22 May 2009

After two thousand years. . .

this is happening before my very eyes . . ."
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel

"Tel Aviv - up in flames... Haifa - up in flames... Jerusalem - up in flames..."

From the Temple Institute as a further tribute to Yom Yerushalayim: 

Thus begins the dramatic retelling by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and head of the Temple Institute, of his 1967 Six Day War experiences. Fate placed Rabbi Ariel, then a young man, in arguably the most enviable position in the last two thousand years of Jewish history. As one of the paratroopers of the 55th Parachute Brigade that on June 7th, 1967, captured Jerusalem's old city and liberated the Temple Mount, the impact of the events of those history making moments upon the young Rabbi were profound. 

"What is the meaning of it, that we arrived at this moment, after two thousand years, to this place? The unassailable certainty that we had returned in order to build, that was clear to me."

"So said the L-rd of Hosts: 
Old men and women shall yet sit 
in the streets of Jerusalem, 
each man with his staff in his hand because of old age. 
And the streets of the city shall be filled, 
with boys and girls playing in its streets." 
(Zechariah 8:4-5)

"Jerusalem that is built like a city in which 
[all Israel] is united together." 
(David HaMelech, Psalms 122:3)

"Build Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell amongst them!" 
(Exodus 25:8)

Visit The Temple Institute and enter the world of the Holy Temple. Visit the Gallery for a potpourri of fascinating exhibits, especially "Tomorrow" and wish in your heart that it would be so. See the City of David as it never before has been shown; see a depiction of Shlomo HaMelech dedicating the Temple; and imagine what the gathering at Har Sinai might have looked like; and glimpse inside the Bayit Sheni. A vast gallery of depictions await the viewer in The Gallery .

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