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Holy Temple Readings & Insights

The Menorah: Its Story and Mystery
Explore the design, positioning, lighting rituals, and rich symbolism.
How Were the Priests Divided?
On the 24 Clans of Kohanim
14 Facts about Kohanim—the Priestly Clan
In Judaism, Kohanim are the priestly clan, who are honored with certain tasks, responsibilities and privileges.
How Did Holy Temples of Stone Burn?
How could stone Temples burn? Were they made of wood as well?
Why Were the Temples Destroyed?
Learn the reasons given by the sages, as well as what they mean to us today.
14 Facts About the Menorah in the Holy Temple
Join us as we learn all about this item, whose spiritual light continues to shine until this very day.
What Was the Holy Temple?
The problem with the word “temple” is that Indiana Jones got to it.
The Rebbe's Analysis of the Holy Temple
Analytical studies by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson on the Rambam's rulings concerning the construction and the design of the Beis HaMikdosh
The Ark of the Covenant Explained
A golden box containing the tablets with the Ten Commandments, the ark stood in the Holy of Holies, the Temple’s innermost sanctum.
The Kitchen or the Library?
“My design for A New Home for the New Millennium may seem revolutionary,” explained the architect, “but only because we have drifted away from the home’s initial, primal function . . .”
Let’s take a look at the Holy Temple. I see a magnificent structure bedecked with silver and gold. “What is this all about?” I wonder. Is G‑d so high-maintenance?
What We Are Missing
We philosophized our way to science, and then science led us through the doorway into mysticism. But we still don’t know how to live our lives.
Three Chambers
Imagine a house with three rooms: a large room where the bulk of your time is spent; a smaller chamber where precious occasions of the spirit are enjoyed; and a rarely visited sanctum that is the absolute center of your life.
A corner of the universe that is utterly, exclusively, one’s own.
Why On Earth Do We Need a Third Temple?
The Third Temple is not a building, but a state of harmony between G-d, humanity, and nature.
Seeking the Lost Mountain of Sinai?
Don’t we all remember the precise location where we proposed, or the hospital ward where our first child was born? How could we forget? And yet, somehow, we’ve lost touch with the place more important to our people than any other . . .
Somewhere Between Spirituality and Religion
There is truth
Is it a self-improvement thing, like a woodworking class or a therapy session? Is it a duty, like obeying the law of the land and going to work in the morning?
Sleep On It
For the entire fourteen years that Jacob was secluded in the study house of Eber, he did not lie down. Nor did he lay himself to sleep for the 20 years he labored over Laban's sheep. In between, he spent one night at the holiest place on earth -- "and he lay down in that place" (Genesis 28:11). What is the deeper significance of that single horizontal night in 34 vertical years?
Animal Sacrifices?
I can see the experiential quality of it all: an ancient temple with heavenly music and mystical song; priests in flowing robes deep in meditation; mesmerizing, choreographed ritual. But why the barbecue?
Spiritual Space
The deeper meaning behind the different opinions in the Talmud and commentaries regarding the menorah’s spatial alignment inside the Temple, and regarding the identity of its miraculous “western lamp.”
The Neck
A channel of consciousness and vitality joining soul and body, heaven and earth
The Holy Whole
Within the walls of the Holy Temple
Each of the vessels of the Temple served as an expression of G‑d’s relationship with the world.
Why Haven't Jews Rebuilt the Temple Yet?
Why don’t I see the rabbinic leaders in Israel spearheading a building campaign?
9 Little-Known Facts About the Holy Temples in Jerusalem
Cool facts about the theology, function, layout and significance of the holiest spot on earth.
4 Unique Characteristics of the Third Temple
In the 25th year of the Babylonian exile, G‑d showed a vision of the future Temple to the prophet Ezekiel . . .
The High Priest's Breastplate (Choshen)
The breastplate was a garment worn by the high priest while serving in the Holy Temple.
Which Objects Were Present in the Holy of Holies?
I recall hearing that there were five objects in the chamber, but I cannot remember what they were. Can you please help refresh my memory?
Is It Kosher to Make a Seven-Branched Candelabra?
It seems that the approach to an electrical chandelier should be the same as to a conventional oil-and-wick candelabra.
Why Was the Holy Temple on a Mountain?
And one man’s dedication to growth, even on his last day
Let us explore the fact that the Temple was built on a mountain, and then we can unpack its lessons.
15 Facts About the Mishkan That Every Jew Should Know
Learn all about the traveling tabernacle
It was G-d's home, built shortly after the exodus from Egypt, and the precursor to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem built by Solomon.
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