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this page last updated: Iyar 5, 5775 / April 24, 2015



Israel Independence Day Message from the Temple Mount

We all celebrate the miracle of the rebirth of Jewish independence in the land of Israel. Up on the Temple Mount, the epicenter of Israel's destiny and reason for being, the struggle for independence is being waged these very days.

Ironically, even as Rabbi Richman utters the word "independence" in this short video message, a policeman approaches and orders the rabbi to "hurry it up, move along."

Trust us officer, we will be here as long as it takes to complete the spiritual revolution of our generation, and reestablish the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple as the beating heart of all humanity, "a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7) Happy Israel Independence Day! Yom HaAtzmaut Sameach!


Contempt of Court! Police Illegally Prevent Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount

On the Morning of April 22, 2015/Iyar 3, 5775, Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims) a group of fifteen Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount experienced what every Jewish visitor has experienced before: being threatened with arrest and removal from the Temple Mount for the "crime" of uttering or silently whispering a Jewish prayer. Only this time, the incident was captured on video, complete with the policemen's brazen, unlawful and outspoken dismissal of the authority of the Israeli judicial system whose judges have consistently exonerated Jews arrested for praying on the Temple Mount, repeatedly ruling that the right to pray anywhere in the state of Israel, (including, and especially, holy places), is an inalienable right, enshrined in Israeli law.

But with tacit government backing, the police have consistently and repeatedly ignored the legal reality and have created their own "rule of police discretion" on the Temple Mount. As this video witnesses, even uttering the words "But the court ruled..." can elicit the anger of the police, and get you removed from the Temple Mount and placed under arrest.

In this short video the police can be seen filming the Jewish worshipers. One of the policemen then quickly approaches the Jews. What happens next is as follows:

Policeman: "Everybody, good morning, the next time there will be a problem like this again, the whole group will be taken off the Mountain, there will be no argument, there's nothing to discuss, the Court can say whatever it would like to say, here the police have a policy, as you were instructed at the time you began your ascent." In the background a Muslim Wakf guard can be heard to say "It's forbidden to pray!" One of the members of the Jewish group retorts: "Nobody was praying!" A Jewish woman starts to say "But the court.... " but is interrupted by the policeman: "Everybody (listen up), no courts, no nothing... the entire Israel Police have a policy, and we act according to that policy, OK? I'm asking again, it's the last time I'm asking, the next time I have to ask, the entire group will be removed, got it?" A second policeman intervenes: "Let's continue our walk, please."

How shameful and how painful that on the day that Israel remembers its more than 20,000 fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on the eve of Israel Independence Day, Jews on the Temple Mount, place of the Holy Temple, are prevented by the police from quietly uttering a prayer on behalf of the souls of the fallen who gave their lives for their country... ostensibly out of concern for Muslim sensitivity.


Weekly Torah Portion: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim/Yom HaZikaron-Yom HaAtzmaut

We merit to live in the land of Israel, promised by G-d to His people, because of the supreme sacrifice of those who defend the land, the people and the Torah of Israel with their lives. "You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy." (Lev. 19:2)

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27)
Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 6, 5775/April 25, 2015

Note: There is currently a discrepancy between the Torah reading in Israel and the Torah reading in the diaspora. This week's diaspora reading, (which was read last week in Israel), is parashat Tazria-Metzora.





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


The cycle of pain, memory and joy that is such a quintessential expression of the human experience is palpable this week in the State of Israel as we mark Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, and celebrate Israel's 67th Independence Day. Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman as they plug these modern days into the backdrop of the Biblically-significant month of Iyar. This week's rousing, patriotic edition of Temple Talk is a tour de force of Torah wisdom and a joyous and appreciative tribute to our beloved State of Israel.



On the first night of Passover we sit down for our Seder meal exhausted from all the Passover preparations, the intense house cleaning, the shopping and food preparation and the burning of chametz (leavened food). Even setting the table for the festive meal is done with a strict adherence to detail based on thousands of years of tradition. By the time we conclude our Seder meal and the reading of the Haggadah at midnight, we are light years beyond exhaustion, but go to sleep with the sublime satisfaction that we have done it all! The Haggadah is a tour de force which begins with our distant pagan ancestors, places us in Egypt, rescues us from Egypt via the ten plagues, guides us through the Sea of Reeds, presents us with Torah at Sinai, brings us into the land of Israel and, finally, blesses us with the establishment of the Holy Temple and the Divine service. It's all there in the Haggadah! All these historic details are included in order to inform us that G-d didn't redeem Israel from Egypt just so that she could roam in the wilderness free from the crack of the Egyptian whip, but that the purpose of the Exodus from the very start was to bring the newborn nation of Israel into the land of Israel and for Israel to build the Holy Temple, a meeting place between man and G-d.

