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this page last updated: Elul 23, 5774 / September 18, 2014




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Are you ready for the peace we all long for in the Middle East?

The Third Temple in Jerusalem will be the House of Prayer for all nations. Every prophet of Israel, without exception, prophesied that the Temple would be rebuilt, ushering a new era of universal harmony and peace. The "movement" to rebuild the Holy Temple was born almost 2,000 years ago, at the moment of the Second Temple's Destruction.

After millennia of yearning, only one organization is paving the way for the rebuilding of the Temple. The Temple Institute, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is a research organization dedicated to the preparing for the construction of the Third Temple, including the recreation of 60 sacred Temple vessels ready for use once the Temple is rebuilt. These include the High Priest's breastplate featuring the twelve precious stones of the tribes of Israel, the half-ton golden menorah, and the musical instrument of the Levitical choir.

Now is time for one of its most ambitious projects yet: completing architectural plans for the actual construction, fusing ancient texts and modern technology. While strictly adhering to the religious requirements set forth in Biblical texts, the Third Temple will also be equipped with every modern amenity: full computerization, underground parking, temperature control, elevators, docks for public transportation, wheelchair access, and much more.



Weekly Torah Portion: Nitzavim-Vayelech/Rosh HaShana Greeting

In this week's parasha the children of Israel are about to enter into a covenant with Hashem, and we are today about to enter into the new year of 5775. The same challenge that stood before Israel as she stood poised to enter the land, stands before us today. We must stand strong in the face of the evil and death that encompasses us all around, and be poised and ready to take a stand and to act for good and life and blessing in the world. Building the Holy Temple, a source of light and blessing and a bulwark against the curse of darkness is this generation's challenge and responsibility. We must stand together as one and build! Shana Tova!

Nitzavim-Vayelech (Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)
Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech is read on Shabbat:
Elul 25, 5774/September 20, 2014





Temple Talk is now available on the Temple Institute YOUTUBE CHANNEL!


In this penultimate edition of Temple Talk for the year 5774, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman find striking similarities between the themes of this week's Torah portions and Rosh HaShana, and the choices facing the entire world today. What kind of world do we want to live in? After all, the upcoming New Year is a time of judgement - and a time of decision - for all humanity. The blessing and the curse are both within reach, Moshe tells us in this week's parasha, and it is up to us to decide what we want. But the decision requires true integrity, and accepting our responsibility for the whole world. The leaders of the free world seem to have decided against recognizing the face of pure evil. But in what may be the most politically incorrect Temple Talk of all time, our hosts confront Islam head on, and challenge the world to acknowledge and admit what Islamic terror is really all about, before it is too late.

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Tisha B'Av 2014: The Children Are Ready III

When will the third Holy Temple be rebuilt? The old school thinks it will only happen when everyone is united by unconditional love. But the future is now. Today’s youth are already linking arms together and putting aside all differences, ready to rebuild. It is the inspiration of the Holy Temple itself, with its promise of hope and peace that brings together all people in unity. This is the generation that will rebuild the Holy Temple.

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A Different Code Red: Tola'at Shani Harvest Season


These days in Israel "code red" is the warning system telling citizens that another Hamas terror missile is heading in their direction, and they have between 15 seconds and one minute to find cover.

But, beginning one week ago and continuing for the next two weeks, coinciding with the three week period of reflection and introspection concerning the destruction of the Holy Temple 2000 years ago, and the urgency of rebuilding it today, in our generation, a different red alert is in season.

The tola'at shani (crimson worm) harvest in the land of Israel begins in the middle of the month of Tammuz and lasts approximately three weeks, effectively covering the same time-span as the three weeks of reflection known as bein hameitzarim - between the straits.

The tola'at shani is a tiny insect which lives on a particular species of tree growing at a specific altitude. Found in different parts of the world, the tola'at shani can also be found in certain locations in Israel. The time for its harvest is now, when it is laying eggs upon the bark of trees. It is the eggs that produce the crimson dye specified in Torah as the source of the crimson red used in the garments of the High priest, the red wool used as an ingredient in the ashes of the red heifer, and the parochet - the massive curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary in the Holy Temple.

Lishkat HaParochet - the Chamber of the Parochet - is the name of an association of women dedicated to researching, teaching and ultimately producing the massive parochet curtain to be used in the Holy Temple. Lishkat HaParochet is busily engaged during these three weeks in leading crimson worm harvests. Children and adults are volunteering to help collect the small tree-dwelling insects, which the women of the Lishkat HaParochet will turn into the crimson dye required for the parochet curtain.

