Av 1, 5774, 28/07/14
The Temple Institute launches an indiegogo campaign to build the Third Temple, under the title: 'Don't make history, make the future.'
by Tova Dvorin
The Temple Institute, an organization in Jerusalem which works toward the rebuilding of the Third Temple, began a revolutionary campaign on Sunday to literally rebuild the Third Temple - through the power of crowdfunding.
Headlined under the title, "Don't make history. Make the future. Build the Third Temple," the indiegogo campaign promises that this generation of children is "ready" to see the center of Jewish worship rebuilt, once and for all.
Several parallels have already been drawn, if informally, between Israel's current campaign to eliminate Hamas terror - and the international community's slow, but climbing, understanding of Israel's right to self-defense - and events described in the Torah regarding the completion of the Third Temple.
While acknowledgement of this has been somewhat informal - including a widely popular Facebook event advertising "the Last Tisha B'av," a hint to the traditional teaching that the day will become a day of celebration instead of mourning - at least one leading Rabbi has also stated that this campaign is the "God's war" and that "Israel will win."
However, the Temple Institute's campaign aims to bring these speculations to their practical fruition.
"Now is time for one of its most ambitious projects yet: completing architectural plans for the actual construction, fusing ancient texts and modern technology," the campaign's description states. "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."
"The Temple Institute has engaged an architect to map out as practically as possible the modern Third Temple's construction," it continues. "Your contribution will go towards completing this ambitious project and the continued research and development which will make the Third Temple a reality."
"It is not enough to wait and pray for the Third Temple," it concludes. "It is a Biblical obligation to build it."
The Temple Institute's campaign will run for sixty days, ending on September 25 - during the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashana.
The campaign aims to raise $100,000 toward a building fund for the Third Temple, as part of its wider campaigns to train kohen-priests for Temple duties and rebuild the instruments in the priestly services.