Nevertheless, the fact is that the first day of Passover is nothing more than the anniversary of the day of the Exodus, the first and only the first day of Israel's long journey from servitude to freedom in the light of Torah, the land of Israel and the Holy Temple. As exhausted as we may be when we conclude our Seder the road that stretches before us remains daunting. In the Holy Temple the Seder night was also just one component of many that made up the seven day Passover festival. It was preceded by the bringing of the Passover offering on the 14th of Nisan, no small logistical feat in itself, and followed the next day, the 16th of Nisan, by the harvesting of and bringing of the new barley crop to the Holy Temple to be beaten, roasted, ground and made into a meal offering known as the Omer offering, a third straight day of intensive activity for all who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

In our day, the 16th of Nisan, the day of the Omer offering, begins the 49 day count-up to the festival of Shavuot, the day Israel received Torah at Sinai. Known in Hebrew as Sefirat HaOmer, (see Leviticus 23:15-16) this forty nine day count blesses us with the opportunity to take stock of ourselves and to internalize the fact that the Seder meal for us also marks only the beginning of our journey, both spiritual and historical. Today we have been blessed with two new historical/spiritual milestones to help us mark our advance toward our ultimate freedom and redemption, Yom Atzmaut - Israel Independence Day, and Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day, commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of the Temple Mount, in June 1967. These two days, which fall during the forty nine day, parallel both the physical redemption from Egypt celebrated in Passover, and the spiritual redemption of receiving Torah, as commemorated by Shavuot.

Tonight begins the holiday of Shevi'i shel Pesach, the seventh (and final) day of Passover, the day that Israel crossed the Sea of Reeds never to set eyes on Egypt again. The Temple Institute wishes to bless all our friends and supporters, all who dream of and work toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and the entire nation of Israel, a Happy Passover - Chag Sameach Pesach!


Chag Sameach - Happy Passover!


Passover - Festival of Freedom! Man's universal yearning for freedom has made Passover a popular holiday among the nations, a byword for liberation from oppression. Who isn't familiar with G-d's demand, made by His prophet Moshe to Pharaoh, "Let My people go!"? This simple four word phrase (three in the original Hebrew), never fails to stir our spirits, to fill our hearts with the hope of G-d's promise of redemption. Far less universally embraced or understood is the commandment of the korban Pesach - the Passover offering. But as noble as "Let My people go" is, the far more crucial element in attaining freedom for Israel was (and remains) the performance of the korban Pesach.

It is true that "Let My people go" is G-d's history-making identification and declaration of Israel as His eternal people. But it was only when Israel rose as one to fulfill G-d's commandment to take a lamb and "keep it for inspection until the fourteenth day of this month, and the entire congregation of the community of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon" (Exodus 12:6) that G-d's demand became a reality. By doing so, by slaughtering a lamb in a hostile environment, inside of a nation that worshiped the lamb as a deity, Israel was risking it all, stating unequivocally to G-d that "we are Your people!" Only when Israel had identified itself by performing the korban Pesach, by embracing its destiny and calling, could G-d act to fulfill His promise of liberation.

Even G-d can only liberate a people that wants to be liberated. For two thousand years of exile Israel was unable to perform the korban Pesach, Israel's original Declaration of Independence. But now that Israel has returned to the land, more and more Jews are demanding the renewal of the Passover offering, more and more Jews are yearning to be liberated from the status quo, the politically correct, the increasingly chaotic world order and the relentless moral drift of modern times.

One week ago the Temple Institute conducted a historic Passover offering practice drill, performed by kohanim, descendents of Aharon, Israel's original Kohen Gadol (High Priest). The practice drill has been widely reported throughout the world, and a video documenting the practice drill was released this week. The intense curiosity generated, and the very strong responses the practice drill prompted, both in support of and in protest against, testify to fact that the korban Pesach is no less radical a proposition today than it was more than three thousand years ago in Egypt. No greater proof is required that the liberating power of the korban Pesach is eternal. G-d demands of Israel's oppressors, "Let My people go," and with the performance of the Passover offering Israel hands to G-d the key to her own liberation.

Blessings for a joyous, kosher and liberating Passover from the Temple Institute in Jerusalem!


Historic Practice Passover Offering

As reported earlier, in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover, this past Wednesday (5 Nisan - 25 March) the 'Priestly Training Academy' established by the Temple Institute held a Passover offering practice drill. This is a film that documents this event. This was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years.




What a great way to welcome the new month of Adar! When we bring in the month of Adar we increase joy in the world. There is nothing more joyful than the knowledge that the spiritual revolution continues and more and more people are awakening to the promise of the Holy Temple: "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)

Thank You




Wednesday, March 25/5 Nisan



This year's Temple Mount Awareness Day broadcast is comprised of ten separate videos which we will be uploading throughout the day. CLick here to view all ten videos.

Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven answer your questions in depth!

In past years we have interviewed special guests for this program, experts in various fields who have dedicated their lives to the subject of the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple.