The rediscovery of and revival of the science of dying using the tola'at shani (crimson worm) in modern Israel is the work of Professor Zohar Amar of Bar Ilan University. Click here to learn more about the tola'at shani.


New Red Heifer Update


We are pleased to share this new photograph of our red heifer, candidate for playing an important role in the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. This photograph was taken last week. The heifer, in an undisclosed location, is currently six months old. This photo shows that she has now completely shed her winter coat, revealing her summer coat of deep auburn. We hope to update with more photos soon.

Watch the video, Breaking News: Red Heifer Born.

Click here to learn more about the red heifer.


The Cult of Tragedy, Part 1

The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age old battle against the victory of defeat.


The Cult of Tragedy, Part 2

The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age old battle against the victory of defeat.


Muslim terrorists in al Aqsa mosque, Temple Mount

Footage taken from inside the al Aqsa mosque on Sunday, July 13th, reveals what has become a regular event in this Islamic "place of worship:" Holing themselves up in the mosque, into which the police will not enter, the Muslim terrorists throw stones and incendiary devices out the door at police and Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. 

Full story: 


In a Temple Mount related hearing yesterday, Israel Police District Commander Avi Biton disclosed that police received intelligence reports last Thursday warning of planned Muslim violent disturbances which in fact took place on Sunday morning. As reported yesterday, hundreds of Muslims, many of them masked, barricaded themselves inside the al Aqsa mosque from where they attacked police and Jews on the Temple Mount with stones and incendiary devices. Tens of policemen and Muslims were injured in the clash, which resulted in the police closing the Mount to Jews and arresting ten Muslim rioters.

When questioned why, in light of the intelligence received on Thursday, the police failed to prevent the Muslims from entering the the Mount carrying their arsenal of rocks and fireworks, Biton admitted that the security check performed by the police on Muslims upon entering the Temple Mount is extremely superficial, in contrast to the rigorous security check police perform on Jews wishing to enter the Mount.

Representatives of the Temple Mount movement present at the hearing expressed their amazement at the police force's consistent and persistent failure to curb Muslim violence and incitement on the Temple Mount, while at the same time performing invasive and humiliating searches on Jews, looking for religious articles such as prayer books or stars of David.

In related news, it was reported today that a Jewish man was arrested this morning on the Temple Mount after having entered the Mount via a "Muslim only" gate.


The Cult of Tragedy

This article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2013


by Chaim Richman


The month of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of "the Three Weeks," has traditionally been associated with weeping and tragedy.

The fast of Tammuz 17 begins a period of national mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple, ending with solemn day of Tisha Be’av. The month of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of "the Three Weeks," has traditionally been associated with weeping and tragedy.

The name Tammuz originates from a major Sumerian and later Mesopotamian deity, ultimately transposed in the Greek pantheon as Adonis. The Jerusalem Talmud (Rosh Hashana 1,2) states that the names of the months originated in the Babylonian exile. But even if that was the accepted practice of nomenclature, why would the sages of Israel allow for Jewish tradition to be so influenced by pagan culture as to identify one of the months of the sacred calendar with an idol? The month of Tammuz expresses a concept, and holds a secret that can be unlocked by its very name. This month is about transformation, and by its name it issues a challenge to Israel to rise to its national calling: Face idolatry head on, do not shirk or hide from the responsibility of bringing about change. Read more...


Muslims on Temple Mount Celebrate Hamas Missiles

On the night of July 8th Hamas terrorists fired from Gaza an unprecedented number of missiles into the cities and towns of Israel, including Israel's eternal capital Jerusalem. This video, filmed and originally posted by a Muslim participant in the celebration, captures the outbreak of spontaneous cheering, singing and hate-filled chanting when the crowd heard first the warning siren and then the explosion of an incoming missile.

From the three-fingered salute which Muslims flashed during the three-week long ordeal of the three Jewish boys who were kidnapped and murdered, to the current "three cheers" for missiles falling in Jerusalem, devout Muslims in Islam's purported "third holiest place," the Temple Mount, never miss an opportunity to exhibit their hate for others and thirst for blood.


The Temple Institute, together with all of Israel, cries out to Heaven over the painful and tragic news that the bodies of the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Sha'ar have been found, and the awful truth - that they have been murdered by despicable terrorists - has been revealed.

May G-d avenge their deaths.

The photo, which shows a group of university students on the Temple Mount, is not directly related to the article below.


The Jewish Soul and the Temple Mount: A Love Story

A first-time ascender tells her story of spiritual discovery
and astonishment on our most holy site.


