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Founded in 1987, the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem is dedicated
to the building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem. The Institute focuses a lot of
energy on practically preparing the fine details for the Third Temple as well as
lighting the flame of the temple in Jewish hearts through seminars,
publications, conferences, and the production of educational materials.
Institute has created replicas of many of the ritual objects used in the Temple,
including the Temple vessels, trumpets, and priestly vestments, all constructed
according to Biblical specifications and ready to be put into service should the
need arise. After many years of effort, the Institute has completed the three
most significant and central vessels of the Divine service: the seven-branched
Menorah made of pure gold; the golden Incense Altar, and the golden Table of the
The impressive solid gold menorah is displayed in the Jewish Quarter,
beside the stairs leading down to the Western Wall plaza and the Temple Mount,
whereas the rest of the pieces are on display in the Institute's museum. All are
amazing to see – especially when one considers the exacting specifications
according to which they were made.
The Temple Institute also organizes
Jewish visits to the Temple Mount during weekday mornings, and has put a lot of
effort into finding a red heifer that can be used for ritual purification (the
existence of such a bovine specimen is also considered a portent of the Final
A visit to the Institute's museum is an enthralling educational
experience that brings the reality of the Jewish temple to life.Stay
tuned for more episodes of CITYsights.
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