This year, you are our guests, as we present an all-new revolutionary approach to this broadcast in which we will be fielding your questions regarding the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple!

This year, International Temple Mount Awareness Day is about the Holy Temple and you!


A special presentation of the Temple Institute which takes place each year during the week of Rosh Chodesh Nisan - the New Month of Nisan. What's special about this month?

The month of Nisan is the anniversary of the dedication of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. It's also the day on which fire descended from Heaven onto the altar, and the first day in which the Shechina, the Divine Presence, rested in the Tabernacle.

Nisan is the month of redemption, the month in which our forefathers were redeemed from Egyptian bondage. But the month is called so not only because of the upcoming Festival of Passover and our ancestors' passage from slavery to freedom. Tradition teaches that in the future, as well, the great and final redemption will take place in Nisan!

INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY celebrates the promise of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the revolution in Temple consciousness that is taking place in Israel!

The Sixth Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day is dedicated to you, our followers and supporters.

The Sixth Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day broadcast is made possible in part by the Shraga Family of America.

Your support is vital to the Temple Institute. Join us!

The 10 part 6th Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day Broadcast can also be viewed from the Temple Institute's Facebook page.




If you have been participating (or want to start now) please send us a screenshot of your Facebook page showing the number of times your friends have shared the post from your page. We will announce next week the winner, who will receive a 35 x 50 cm (13.77 x 19.68 inch) canvas print of the prophetic painting appearing in the post. Send your screenshots to

Meanwhile, click here to keep on sharing the 100,000 followers & beyond post.




As the Temple Institute's Facebook page approaches 100,000 likes, we would like to include you in a celebration of the Holy Temple and enlist your efforts in getting a jump start to 200,000 likes. Simply share this message and encourage your friends to do the same. On Rosh Chodesh Adar, (February 20th), the person with the most shares will win a 35 x 50 cm (13.77 x 19.68 inch) canvas print of this prophetic painting.

The painting depicts the building of the third Holy Temple in contemporary Jerusalem. The original oil painting, by Israel artist Ofer Yom Tom, is on display in the Temple Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center.


The Upcoming Month of Adar and the Half-Shekel Contribution


NEXT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (February 19-20) mark Rosh Chodesh Adar - the beginning of the new month of Adar, the twelfth and final month of the yearly cycle that begins with Nisan, ("the first of your months" Exodus 12:2), the month of the exodus from Egypt. When the Holy Temple is standing and the Divine service is being performed daily, the month of Adar is full of preparations for the upcoming Passover pilgrimage festival which begins on the 15th of Nisan. In addition, the month of Adar is the month that the half-shekel is collected.

SHEKOLIM is the name of the group of verses, (Exodus 30:11-16), read in synagogues throughout the world on or before the first Shabbat of the month of Adar. This year it will be read on the Shabbat that immediately precedes Rosh Chodesh, (February 18). It is as follows:

"And HaShem spoke to Moses, saying: When you take the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul to HaShem, when you number them; that there be no plague among them, when you number them. This they shall give, every one that passes among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary, (a shekel is twenty gera), a half shekel shall be the offering of HaShem. Every one that passes among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give the offering of HaShem. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give the offering of HaShem, to make atonement for your souls. And you shall take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shall appoint it for the service of the Tent of Meeting; that it may be a memorial to the children of Israel before HaShem, to make atonement for your souls."

THE HALF-SHEKEL (MACHATZIT HASHEKEL) CONTRIBUTION was given annually for over a thousand years, being interrupted only by Nebuchadnezzar, whose army destroyed the first Holy Temple. The collection of the half-shekel was reintroduced by Nechemia and the returnees from Babylon, in preparation for the reconstruction of the altar and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. It was halted once more by Titus, the Roman destroyer of the second Holy Temple, in the year 70 ce, and finally banished by the emperor Hadrian some 65 years later.

ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH OF ADAR, the public would be notified that the time had come to prepare for the half-shekel contribution. Collection stations would be set up in all the cities and villages of the land of Israel, as well as abroad. The annual half-shekel contribution provided the perfect vehicle for all the nation of Israel, both those of greater means, and those of lesser means, to express their concern and love for G-d and for His Holy Temple.

HAVING COMPLETED THE LOCAL COLLECTIONS, emissaries would then transport the money to Jerusalem, where it would be collected and deposited into the Chamber of the Half-Shekel - located within the Temple Mount complex. Three times during the year the priestly treasurer would fill each of three separate coffers with the half-shekel coins. Three times a year the priestly treasurer would reenter the chamber in order to distribute the money as needed. And what were the half-shekel coins used for? For the purchase of animals for the communal sacrifices, such as the daily offering, and the festival offerings. In addition, the half-shekel contribution was used for the maintenance and enhancement of the Holy Temple and its many chambers and courtyards. The treasurer who entered the chamber was forbidden from dressing in an ostentatious manner, so as to alleviate any suspicion of him having dipped into the coffers for personal gain!







