A new series of video classes on the erecting and observances of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem—developed for study during the first nine days of the Hebrew month of Menachem Av—is now available on Jewish.tv, the multimedia portal of Chabad.org.

The classes are delivered by the noted scholar and teacher Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon, director of Chabad of the Valley in Tarzana, Calif. They include the daily study of each of the eight chapters of Hilchot Beit Habechirah, the laws of building the Holy Temple, which are included in the Mishneh Torah, Maimonides’ monumental compendium of Jewish law.

The classes have been highlighted for study during the “Nine Days,” a period of additional mourning during the three week period of observance that marks the destruction of the first and second Holy Temples. The nine day period began on the first day of the Jewish month of Menachem Av (Monday, July 8, 2013) and concludes with the fast day of Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of Menachem Av, which will be observed this year from the evening of Monday, July 15, until the evening of Tuesday, July 16.

“The Rebbe especially encouraged people to learn these laws during the Nine Days, when we mourn the destruction of the Holy Temple,” says Gordon, referring to the call to study by Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory.

Gordon explains that “the Rebbe put tremendous emphasis on these laws” because studying them will hasten the Messianic era and the rebuilding of the Third Holy Temple. The Rebbe would often emphasize that “the best way to mourn the destruction is to learn about the imminent rebuilding.”

Quoting the Jewish sages in Midrash Tanchuma on Leviticus:14, G‑d’s response to Ezekiel, who asked what could be done about the fact that the Jews do not have a Temple to go to in Jerusalem, the Rebbe noted that “the study of the design of the Holy Temple as detailed in the biblical verses can be equated to its actual construction.”

As explained in the introduction to the tour of the Holy Temple on Chabad.org, implicit in the wording used in this passage is the idea that studying the laws of the Holy Temple has ramifications that extend far beyond the ordinary sphere of intellectual activity.

The daily video class and the entire series are now available for viewing and study on Jewish.tv. To accompany the study, the full text of each chapter of Hilchot Beit Habechira is available on Chabad.org in English and in the original Hebrew.

The video series is the newest addition to the popular daily Torah-study classes, Rabbi Gordon Live! that are available on Jewish.tv. The series includes Chumash with the commentary of Rashi; Tanya, the seminal work of Chabad Chassidic philosophy; and the daily study of one chapter a day of the entire Mishneh Torah, which was introduced recently at the beginning of the new three-year cycle of daily study.

To learn more about “Three Weeks of Mourning” of the Holy Temple, including the Nine Days and Tisha B’Av, visit Chabad.org’s portal on this topic.