Jews across the globe mourn the destruction of the first two Holy Temples that stood in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Yearning for the rebuilding plays a central role in the traditional prayers and scripture of the Jewish people. But how many are serious about physically rebuilding the actual structure?
The Temple Institute commissioned the actual digital reconstruction of the grand building, with breathtaking results. “The three-minute video walks viewers through the main sanctuary, showcasing decades of research and tens of innovative Halachic solutions to various perplexing issues that were resolved to create fully functional, ready-to-use plans,” explain the producers. “As the visual tour sweeps through the sanctuary, one can see the menorah, incense altar and showbread table, all of which have already been prepared by the Institute, among 70 other sacred vessels. The presentation was specially released to coincide with the Ninth of Av, the Jewish national day of mourning which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples.”
The video comes one year after the Temple Institute appealed to its supporters to take part in an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign that raised over $100,000 for the architectural plans – it was first released to supporters of a current campaign to raise the first kosher Red Heifer in Israel in over 2,000 years.
“One third of all Torah commandments pertain to the building of and service in the Holy Temple,” explained Temple Institute Director Rabbi Chaim Richman. “Today, we not only mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples, but also our inability to fulfill one third of the Torah. Over the last three decades, the Temple Institute has done everything in our power to research and prepare for the Third Temple. As world Jewry sits on the ground mourning the first two Temples, we have taken a huge leap towards the rebuilding, by releasing a 3D architectural rendition of the Third Temple”
What are your thoughts on this project? Is there a scenario where this rebuilding could be undertaken peacefully – after all, the Torah quotes God describing it as “a house for all nations.”