The Temple Institute is pleased to announce that Rabbi Chaim Richman, Director of the Institute's International Department and one of the world's foremost experts on the Holy Temple, together with Mrs. Rena Richman, will be speaking in Texas in the coming weeks.

The Richmans will be sharing their unique Torah teachings from Jerusalem, insights and updates on progress towards the building of the Holy Temple and firsthand knowledge on the current situation on the Temple Mount. Don't miss this special opportunity to connect with Rabbi and Mrs. Richman.

Rabbi Richman and Mrs. Rena Richman will be speaking at the following locations:

  • Abilene, TX
    Tuesday evening - February 17 7:00 PM
    Location: MCM Elegante, 4250 Ridgemont Dr
  • Lubbock, TX
    Thursday evening - February 19 7:00 PM
    Location: South Plains Hebraic Center, 809 Inler (Hwy 179) 3 blocks south of 4th Street
  • Lubbock, TX - Shabbat Event with Rabbi & Mrs. Richman (Pre-registration Required)
    Friday - Saturday - February 20-21
    Please RSVP to Brody Gibson, with your phone number and we will call you with the details
  • Lubbock, TX - Rabbi and Mrs. Richman
    Sunday- February 22 Beginning at 2:00 PM
    Location: South Plains Hebraic Center, 809 Inler (Hwy 179) 3 blocks south of 4th Street
    Rabbi Richman - 2:15 PM - Mrs. Richman - 4:00 PM
  • Lubbock, TX
    Monday and Tuesday evenings - February 23 and 24 - 7:00 PM
    Location: South Plains Hebraic Center, 809 Inler (Hwy 179) 3 blocks south of 4th Street
  • help/info: 1-800-639-0169


GRAN ESTRENO!!! Ahora El Instuto del Templo tiene su p?gina de Facebook en espa?ol!!!


The Temple Institute is pleased to announce our new Spanish language Facebook page. With the launching of our new page we hope to reach out to 1,000,000's of Spanish speaking people around the world, and share with them the news about the Temple Mount, the spiritual revolution in Israel and around the world, and the dramatic progress being made toward the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, as more and more people are reawakening to the words of the prophets of Israel and to the realization that "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations" (Isaiah 57:6) is the G-d of Israel's promise (and challenge) to our generation!



El instituto del Templo se complace en anunciar esta nueva p?gina de Facebook en Espa?ol. Con este lanzamiento esperamos alcanzar a la poblaci?n de habla hispana alrededor del Mundo (la cual es mucha) y compartir con ellos las noticias sobre el Monte del Templo, la revoluci?n espiritual en Israel y alrededor del mundo, as? como el progreso dram?tico que hay con respecto a la construcci?n del Sagrado Templo en Jerusalen, como m?s y m?s personas est?n despertando a las palabras de los profetas de Israel y a la realizaci?n de: "Mi casa ser? llamada una casa de oraci?n para todas las naciones" (Isaias 57:6). Es la promesa (y desaf?o) del D-s de Israel a nuestra generaci?n!

Esperamos que pronto, con la ayuda de D-s, podamos tener los videos de la parash? semanal del Rabbi Chaim Richman (que HaShem lo bendiga) subtitulados al espa?ol!!!



Three Days in Tevet


The eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month of Tevet are each considered dark days in the history of Israel. At one time each of the three days was observed by a fast. Today we fast only on the tenth. What happened on these three days?


The 8th: The Septuagint


Click here to learn about the translation of the Hebrew Torah into Greek, known as the Septuagint, which occurred on the 8th of Tevet.


The 9th: The Passing of Ezra and Nechemiah


The 9th of Tevet marks the passing of Ezra and Nechemiah who led the Jews exiled in Babylon back to Jerusalem. Click here to learn more about their crucial role in Israel's history.


The 10th: Breaching the Walls of Jerusalem


The 10th of Tevet marks the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the year 586 BCE. Click here to learn more.




On Monday evening, December 22, the seventh night of Chanukah and Rosh Chodesh Tevet, (the first day of the new month of Tevet), hundreds of people braved the cold and inclement weather in Jerusalem to participate in a unique and historic event organized by the Temple Institute. After years of research and experimentation, and three months of intensive preparation, the Temple Institute unveiled before the public a ceramic vessel made in complete accordance with the rules guiding purity in the Holy Temple. The vessel was filled with 3.5 log (a Biblical measurement corresponding to approximately two liters) of olive oil from olives grown, harvested and processed into oil also in complete accordance with the complex rules guiding purity in the Holy Temple. 3.5 log is the precise amount of oil necessary to fill the seven lamps of the Temple Menorah with enough oil to burn for one day. The ceramic cruse, filled with pure oil and sealed, was of the same size and description of the ceramic cruse of pure oil, sealed with the seal of the Kohen Gadol, (High Priest), which was discovered by the Kohanim when they entered the Holy Temple, which had been defiled by the Greek invaders, the event celebrated by the Chanukah Festival of Lights. As we know, the single cruse of pure oil, filled with enough oil for one day, miraculously kept the seven Menorah lamps burning for eight days, providing enough time for the Kohanim to produce new vessels of pure olive oil for the continued lighting of the Menorah lamps.