I am an Israeli woman. I am not what one would label as “religiously observant” in terms of Judaism. However I am Jewish and have a Jewish soul. I cannot explain my thirst for more knowledge on all things connected to Judaism and my constant search for learning more. I came across The Temple Institute quite by chance, and through a good friend, a strong supporter of Israel, whom I would love to meet face to face one day. She asked me a few intriguing questions about the Temple Mount. I told her what I knew, having just finished an online course,”The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem” (highly recommended), and then suddenly it occurred to me light a flash of light. Why on earth have I never visited my holiest site? I have been everywhere else countless times. I started searching and found out, like a slap in the face, that we have been sort of brain washed into automatic mode of thinking only of the “Kotel” (Western Wall), “Kotel”,“Kotel”... as our holy site, even though we know Temple Mount is our holiest site.

Click here to read more.

Stand Out From The Crowd


Stand Out From The Crowd


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Muslim Hate-fest on the Temple Mount

On the morning of June 25, 2014, some forty Jews ascended the Temple Mount to be seen by G-d and pray on behalf of the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists two weeks ago. Hundreds of Muslim men and women and a Hamas organized summer camp for Muslim children greeted the Jews with thunderous jeers and curses, waving their shoes and holding up their newly minted obscenity: a three-finger "victory" sign, signifying their gloating pride in the kidnapping of the three Jewish boys. For more than one hour the Muslim mob followed and lunged at the Jewish worshipers. This video shows a few brief examples of the twisted Muslim culture of hatred in which Muslim children are indoctrinated, and which passes for the "status quo" on the Temple Mount.

The Temple Institute, together with the entire nation of Israel, prays for the speedy and safe return of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha'ar, who have been kidnapped by enemies of Israel. We ask that you join us in solidarity and prayer for the lives of these three Jewish children:

Ayal ben Iris Teshua
Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devora
Gilad Michoel ben Batgalim


Breaking News: Red Heifer Born

Emblematic of the rapid unfolding of events in these crucial times of redemption, a red heifer was recently born. The owners of the red heifer contacted the Temple Institute to share the news and receive instructions concerning the proper care of the red heifer. The Temple Institute contacted a professional documentary film producer who provided this exclusive footage of the red heifer.

The ashes of the red heifer are necessary for the final preparation of the sacred vessels to be used in the Holy Temple, and for the purification of the kohanim (Temple priests) who will serve in the Holy Temple.

Click here to earn more about the red heifer.

Help to Build the Holy Temple in Our Time


Help to Build the Holy Temple in Our Time


For nearly three decades, the Temple Institute of Jerusalem has led the way in preparing for the re-establishment of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment, “And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them” (Ex. 25:8). The Temple Institute continues to create the authentic vessels for use in the Third Temple, which are currently on display at the Institute’s headquarters in Jerusalem. These vessels have already been seen by over one million visitors to Jerusalem. In addition to the creation of these vessels, the Temple Institute publishes unique educational materials and holds educational seminars, and its representatives teach all over the world. The Institute’s research staff investigates and prepares the scientific and technological aspects of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, using cutting edge, state of the art methodology.

In honor of the Torah portions focusing on the Tabernacle which are currently being read and studied by the people of Israel, we present a window into the work of the Temple Institute, showcasing the restoration of the Temple vessels, all kosher for use in the soon to be rebuilt Third Temple, made according to the exact requirements and specifications of Biblical law.

Previously posted pictures of Temple vessels:

Please DONATE generously to help the sacred work of the Temple Institute! Every contribution helps to rebuild the Holy Temple in our Time! Click HERE to help.

First-Fruits Reenactment


Shavuot Twin Loaves & First-Fruits Reenactment

This past Sunday, June 1st, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with other Temple organizations, presented a Shavuot Symposium, featuring a reenactment of the special festival Twin Loaves and First Fruit Offerings. This reenactment was conducted by kohanim, (priests of the lineage of Aharon), students of the Temple Institute's recently opened school for kohanim. Click here for more description and breathtaking photographs.


The Festival of Shavuot

Intimately connected to the land of Israel, Shavuot is the festival of the bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple. Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai revelation and the receiving of Torah by Israel, and since the destruction of the Holy Temple the emphasis of Shavuot has been Torah study. Ultimately, Torah study and the bringing of the first-fruits are both expressions of the centrality of Torah in our lives. When we build the Holy Temple we best exemplify the fulfillment of Torah in this world by the bringing of the first-fruits.


