The Temple Institute released a video seeking to reframe the current Three Weeks/Nine Days period of national mourning for Jerusalem’s Holy Temples.
“The theme of the video is the breaking of a glass at the conclusion of every Jewish wedding,” they wrote in a release. “This widespread custom has become synonymous with Jewish weddings, symbolizing a brief interruption from the joyous occasion to remember the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. Viewers are taken on a journey through the ages with a moving montage of Jewish weddings that abruptly ends with a call to action.”
That call to action is a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 for a new school to train Kohanim (Jewish priests) for the Third Temple.
“For the last thirty years, the Rabbis and scholars of the Temple Institute have studied all of the ancient texts needed to prepare for the Third Temple, becoming the world authorities on the subject,” it continues. “They have published tens of volumes and recreated over 70 sacred vessels for use in the Third Holy Temple. Establishing a school to train Kohanim signifies a huge step towards the realization of the reestablishment of the Temple service that has been dormant for 2,000 years since the Romans destroyed the Second Holy Temple in 70 CE.”
Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, added: “Everyone that has ever attended a Jewish wedding knows that we break a glass, but how many internalize the message. The broken glass isn’t supposed to let guests know when to shout ‘Mazal Tov,’ on the contrary it is a catalyst to move people into a new level of consciousness that fuses mourning with celebration – giving hope for a time in which we will finally rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Every single bridegroom announces the proclamation that he and his future household will not forget Jerusalem, because it is incumbent on everyone of us, at all times to prepare for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. With the work of the Temple Institute over the last three decades, preparation for the Temple is no longer a dream, it’s a reality, in which everyone can play a part.”