|"And you shall make the robe of the ephod entirely out of blue wool. Its head-opening shall be folded over within it, its opening shall have a border all around of weaver's work - it shall be for it like the opening of a coat of mail, that it should not be torn. And you shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet wool, on its hem all around, and gold bells between them, all around; a gold bell and a pomegranate, a gold bell and a pomegranate, all around. It must be on Aaron in order to minister. Its sound shall be heard when he enters the Sanctuary before Hashem and when he leaves, so that he not die." Exodus 28:31-35
The blue background behind these white letters is taken from a photograph of the actual me'il techelet - blue robe - of the High Priest, (cohein gadol), which is now nearing completion. Employing the Navajo "two-sided" weaving technique, master weaver Yehudit Avraham has been steadily working on the me'il for over a year. Both the front and the back panels of the me'il are ready, as are the golden bells. Yehudit is presently connecting the two panels and embellishing them with deep blue, (techelet), embroidery.
The 72 golden bells that line the hem of the garment have been prepared and will soon be stitched onto the me'il, alternately with the 72 pomegranates, these being woven from techelet, (blue), argaman, (purple), and tola'at shani, (scarlet), threads.
The High Priest was robed in eight separate garments: the ephod, breastplate (choshen), robe (me'il), tunic (ketonet), crown (tzitz), pants (michnasayim), turban (mitznefet), and belt (avnate). The Temple Institute has completed work on the ephod and the choshen. The tzitz of the High Priest is currently being reworked by the artisans of The Temple Institute.
In the near future, the Institute plans to embark on a major project: the production and supplying of the white garments of the ordinary priests, for every male Jewish descendant of Aaron. Every cohein, from all over the world, will be given the opportunity to register and order his own uniform, so that he can be ready to serve in the rebuilt Holy Temple. This is as great an expression of faith as can be expressed, and is a positive step towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in our time.
The fashioning of the High Priest's vestments, as described in the book of Exodus, and in strict accordance with the tradition of the Jewish sages, for the first time in nearly 2000 years, marks a significant step forward toward the renewal of the Divine service in the Holy Temple that will be rebuilt on the very spot where it stood for 1000 years. This work that The Temple Institute has been entrusted to pursue, is made possible by the dedication and generosity of the many people who share its vision. The Institute is grateful for your trust and support.