Obama to “test waters” on Israel 3rd temple project


It’s Temple time, Call to Rebuild Jewish Temple

Built by King Solomon about 950 BCE and destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BCE because of flagrant sin in the nation, the Temple was rebuilt about 70 years later but raised by the Romans in 70 CE. This time, according to the Talmud, because of causeless hatred of one Jew for another.

It’s difficult for modern man to understand what the Temple was: A material dwelling place for the immaterial God, visible proof that God was with His people. It was a site suffused by the Holy Spirit, where, according to the Talmud, 10 standing miracles could be witnessed by all visitors, and to which all the nations are destined to flock in order to experience the divine. When the Second Temple was lost, the whole world was darkened.

For millennia Jews have remembered and mourned the destruction of the Temple on Tisha Be’Av by fasting and reading Lamentations, and by traditions such as crushing a glass at weddings or leaving a patch of wall opposite the entrance to one’s home unpainted – each stressing that no joy can be perfect or complete without the Temple.

Talmud scholar Rabbi Yochanan wrote: “During these times that the Temple is demolished, a person is not allowed to fill his mouth with laughter. This is because the verse (Psalms 126) says, ‘then our mouths will be filled with laughter,’ and does not say ‘now our mouths will be filled with laughter.’

The rabbi continues: “And when is ‘then?’ ‘Then’ will be when the Third Temple is rebuilt.”

Many believe that just as the re-establishment of Israel moved from being an ancient prophecy to a whispered prayer to a dream to a wild hope to a controversial movement and finally blossomed into a stunning, miraculous though still incomplete reality, so too will the Temple – the jewel in the crown of God’s nation – move from the pages of the Bible into the here and now. Two thousand years of persecution and exile will become as insubstantial as smoke, and “we shall be as people in a dream.” Rabbi Chaim Richman is one such man. His reason is as simple as it is profound: “Jewish life without the Temple is like fish out of water.”



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