Holy Temple Readings & Insights

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 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 . . .”
Perceptions
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.
Home
A corner of the universe that is utterly, exclusively, one’s own.
The Temple Mount As Sacred Space
At the threshold of reality
To an ecologist, nothing is as interesting as the foothills, where two ecosystems meet.
What Was the Holy Temple?
The problem with the word “temple” is that Indiana Jones got to it.
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.
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