Modern day kohanim, direct descendants of the High Priest Aharon, under the guidance of Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute, led the ceremony by kindling the seven lights of a model menorah, precisely as the Golden Menorah was kindled each day in the Holy Temple. As they stepped up to the menorah and lit one wick at a time by transferring the flame directly from the previously kindled wick, each kohen, in his turn, uttered a practice version of the blessing that would be recited over the actual kindling of the Temple Menorah, a blessing that has not been heard for 2000 years. Each blessing was answered by the spellbound onlookers with the words, "Blessed be the glorious name of His kingdom forever and ever," precisely as the blessings of the Kohanim were answered in the Holy Temple.

The ceremony took place in Jerusalem's Old City, in the Cardo, a main thoroughfare built by the Romans after the destruction of the Holy Temple. Having destroyed the Holy Temple and much of the city of Jerusalem in 70 CE, and having exiled the Jews from Jerusalem, the Romans rebuilt and renamed Jerusalem, calling it Aelia Capitolina, with the intention of destroying forever the Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the place of the Holy Temple. How beautiful it was to be rekindling the light of the Golden Menorah, the light of the Holy Temple, in this remnant and reminder of Rome's efforts to blot out G-d's light from the world forever.

Chanukah has been adopted by much of the modern world as a festival celebrating freedom. To be sure, there is no greater freedom than the freedom to worship G-d in the rebuilt Holy Temple, to kindle the Menorah and spread His holy and purifying light throughout the world.


Historic Chanukah Achievement: Pure Olive Oil for the Temple Menora

Come and be part of a Chanukah Miracle in Our Generation

The Seventh Light of Chanukah
Monday Night The 30th of Kislev 577/December 22nd 2014
Rosh Chodesh Tevet

The Temple Institute and the Association of Temple Movements

Together with all of Israel we will take another historic step towards the resumption of the Divine service in the Holy Temple, with the unveiling and presentation of the first pure olive oil for the Temple Menorah to be produced in purity in 2000 years, and the special vessels to hold them, created in purity ? an unprecedented step towards the resumption of Biblical purity in our time and a true Chanukah miracle.

Monday Night the 30th of Kislev ? December 22nd

The procession will begin at 5:30 PM at Zion Gate and meet at the Golden Menorah on the Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi Stairs, opposite the site of the Holy Temple, at 6:00 PM

At 6:30 PM In a joyous, song-filled procession, the pure olive oil will be deposited in the Temple Institute?s Holy Temple Visitors Center

Following this, in the spirit of Chanukah, the Temple Institute will dedicate it?s new prototype altar, as well as the completion of the copper laver ready for use in the Holy Temple

Join us on the seventh night of Chanukah ? Monday Dec. 22nd in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem?s Old City to witness the first pure olive oil in 2,000 years... Be there for the continuation of the story of Chanukah and the next step in the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in our time.


A Modern Chanukah 'Miracle': Pure Olive Oil for the First Time in 2,000 Years


A short time ago, we reported on a historic development towards the renewal of Temple service in our time: the production of vessels according to the laws of Biblical purity, to hold oil that will be used to kindle the seven-branched golden menorah in the Holy Temple when it is rebuilt. This past week, the Temple Institute made history once again, and took another huge step towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple: the production of pure olive oil, according to the standards of Biblical purity... for the Holy Temple menorah.

Rabbis and staff of the Temple Institute, including Rabbi Azariah Ariel, head of the Institute's Research Institute, Director David Schwartz, Natanel Kahana, and Director of the International Department, Rabbi Chaim Richman, traveled to Moshav Ramot in the beautiful Golan Heights. There, together with Einat Ziv of the 'Women for the Holy Temple' group and Professor Hillel Weiss of Bar Ilan University, they harvested approximately 150 kilograms of organic olives from trees that had not been treated with fertilizer, as in accordance with the Torah's laws of purity. They transported the fruit to the city of Katzrin, to the Olea Essence Golan Heights Olive Press Center. At the Center they were welcomed by Manager Avner Talmon and Deputy Manager Ariel Elkayam, and assisted by Amit and Alex.

At the olive press center, Rabbi Azariah and the Temple Institute staff made all the necessary preparations and special arrangements so that the factory environment, the individuals involved, and all that related to the production of the olive oil would comply with Biblical standards. These rules of purity are a complex and highly specialized area of study which very few have mastered in our time. Some have even thought that the concept of Biblical purity is too difficult to reintroduce in our time?that such a thing would have to be a 'miracle.' But it is the job of man to make miracles happen... just as the story of the Chanukah victory of good over evil teaches us.

