and was removed from the Jerusalem Temple, and then resided in and was removed from the Jerusalem Temple a second time, then why couldn't it reside in Shiloh again?
Shiloh was established by Joshua, son of Nun, approximately 3,500 years ago, as the spiritual capital of Israel. The Tabernacle was placed there, and Jews from all over the land came to worship at the location (Joshua 18:1). The Tabernacle stood in Shiloh for over 350 years according to Jewish tradition, and its remains can still be seen today ...
One of the most special features of historical Shiloh, said Sela, was the emphasis placed on the importance of women during Biblical times. Women even worked around the Tabernacle, helping to run the holy site. Today, visitors to Tel Shiloh are able to experience first-hand the tasks that women traditionally performed. “[The workshops we do] also include various types of work that women were involved with to help with the upkeep of the Tabernacle,” Sela said ...
But Tel Shiloh isn’t just a site to commemorate the past. It is a place that embraces Jewish continuity and a Jewish future. In addition to having a mutually beneficial relationship with the local thriving Jewish community of Shiloh, the site attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, including people of all ages from all over Israel as well as approximately 50,000 tourists from around the world.
https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/4817 ... d-samaria/