Thursday, July 30, 2009

Temple Institute Building Jerusalem’s Sacrificial Altar

I’m a day late on this article, but some will undoubtedly be interested anyway.  From Arutz-7:

The Temple Institute will begin building the sacrificial altar on Thursday, Tisha B’av, a fast day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple some 2,000 years ago.

The sacrificial altar was located in the center of the Temple, and upon it the Kohanim (priests) offered the numerous voluntary and obligatory sacrifices commanded in the Bible.

The Temple Institute, which has already built many of the vessels for the Holy Temple, such as the ark and the menorah, has now embarked on a project to build the altar. Construction begins Thursday in Mitzpe Yericho (east of Jerusalem) at 5:30 p.m.

“Unfortunately, we cannot currently build the altar in its proper place, on the Temple Mount,” Temple Institute director Yehudah Glick said. “We are building an altar of the minimum possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt."

Even a minimum size altar will work out to be approximately 2 meters tall, 3 meters long, and 3 meters wide. Workers have collected around 10 cubic meters of rocks weighing several tons already.

The rocks were gathered from the Dead Sea area and wrapped individually to assure they remain whole and are not touched by metal, as the Bible requires.

“The Torah says that no iron tools should be used on the altar’s stones,” Glick explained. “The altar represents a connection to life and to the creation of the world. Iron is the opposite – it is used to build tools of war, death, and destruction.”

The story continues here and includes a photo, a video, and an illustration.

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    By Blogger NancySarah, at Fri Jul 31, 12:13:00 PM  

  • If Jesus was the once-for-all sacrifice, a fulfillment of the OT sacrifices, why does an altar need to be built that re-introduces the OT sacrificial system fulfilled in Christ's sacrifice?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Jul 31, 03:37:00 PM  

  • In truth, I think very few Jews really want the sacrificial system re-established, something that would naturally be a part of the Temple if it was rebuilt. I have yet to personally talk to one who thinks this is a good idea, but obviously there is a small, but dedicated following of Jews who desire this.

    By Anonymous Al Sandalow, at Sun Aug 02, 11:06:00 AM  

  • In response to Al Sandlow's comment there's a report of a recent poll taken among Israeli's that showed 64% of Israeli's (not just orthodox) want the Temple rebuilt. You can find it on www.bridgesforpeace.com. But I still have the same question as I asked below. Can anyone answer it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Aug 03, 04:34:00 PM  

  • Well, I stand corrected. It would be interesting if they also asked if people wanted to restart the sacrificals system.

    As to your first question, I suspect the basic answer is that those who want to re-build it are Jews, not Christians, and don't accepts Jesus as messiah.

    By Anonymous Al Sandalow, at Tue Aug 04, 11:58:00 AM  

  • In response to Al Sandolw's 2nd response, I know many Christians who believe the sacrificail system will be a part of the 3rd Temple. In fact several have been digging in Israel(Qumran) to find the original ashes of the red heifer which they believe are to be used when the Temple is rebuilt, obviously for the sanctifying of the high priest whose major function is to perform ritual sacrifices. I just don't know why Christians beleive this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Aug 04, 04:41:00 PM  

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