To what does this term refer: "mizbeach hadash b-Zion"? It appears in the musaf amida for Rosh Hodesh.

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    There is currently no altar on the Temple Mount. We would like there to be one.
    – Joel K
    Commented May 8 at 14:00
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    I think this is self-explanatory, it refers to a new mizbeach, aka the third Beis HaMikdash.
    – Shmuel
    Commented May 8 at 14:12
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    Why is this question downvoted?
    – Menachem
    Commented May 8 at 19:50

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The meaning becomes reasonably clear if the full sentence in which the words you quote (mizbeach hadash b-Zion) appears is set out:

מִזְבֵּֽחַ חָדָשׁ בְּצִיּוֹן תָּכִין וְעוֹלַת רֹאשׁ חֹֽדֶשׁ נַעֲלֶה עָלָיו Establish a new altar in Zion, and we will offer on it the Rosh Chodesh burnt-offering

The request is for the restoration of the Bet HaMikdash and the re-establishment of the altar for korbanot including the Rosh Chodesh olah (burnt offering)

  • So you are saying that the RH musaf amida was written post korban 2nd Temple?
    – Yehuda W
    Commented May 9 at 15:31
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    @YehudaW Yes, it is certainly my understanding that the Amidah text was finalised after the Churban Bayit Sheni
    – Edward B
    Commented May 9 at 18:38
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