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Spiritual building ahead

Building of Jerusalem

שמונה עשרה-בונה ירושלים

To Jerusalem, Your city, may You return in compassion, and may You dwell in it as You promised. May You rebuild it rapidly in our days as an everlasting structure, and install within it soon the throne of David. Blessed are You, Lord, who builds Jerusalem

וְלִירוּשָׁלַיִם עִירְךָ בְּרַחֲמִים תָּשׁוּב. וְתִשְׁכּן בְּתוכָהּ כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ. וּבְנֵה אותָהּ בְּקָרוב בְּיָמֵינוּ בִּנְיַן עולָם. וְכִסֵּא דָוִד מְהֵרָה לְתוכָהּ תָּכִין:

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה', בּונֵה יְרוּשָׁלָיִם



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Mark Twain's visit to Lebanon, Syria, and the Holy Land in 1867 was published in "The Innocents Abroad", where he described Palestine as follows:

"..... A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds... a silent mournful expanse.... a desolation.... we never saw a human being on the whole route.... hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country."

(The Innocents Abroad, p. 361-362)
Few cities are as historically, spiritually and culturally rich as the city of Jerusalem, where the Old City meets the modern world.

Walking through the city’s cobbled streets, it is not uncommon to find ancient ruins and artifacts hidden among the modern buildings and parks. The city’s residents continually build the future with constant reminders of the rich history of Jerusalem, creating a bridge between their ancient ancestors and the remarkable return of the Jewish people to their eternal capital.

The unique character embodied by the modern city of Jerusalem includes the blending of rich ancient history with contemporary glory and the embracing of distinct cultures, nationalities and religions.birkat kohanim at western wall

The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1538, stand as an emblem of time and the struggle for control of the ancient city. Entering the Old City, one instantly feels a connection to history, to the Biblical Era and the thousands of years of worship, war and transformation that echo within its walls. One could easily spend three or four days exploring the ancient and more modern day artifacts of the Old City of Jerusalem and its surrounding areas.


Exiting the city walls through Jaffa Gate, one is immediately confronted by the stark contrast of history and modernity, presented with luxurious housing complexes and hotels, art dealers and some of the finest shopping in the country. The recent development of the upscale Alrov Mamilla Avenue shopping promenade contrasts the mystical Old City of Jerusalem with an entirely modern counterpart. The new city center is filled with trendy nightlife, restaurants, and shopping, all adding unmistakable 21st century flair to the mix.

Continues through the streets of Jerusalem, one will continually travel through time and place, as the neighborhoods constantly flip-flop between the old and the new. Many of the districts originally colonized by groups of immigrants from specific countries maintain the namesake of those early settlers. Ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods such as Meah Shearim and Geula transport the visitor back to old Europe, as hasidimrush through the streets in traditional European garb, unchanged since the days of their European ancestors.



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Moments away, the core of Jerusalem comes alive at the cultural meeting point, Machane Yehuda, the largest and most ethnically diverse outdoor market in Israel, known as the shuk. Vendors selling everything from live fish, and produce, to clothing and gifts, engage customers in a lively spectacle which attracts visitors from the entire spectrum of the population. The modern-day city of Jerusalem is the home of the Israeli government (Knesset), Supreme Court, universities, museums and cultural centers, as well as industrial and technological enterprise, all of which contribute a fast-paced, contemporary pulse to the city.

Strolling through this exceptional city, it’s hard to imagine anything but a united Jerusalem. Despite the stark ideological differences between the city’s diverse inhabitants, there is a palpable feeling of unity among the members of all religions who appreciate the holiness of the city. In fact, the threat of a divided Jerusalem serves only to unite its admirers against this potential atrocity.

As Jerusalem continues to modernize, growing in wealth and beauty, the ancient structures remain intact as a symbol of the triumph and endurance of the Jewish people and their survival. While the majority of the city’s modern appearance does not attest to its rich and ancient history, there is no way to detach the ancient essence, which obviously unifies Jerusalem’s diverse peoples and traditions and makes it impossible to divide this sacred place.



By: United with Israel Staff

  • does the above description give an acurate portrayal?

  • consider the vast difference between Mark twain’s description and the second description.

  • Why would you ask for the city of Jerusalem to be rebuilt?

  • Isn’t Jerusalem already built? What else do we want that is not already there?

Centrality of Jerusalem


Medrash Tanchuma Kedoshim 10

מדרש תנחומא קדושים סימן י

The Land of Israel sits at the center of the world and Jerusalem sits at the center of the Land of Israel

ארץ ישראל יושבת באמצעיתו של עולם וירושלים באמצעיתה של א"י ובית המקדש באמצע ירושלים




Babylonian Talmud Brachot 30a

תלמוד בבלי מסכת ברכות דף ל עמוד א

If one is praying in the Land of Israel, he should direct his heart towards Jerusalem; If he is standing in Jerusalem, he should face towards the Holy Temple

היה עומד בארץ ישראל - יכוין את לבו כנגד ירושלים, שנאמר: התפללו אל ה' דרך העיר אשר בחרת; היה עומד בירושלים - יכוין את לבו כנגד בית המקדש, שנאמר: התפללו אל הבית הזה



  • what does praying in the direction of jerusalem tell us about judaism’s attitude towards it?

How Close Is Close??