Now, with the production of pure olive oil for the first time in 2,000 years, specifically created for the Holy Temple menorah, we have moved closer towards making the rebuilding of the Holy Temple a reality in our time. A true, modern-day Chanukah miracle!

With G-d's help, on the evening of the seventh light of Chanukah, Kislev 30 (Rosh Chodesh Tevet I), Monday night December 22, a gala public celebration and procession will be held in Jerusalem's Old City, accompanied by kohanim in their priestly garments, and prominent community leaders. The celebration will culminate with the placement of these pure vessels and oil in the Temple Institute... ready to be used in the rebuilt Holy Temple! More details about this gala event will follow soon.

To see more photos of the pure olive oil harvest and production, please click here.


Temple Institute Rabbis and Staff Visit with Rabbi Yehuda Glick


Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick continues to recuperate and slowly heal from the grievous wounds he suffered at the hands of a would-be assassin last month. His recovery from four bullets fired at point-blank range, requiring him to undergo numerous operations, is a great miracle for which we are all greatly thankful. Today the Temple Institute's Rabbi Chaim Richman visited Rabbi Glick and recorded a brief video message of thanks and appreciation for all your prayers and support on behalf of Yehuda. Please click here to view.


The Temple Mount 2014: A Clash of Civilizations

Marking the 849th anniversary of the Rambam's (Maimonides) historic ascent to the Temple Mount, (Marcheshvan 6/October 30), many Jews have been ascending the Temple Mount throughout the week.

This video shows clearly the stark contrast between a group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount for a spiritual experience, to be in the place of the Holy Temple and to be seen by G-d, and paid Muslim agitators, whose violence and hatred defiles the holy site.

Police passivity in the face of Muslim hatred and aggression can also be seen clearly in this video, as the police stand aside while repulsive hate-chanting and -purse-swinging veiled Muslims swarm the Jewish worshipers, blocking their path , while all the time hurling curses at them.

The ascent filmed for this video was made in honor of the 849th anniversary of the Temple Mount ascent made by the great sage Moshe ben Maimon, (Maimonides). Maimonides ascended the Temple Mount during the Crusader occupation of the land of Israel, a time in which Jews traveled anywhere in the land of Israel at great peril to their lives. But once having successfully made the journey from Acco, in Israel's north, to Jerusalem, the Rambam was able to ascend the Temple Mount and pray without any interference. Today, Jews are forbidden to pray, at the risk of being arrested, all for the purpose of an Israeli policy bent on appeasing Muslim intolerance.

Yesterday's attempted assassination of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick at the hands of an "offended" Muslim offered terrifying proof of the bankruptcy of Israeli appeasement of extremist Muslims.

We call upon the government of Israel to immediately rid the Temple Mount of all expressions of Muslim violence and intolerance, and to grant, guarantee and protect at all costs, Jewish rights to worship as free men in this holy place.

Click here to learn more about Rambam's Temple Mount ascent.




Rabbi Chaim Richman released this statement today:

The Temple Institute condemns the shooting attack in Jerusalem against its former director Yehuda Glick, in a deliberate and calculated assassination attempt just moments after the conclusion of an annual conference on the subject of Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount.

Yehuda is a selfless champion of the right for Jews to pray at the Temple Mount who works tirelessly towards this goal, and together with all of Israel, we are deeply concerned for his welfare, and in prayer for his speedy and complete recovery.

Responsibility for this despicable act rests squarely upon the government of Israel and the Israel Police, who have allowed the Temple Mount, Israel's holiest site, to degenerate into an arena that hosts daily occurrences of unbridled and heinous expressions of Jew-hatred. From organized, Hamas-funded incitement, to ambushes against Jewish visitors, to Molotov cocktails and rocks, to spray-painted swastika graffiti. While in the political arena, PA Chairman Abbas's recent statement that Jewish visits should be stopped 'by all means,' and PM Netanyahu's 'assurances' to Jordan's King Abdullah that he will not allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount - all this has proven that violence against Jews pays and has paved the way to the attempted murder of Yehuda Glick.

The Israeli government?s response to the attack is criminal and yet another gift to the Muslim agitators. While they have announced that the Temple Mount will be closed to both Jews and Muslims, pictures have already emerged showing known Muslims troublemakers roaming freely on the site, while Jews are locked out. We call upon our government to enforce full entry and full Jewish prayer rights immediately.

It must be stated clearly that Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount simply come to be seen by G-d in the holiest place on earth. We seek no conflict with anyone and merely want to exercise our right of freedom of worship in the heart of Jerusalem. The Temple Mount should be a symbol of universal unity, peace and brotherhood of mankind.

