The Temple Institute: In-Depth Temple Study Footnotes
 
* These footnotes are intended to clarify the text.
* According to tradition, at the moment that the angel stayed Abraham's hand, (Gen. 22:11), he had a vision of the Holy temple.
* Our sages tell us tha Isaac also had a vision of the Holy Temple when he stood in a field, waiting for his bride Rebecka to arrive. The "field" referred to was none other than Mount Moriah, itself. (Gen. 24:63)
* When Jacob slept at Beth El, he dreamed of a ladder standing on the ground and extending to the heavens upon which, angels ascended and descended. One tradition has it that this symbolized the Holy Temple. (Gen. 28:12)
* The City of David is highlighted in white. Mount Moriah is highlighted in yellow, and the site of the altar, (later the Holy Temple), is highlighted in red.
* The levites also kept watch from the four corners of the wall surrounding the Holy Temple and the courtyards. Click to see.
* Hebrew - "the Holy Temple", literally, "the holy place". Also known as Beit Ha-Mikdash, ("the sanctified house").
* Shushan was the Persian capital in which the story of Ester takes place. The conflict of Ahashveros and Haman versus Ester and Mordechai was primarily a conflict over the building of the Second Temple.
* The Heichal, also known as the Kodesh, is the Sanctuary.
* The Hall, also known as the Ulam, was perpendicular to the Heichal. The priests passed through the Hall to enter the Heichal.
* Literally, "The joy of the House of Water-Drawing".
* Gemara: another name for the Talmud, a vast collection of 1000 years of Jewish legal, ethical, ritual, historical, and homelitical writing.
* The six days of Sukkot between the first day of Sukkot and the festival of Shmini Atzeret, (the eighth day festival).
* In Hebrew, "amah" - the length of a fore-arm: 50 centimeters, (20 inches).
* Numbers: 5: 11 - 31.
* The Tamid, ("perpetual"), was the daily offering in the Mikdash.
* Hebrew (miz-bay-ach): altar. Literally, "the place of the offering".
* The ritual slaughtering of fowl-offerings, as performed by the priest, using his thumbnail and forefinger to snap the neck of the offering.
* The Holy Temple was literally situated on the border between the inheritance of Benjamin and the inheritance of Judah. In this way it symbolized the unity between the sons of Rachel and the sons of Leah.
* Hebrew - literally, "the way". Halacha is the term used when referring to Jewish law.
* The large stones seen in the picture, stacked up against the wall between the two treasurers, were placed there by the Hasmoneans. These had been the stones of the altar that were desecrated by the idolatrous practices of the Greek kings.
* The distance between Jerusalem and Jericho is 36 kilometers (22 miles).
* All the actual vessels depicted on the tour are authentic vessels constructed in accordance with the strict requirements demanded by Jewish law, as first set down in the book of Exodus. Accordingly, each vessel is fit and ready for use in the third Holy Temple. The one exception to this rule is the Ark of the Covenant pictured above. This ark is simply a mock-up. The reason for this is that the original ark was neither destroyed nor lost, but according to Jewish tradition was hidden in a subterranean chamber beneath the Temple mount by King Josiah. For more about the fascinating history of the Ark of the Covenant, click here.