On Thursday, a bit of the former glory of the Temple was witnessed by three hundred people who took part in the full-dress reenactment of the Sukkot water-libation ceremony.
While many read and study about the breads of the Beit Hamikdash (Temple) in the Bible, few have the opportunity to see – and even taste – them come to life. Situated in the Biblical land of the Shomron in Israel, Saidel’s Artisan Baking Institute holds yearlong workshops facilitating this epicurean opportunity for the whole family.
To commemorate Israel’s 70th anniversary, the Temple Organizations minted a Trump/Cyrus coin with Bible verses in Hebrew, English, and Arabic. They also extended an invitation to Putin and Iran to take their prophesied role in building the Temple in Jerusalem in the hope that returning the site to a focus of universal prayer will avert the possibility of war.
As tensions between Israel and Iran flare after an Israeli airstrike in Syria killed seven Iranian military personnel, one prominent Rabbi is reaching out to Iran as a partner in redemption, connecting with the country’s ancient Persian heritage that played an essential role in building the Second Temple.
A missile attack against an Assad regime base is being seen as a serious escalation in the regional conflict though one end-of-days expert sees it as the Syrian despot taking his prophesied place as the “Nero of the East”. Another rabbi has an inciteful understanding that clearly divides the multinational powder keg forming on Israel’s northern border into two camps based on Biblical parameters.
On the second night dozens of men, women, and children went out to the fields to harvest barley as a Temple-related Passover ceremony. The following day, the harvest was brought to Jerusalem where it was turned into flour and Kohanim performed a full-dress rehearsal for the Wave Offering, as it was once performed in the First and Second Temple and will be performed again in the soon-to-be Third Temple.
On Monday, the United Temple Movements held a full-dress reenactment of the Passover sacrifice, coming as close as possible to replicating one of the central ceremonies in Judaism as it appeared in the Temple. Over 1,500 people gathered to watch and even get a physical taste of what once was and what will soon be again: the glory of the Jewish Temple.