The Temple Mount is prophesied to become 'a house of prayer for all nations' (Isaiah 56:7). The attack against Yehuda Glick is an attack against every Jew who seeks to pray on the Temple Mount, who seeks peace for all nations, and against every civilized human being who cherishes religious freedom and expression. To gun down a peaceful advocate for the right to pray is attempt to silence man's hope for equality, and attempted murder against the Divine image in which all men were created.

The Temple Institute, along with the entire nation of Israel, prays for Yehuda's (Hebrew name for prayers: Yehuda Yehoshua ben Ita Brendeil Rivka) quick and complete recovery. May we all participate in the building of the Holy Temple soon in our days.


On the Eighth Day


Today is the seventh and final day of Sukkot. Known as Hoshana Raba, 'the day of Great Salvation,' today marks the concluding day of the process of introspection, soul searching and return that began fifty one days ago at the start of the month of Elul. On Rosh HaShana we recognized G-d's authority over His creation and on Yom Kippur we received His judgement, written, signed and sealed, but not yet delivered. Not until today, Hoshana Raba, a day of study and supplication, of prayer and repentance. Only today does our judgement receive a second sealing and is readied for delivery. Now what? What do we do after we have already done so much to make up for past mistakes, to improve ourselves, to determine our path in the upcoming year? What does G-d do, He who has passed judgement on all His children?

G-d does the only thing a loving father could or would do: He holds onto us for one more day! Shmini Atzeret - the Eighth Day Assembly - which we begin to celebrate this evening as Sukkot draws to its conclusion, is G-d's way of saying "Stay with me one more day, My children," a gesture of overwhelming intent that G-d has judged His children favorably.

And what do we do? Why naturally, we read the final portion of the Holy Torah, the closing verses of Deuteronomy, and begin anew, reading the opening verses of Genesis, the seven days of creation. We embrace G-d's Torah, His lifeline to His children, literally dancing with it throughout the day, just as it will embrace and dance with us throughout all the days of the new year, enlightening, explaining, challenging and comforting us as we make our way through the new year of 5775.

May 5775 be a good year for all the people of Israel, and for all who embrace the G-d of Israel and hold dear His children. May 5775 be a year of blessing and good tidings for all of us! May 5775 be marked by great strides toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!


Festival of the Water Libation 5775

On the 18th of Tishrei, the 3rd day of chol hamoed ? the intermediary days of the Festival of Sukkot (Sunday, Oct. 12 2014) ? history was made in Jerusalem. For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, a reenactment of the famed Festival of the Water Libation (Simchat Beit HaShoeva) was held, under the direction of the Temple Institute and in cooperation with the Association of Temple Organizations. Cohanim (men of priestly descent) dressed in priestly garments, accompanied by a crowd estimated at many hundreds, descended to the ancient Shiloach spring in the City of David, and drew water in a special Temple vessel. The ceremony was marked by dancing and singing, and the sounding of blasts from the shofar and silver trumpets. By the time the procession reached the old city of Jerusalem, the ranks of participants had swelled to well over one thousand.

The sages of Israel state that ?whoever has not seen the Festival of the Water Libation has never seen true joy? (Tractate Sukkot 51:a). This celebration, which took place every night during the Sukkot festival in the Holy Temple, was the height of the holiday joy of Sukkot, and the purest fulfillment of the Biblical commandment, ?And you shall rejoice on your festival, and you shall be only joyous? (Deut. 16). The drawing of the water from the Shiloach spring is associated with the verse (Is. 12:3) ?You shall draw water with joy from the springs of salvation,? and is a unique tradition that Moses received at the Sinai Revelation. At dawn, the water was taken up to the Temple Mount and poured into a vessel on the corner of the altar. This ceremony is also associated with the resting of the spirit of prophecy upon the people of Israel.

This educational event is another great milestone in the preparations currently taking place towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. The huge and enthusiastic crowds who participated in the event are testimony to the great desire for the Holy Temple that is expressed by the people of Israel. For our reenactment, a model of the altar was built and erected in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Once arriving back from the City of David, the actual ceremony of the water libation was demonstrated before the large crowds of spectators and holiday celebrants that had gathered. Prominent rabbis were present and participated in this historic, educational practice of the Water Libation. May we merit to build the altar in its proper, Divinely-appointed place on the Temple Mount, and may we be blessed to perform the Festival of the Water Libation in the Holy Temple!


The Festival of Sukkot 5775

Our yearly rendezvous with G-d, which began in the month of Av, built up steam throughout the month of Elul, left us reeling and breathless from Rosh HaShana and literally out of this world on Yom Kippur, now places us in the only place possible for us to be in our heightened state of close proximity to G-d: in our Sukkot booths. These temporary dwellings are like our own personal Holy of Holies - beyond time and space - a heavenly embrace - seven perfect days.

Chag Sameach - חג שמח - Have a Joyful Sukkot!


May We All be Sealed in the Book of Life!



Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year, and man's closest brush with the Divine. On this day, with sincere repentance and resolution for the future, we can merit a whole new beginning. The experience of standing before our Creator on this potent day is absolutely awesome. "For on this day He shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you; from all your sins before Hashem you shall be cleansed" (Lev. 16:30). On this day, the judgment of every individual, every nation, indeed of the whole world, is sealed. But before it is sealed, we can still change the decree, such is the unparalleled power of repentance. This is our chance to make things right; to come clean, to make amends and mean it. But sincere and heartfelt repentance does not come easy; our task on this day requires intense inner honesty and recognition. True repentance is based on sincere remorse, admitting mistakes, confronting ourselves and resolving to change. The potential of this day is so great that it can become a life-altering experience. But the real proof of whether we will have achieved anything will be yet to come: when confronted with the same situation again we will have the opportunity to demonstrate whether we have changed, or whether we have merely gone through the motions.

In the time of the Holy Temple, when the people standing in the Temple court, hear the ineffable Name of G-d uttered by the High Priest, they fall on their faces and prostrate themselves completely, totally overwhelmed by the reality of His presence in their lives. Yet despite the awe-inspiring nature of the day which lends it an almost surreal quality, at the same time Yom Kippur is the most joyous day of the year as well. In the Holy Temple that joy is palpable. Our sages teach that on Yom Kippur and Tu? B?Av, the 15th of the month of Av, the daughters of Jerusalem would dance in circles in the fields, reflecting the concept of love and unity.

What is the source of this great joy? It is nothing less than the revelation of the true nature of our relationship with G-d. Everybody knows how essential it is to believe in G-d. But who knew that G-d also believes in us?

In the book of Lamentations (Chapter 3) we find the verses, "The L-rd's kindness surely has not ended, nor are His mercies exhausted. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! Hashem is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him."

What is meant by the words, 'great is Your faithfulness?' Shouldn't it read, 'great is my faithfulness?' What does G-d's faithfulness refer to ? His faith in Himself?

G-d has faith in man, His creation, to choose good over evil. He has faith that our goodness will prevail. He has faith that we will justify and validate our creation. But we also have to have faith in ourselves.

Yom Kippur requires not only faith that G-d forgives us. It also requires us to forgive ourselves; to reassert our faith in ourselves, just as G-d has faith in us.

In 1817 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the phrase 'willing suspension of disbelief.' He suggested that if a writer could infuse "a human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. In other words, it's possible to 'suspend,' or put aside, the fact that you really don't believe that this could be happening.

Can this really be happening? Will G-d really forgive us; will we forgive each other ? and ourselves? Can we suspend our belief in our own failure and inadequacy long enough to reconnect with who we really are... who we really could be... who we really want to be? Can we suspend our disbelief in ourselves, our disbelief in humanity, long enough ? just for this one day ? to put aside the lenses of jaded vision through which we view ourselves and one another, and take a chance on a new beginning?

The transformation that takes place on Yom Kippur, the Divine embrace that holds us on this day, requires us to believe it is possible for us to change, from this moment on, forever. That's G-d's promise of Yom Kippur: It's never too late to begin life anew.

May we blessed with newness, forgiveness, and belief. May we be sealed in the Book of Life for a Good and Sweet New Year!

Shalom from Jerusalem!

Rabbi Chaim Richman


The Temple Institute Wishes a Shana Tova - A Good New Year - to All!



The rebuilding of the Holy Temple, as described by every prophet of Israel, is about building a better future for all mankind. This is the life?s work that the Temple Institute has dedicated itself to. The Institute gives thanks to G-d, and expresses deepest appreciation to all its supporters, who share the vision of the Holy Temple.

This past year the Temple Institute has made monumental progress in the areas of Temple preparation, education, awareness and activism. At the same time, as we reflect upon all that has transpired in the past year throughout Israel and the world, we are called upon to confront the force of opposition and evil that challenges everything that the Holy Temple stands for in this world: the side of goodness, of light; the side of the G-d of Israel. The world is taking sides. Which side are you on? No one can stand on the sidelines any longer. As the barbaric scourge of terror spreads throughout the world, we recall the words of Haggai the prophet, reminding us of the true role the Holy Temple fulfills in the life of mankind: ?In this place I will grant peace, the word of the Lord of Hosts.?

As the year 5774 comes to a close, we are witness to an intense spiritual revolution taking place in the Land of Israel, growing stronger by the day. We are closer than ever before to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. The destiny of all humanity hangs in the balance. So much has transpired in the past year. We now prepare ourselves for Rosh HaShana, the birthday of Adam haRishon (the first man), awesome time of judgment for all mankind. It is a time conducive to intense spiritual growth and resolution; an appointment with destiny for all Adam?s descendants. May this be the last year without the Holy Temple!

May you, together with all your loved ones, be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a Sweet New Year with every Heavenly blessing.

Shalom from Jerusalem!
Rabbi Chaim Richman



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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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