Singing & Dancing on the Temple Mount

Jerusalem Day, May 28, 2014: Arabs have barricaded themselves in the Al Aqsa mosque, and are throwing rocks; old Muslims men are screaming Allahu achbar; the police are exceptionally tense, and 100s of Jews are ascending the Temple Mount. Trying to avoid a flare-up, the police limit the Jewish entry to five minutes. But when one group of Jews was being exhorted by the police to leave poste-haste, they suddenly broke out in spontaneous song and dance. A truly beautiful sight to behold!

Happy Jerusalem Day!


Celebrating Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount

Today, the 28th day of the month of Iyar, (May 28), 100s of Jews, (and 100s of tourists), ascended the Temple Mount to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of the Temple Mount, on June 7th, 1967.

The Muslim Waqf did their best to dampen our joy and chase the Jews from the Mount, and although the police did close the Mount to non-Muslims mid-morning, it was only after 100s of Jews ascended.

The children of Israel have rediscovered the Temple Mount, the place of the Holy Temple. Each day, each week brings 100s and 1000s of more Jews to the Temple Mount. Jerusalem is the Holy Temple, and the Holy Temple is Jerusalem. With joy and determination, and with G-d's help, we will rebuild the Holy Temple.

Happy Jerusalem Day!

Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount


100s of Jews Planning to Mark Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount


As in past years, many Jews will be lining up early Wednesday morning at the Mugrabi Gate entrance to the Temple Mount in order to mark Jerusalem Day and give thanks to HaShem on the Temple Mount. This year, G-d willing, will witness the largest Jerusalem Day gathering of Jews on the Temple Mount ever.


Today is 45 Days, which are 6 Weeks and 3 Days of the Counting of the Omer


"You shall count for yourselves - from the day after the rest day (Passover), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving - seven weeks, they shall be complete. Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to HaShem." (Leviticus 23:9-12)

For the duration of the 49 days of Sefirat HaOmer our daily counting will be accompanied by photographs chronicling an ascent and circumnavigation of the Temple Mount in our day. This photo, taken on Jerusalem Day, shows hundreds of Jews waiting on line for the gate to open so that they can ascend to the Temple Mount. This is a sign of the changing times as the Jewish reconnect to the Temple Mount is rapidly turning into a massive movement. Soon may we see these lines waiting to go up to visit the ruins of the Holy Temple be replaced by lines of festival pilgrims waiting to ascend to the rebuilt Holy Temple! Chodesh Tov Sivan!


Sefirat Ha'Omer: Up For the Count!

Every day counts, if we count every day! The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot provide us ideal time for introspection and spiritual progress. Reflect upon your own soul and burnish your Divine image.




We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. The note that came with the photo stated that the heifer has never been put to work and has never been yoked. Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle. We are familiar with the region where this heifer is being raised and intend to send an emissary to further inspect and document the red heifer.

Click here to learn more about the red heifer.


A Beautiful Soul has Departed: We Mourn the Passing of Levi Goldsmith z'l


With profound sorrow we announce the passing of Levi Goldsmith, of blessed memory, father of Rena Richman and father-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Richman. Levi Goldsmith was a sweet and holy man whose whole life was Torah, prayer and family. Levi dreamed of coming home to Israel, and, just one month before his passing, made aliya with his wife to Israel. Among Levi's many merits and achievements are three generations of his children, all of whom live in the land of Israel and are among its most devoted builders and guardians.

We share in the family's sorrow: "May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."


Congressman Andrew Harris on Fact-Finding Mission to the Temple Mount

On May 14th, 2014, Republican Congressmen Andrew P. Harris, M.D., Maryland, and Ron DeSantis, Florida, joined Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute on a visit to the Temple Mount. As part of Rabbi Richman's group of Jewish worshipers, the congressmen were exposed, first-hand, to the discriminatory treatment received by Jews on the Temple Mount. Congressman Harris shares his thoughts.

Yom HaAtzmaut


Happy Israel Independence Day from the Temple Institute!


Psalm 126

"A song of ascents. When HaShem brought back those that returned to Zion, we were as dreamers.

Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with songs of praise; they said among the nations, "HaShem has done great things with these."

'HaShem has done great things with us; we were happy.'

Return, HaShem, our captivity like rivulets in arid land.

Those who sow with tears will reap with song.

He will go along weeping, carrying the valuable seeds; he will come back with song, carrying his sheaves."

Want to learn more about how the Jewish festivals of Passover, Shavuoth, and Sukkot were celebrated during the time of the Holy Temple? How Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur were observed? Would you like to consult a timeline of the history of the Holy Temple? Come visit our Study Tools page.


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