For 2000 years of exile the idea of really rebuilding the Holy Temple was something that was over the rainbow, inaccessible, "impossible " to achieve. So the whole topic of the Holy Temple became an allegory for other things. Now that Israel has returned to her land and the concept of rebuilding the Holy Temple is not only staggeringly achievable but also historically inevitable, it's time to retire the allegories and re-understand the commandment to build the Holy Temple on its literal level. The additional month of Adar with which we are blessed this year is not for marking time, but for making the most out of the gift of time. Getting serious about the Holy Temple is one way to start.
This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TETZAVE: Only the sons of Aharon can wear the priestly garments and only while they are wearing the priestly garments can they serve in the Holy Temple as priests, enter the Temple Sanctuary and perform the Divine service. Yet elsewhere in Torah all of Israel is described as a “kingdom of priests.” (Exodus 19:6) Is there really a way in which each one of us can serve in the capacity of priest?
LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman: BUILDING THE HOLY TEMPLE, PART VIII: FULFILLING THE COMMANDMENT: What exactly did Rashi, the great commentator, say concerning the building of the third
Holy Temple, and how are we to understand his words? When is he referring to the physical Holy Temple, and when is he referring to the spiritual essence of the Holy Temple. Available Thursday, February 10.
GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE AND RABBI CHAIM RICHMAN DISCUSS ISRAEL, JERUSALEM AND THE HOLY TEMPLE: Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas, and likely presidential hopeful in 2012, has spent the past few days in Israel. On Thursday evening, February 3rd, (Rosh Chodesh Adar), the Temple Institute's Rabbi Chaim Richman was a guest of Governor Huckabee at the David's Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. To learn more, please click here:
FEBRUARY 2011: MOSLEM DESTRUCTION AT THE SITE OF THE ALTAR ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: For the past eight months the Temple Mount structure known as the Dome of the Chain has been concealed from view by a white metal fence and black fabric. Obvious to onlookers that either some kind of construction or destruction was taking place beyond the white barrier, the Moslem Wakf, which initiated and oversaw the work, forbid anyone from approaching the area, let alone photograph it. To view photographs and to learn more, please click here:
BLUEPRINTS AND COMPUTER ANIMATION OF THE SANHEDRIN CHAMBER OF HEWN STONE: The Temple Institute presents for the first time, complete and highly detailed blueprints of the Sanhedrin Assembly Hall, the Chamber of Hewn Stone, part of the Holy Temple complex itself. These plans, drawn up by a top Israeli architectural firm hired by the Temple Institute, incorporate modern technological innovation while remaining
true to the specific requirements of the Sanhedrin. This short video is based on these plans.