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Chapter 1The New World [numbers on the left hand side correspond to the Jewish calendar which begins with the year '1' - creation of the world -...

When were the first and second temples built?

King Solomon began construction of the first Holy Temple in Iyar of the year 2928 from Creation (833 BCE). On the 8th of Tishrei 2935 (827 BCE), the Ark...

Were handicapped people refused entrance to the Holy Temple?

No! Handicapped people were certainly not refused entrace to the Holy Temple. Certain handicaps prevented a Kohen from performing certain aspects of the...

What is the significance of animal sacrifices?

Rabbi Freeman: Thanks for stopping by! What's on your mind? Jus'wondering: Please explain all this business about animal sacrifices in the Temple....

Why isn't there an effort underway to rebuild the Temple?

In Exodus1 it is said concerning the third temple "the sanctuary which Your hands, O Lord, have established."2 This is why the third temple will...

What is the Western Wall?

A. The Western Wall, a.k.a. the Kotel (wall) or Wailing Wall1 , is the last remaining section of the Temple which sat atop Jerusalem's Mt. Moriah. It...

Who built the second Temple?

The Second Beit Hamikdash was built by Jewish returnees from the Persian Exile, led by the prophets Ezra, Nechemiah and Zerubavel and was completed...

Why only after the Messiah comes can a third Temple be built?

The third temple will be very different than the first two. The first two temples were great but they were not permanent. They were both eventually...

What is the Holy Temple?

A. The Holy Temple, a.k.a. the Beit Hamikdash (pronounced BAYt hah-MIK-dahsh), was the football-stadium-sized, multi-level, indoor-outdoor structure that...