HaRav Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal- Eim Habanim Semeicha 4:13 (page 241)

“Only the task of building and settling our Holy Land can be that “middle bar” that will bring us (as an nation) together. This is the only mitzvah capable of doing it”

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The Chofetz Chaim was an individual who was always preparing for the coming of the Third Temple. The Chofetz Chaim always had a bag with the bare necessities prepared, for when he would to travel to Israel when the Mashiach would come. He was also seen exercising since he was a Kohein, a priest, who would have to serve in the temple and he needed to be in proper shape to do the service to its best.



  • can you imagine waiting for the third temple so actively?

  • Why in today’s day and age do we need the building of the third temple?

  • Why do you think building the temple might unite the people?

  • What can you do to help bring Mashiach and the third temple closer?

By Man or By God?


Maimonides Laws of Kings 11:1

רמב"ם הלכות מלכים פרק יא הלכה א

The King the Messiah (lit. the anointed) will stand up and return the Kingdom of the house of David to its old [glory], to the first rule, and build the Temple (lit. holy), and gather the scattered ones of the Israel, and return all of the laws in his days as they were before

הַמֶּלֶךְ הַמָּשִׁיחַ עָתִיד לַעֲמֹד וּלְהַחְזִיר מַלכוּת דָּוִד לְיָשְׁנָהּ לַמֶּמְשָׁלָה הָרִאשׁוֹנָה. וּבוֹנֶה הַמִּקְדָּשׁ וּמְקַבֵּץ נִדְחֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְחוֹזְרִין כָּל הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים בְּיָמָיו כְּשֶׁהָיוּ מִקֹּדֶם.



Rashi Tractate Sukkah 41a

רש"י מסכת סוכה דף מא עמוד א

It would be built on the fifteenth close to sunset, and this is difficult if it’s at night since we cannot build(the temple) as it teaches us in Shavuos (15b) the temple cannot be built at night as it writes “and on the day it should be established” and not on the fifteenth which is Yom Tov. These words are according to the one who says it will be built by man, but the future temple we expect to be built…..he will reveal and he will come from heaven that is says (Exodus 15:17) “The temple of Hashem that your(Hashem’s) hands will establish”

אי נמי - דאיבני בחמיסר סמוך לשקיעת החמה, והיא היא, ואי קשיא דבלילה אינו נבנה דקיימא לן בשבועות (טו, ב) דאין בנין בית המקדש בלילה, דכתיב וביום הקים ולא בחמיסר שהוא יום טוב, דקיימא לן בשבועות (שם /טו, ב/) דאין בנין בית המקדש דוחה יום טוב, הני מילי - בנין הבנוי בידי אדם, אבל מקדש העתיד שאנו מצפין בנוי ומשוכלל הוא יגלה ויבא משמים, שנאמר (שמות טו) מקדש ה' כוננו ידיך.



תלמוד בבלי מסכת סנהדרין צח עמוד א

Babylonian Talmud Sandhedrin 98a

ואמר רבי יוחנן: אין בן דוד בא אלא בדור שכולו זכאי, או כולו חייב. בדור שכולו זכאי - דכתיב ועמך כלם צדיקים לעולם יירשו ארץ, בדור שכולו חייב - דכתיב וירא כי אין איש וישתומם כי אין מפגיע, וכתיב למעני אעשה.

And Rabbi Yochanan Said: Mashiach will only come in a generation that is completely innocent or completely guilty. In a generation that is completely innocent it is written (Yeshaya 60:20) “And your people are all righteous they shall inherit the land forever.” A generation that is completely guilty it is written (Yeshaya 59:16) “And He saw that there was no man, and was astonished that there was no intercessor” and it is written (Yeshaya 48:11) “For my own [God’s] sake I will make it [the temple])

  • How do you think the Gemara in Sanhedrin solves the contradiction of whether the Temple will come from Heaven or will be built by man?

  • Which approach do you prefer? Why?




The Temple Institute is dedicated to all aspects of the Divine commandment for Israel to build a house for G-d's presence, the Holy Temple, on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. The range of the Institute's involvement with this concept includes education, research, activism, and actual preparation. Our goal is firstly, to restore Temple consciousness and reactivate these "forgotten" commandments. We hope that by doing our part, we can participate in the process that will lead to the Holy Temple becoming a reality once more.
The major focus of the Institute is its efforts towards the beginning of the actual rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Towards this end, the Institute has begun to restore and construct the sacred vessels for the service of the Holy Temple. These vessels, which G-d commanded Israel to create, can be seen today at our exhibition in Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter. They are made according to the exact specifications of the Bible, and have been constructed from the original source materials, such as gold, copper, silver and wood. These are authentic, accurate vessels, not merely replicas or models. All of these items are fit and ready for use in the service of the Holy Temple. Among the many items featured in the exhibition are musical instruments played by the Levitical choir, the golden crown of the High Priest, and gold and silver vessels used in the incense and sacrificial services. After many years of effort and toil, the Institute has completed the three most important and central vessels of the Divine service: the seven-branched candelabra, or Menorah, made of pure gold; the golden Incense Altar, and the golden Table of the Showbread.https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e0/68/74/e06874970a50341bd69638416b599032.jpg

Concluding thoughts


  • While the city of Jerusalem may be a developed city we are still wanting for the building of the Third Temple.

  • One should try and be prepared for the building of the Third Temple as that is the way of unifying the Jewish people.

  • There's an argument whether the Third Temple will be built by man or by G-d. This will be done based on whether the nation as a whole is worthy enough.


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