According to tradition, the Messiah will come on Tisha Be’av and the Holy Temple
will be rebuilt in Jerusalem.
That hasn’t happened yet, but you can take
a virtual tour of the Temple Mount, complete with a rebuilt Temple, as part of a
program launched this week and led by none other than Construction and Housing
Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi).
“On Tisha Be’av, the media is full of
articles about people in Tel Aviv who are bitter because their cafes and
restaurants are closed, and I understand them,” Ariel said.
taught, so they don’t know anything about the destruction of the Temple,” he
“They think the Temple Mount is a place where rocks are thrown
and right-wing people make provocations.
How can we expect them to
mourn?” A new website, HarHakodesh.co.il (Har Hakodesh means “the holy mount”)
opens the Temple Mount to virtual 360-degree tours hosted by Ariel, linguist and
radio personality Avshalom Kor, archeologist Gabi Barkai and others. It is
sponsored by “Heart of the Nation,” an NGO that seeks to educate about the
Temple Mount, and includes a look at areas that the Wakf Muslim religious trust
does not allow Jews to enter.
The “tour” begins with a rendition of the
Temple laid over the current Temple Mount, with the Dome of the Rock at the
“Heart of the Nation” explained that the virtual tour was meant
to show the Temple Mount as a historic and spiritual site, rather than a
political or archeological site, and connect the wider public to the place that
is “the heart of Jewish existence from the days of King David until
“This website is only the beginning,” Ariel said.
will teach about the Temple Mount and there will be a museum here [on the Mount]
that will deal with its connection to the Jewish People and all of
Ariel charged that secular schools currently do not teach about
the Temple’s destruction, claiming one can visit the Israel Museum and not know
the Temple ever existed.
“A thousand years with the Temple got lost among
the Christian art in the Israel Museum, so now we’ll have our own museum showing
the history and findings from archeological digs that describe the role of the
holy mount in the life of Jewish people over millennia,” he said.