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Rebuilding the Temple

Rebuilding the Temple

We must feel the pain of exile if we have any hope of reversing it.


Why hasn't the Holy Temple been rebuilt?

Since the Temple was a great privilege for the Jewish people, it came along with great responsibilities as well. (Such is the nature of privileges.) These responsibilities meant that the Jews were to serve G-d with more devotion than ever before and to be a guiding light for all of the nations of the world. When, unfortunately, the Jewish People did not live up to these responsibilities, as a consequence lost the Temple.

The re-building will begin when the Messiah comes. This Third Temple will be on the Temple Mount, exactly where it previously stood. In fact, Maimonides writes that one sign that the Messiah is the real Messiah (and not an imposter) will be when he re-builds the Temple on the Temple Mount.

Early 20th century alleyway in front of the WallToday, the Jewish People are striving to return to a level whereby they will merit once again to have the Temple. It can be rebuilt at any moment. The Midrash says that the Third Temple has already been constructed in heaven, and merely awaits our preparations here on earth. Furthermore, in every generation an individual exists with the capacity to step into the role of the Messiah.

We must feel the pain of exile if we have any hope of reversing it. Like orphans who never knew their parents, we risk going about our daily lives insensitive to the lack of a healthy spiritual world. If we hope to have the Temple rebuilt, we must strive to understand what the loss of the Temple means – and how we can connect with our destiny, our struggle, our mission and our identity as a people.

The story is told of Napoleon walking through the streets of Paris. As he passes by a synagogue, he hears the sounds of people weeping inside. So he turns to his assistant and asks, "What's going on with the Jews?" "Today is Tisha B'Av," came the reply, "and the Jews are mourning the loss of their Temple." Napoleon looked toward the synagogue and said, "If the Jews are still crying after 1800 years, then I am certain the Temple will one day be rebuilt!" The tears we shed for the destruction, are precisely those tears which bring about redemption.

The Jewish People are clearly heading toward redemption. One apparent sign is that the Jewish People have returned to the Land of Israel and made it bloom once again. A major movement is afoot of young Jews returning to Torah tradition.

G-d is ready when we are. For as King David writes in Psalms 95:7: "(Redemption will come) today – if you hearken to His voice."

November 3, 2002

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Visitor Comments: 6

(6) Wayne Nathanson, July 29, 2012 2:13 PM

Why do we need the Mashiach for the third temple

If we had two temples without a Mashiach... Then why do we need to wait for the michiach to build the third temple?

(5) Emmanuel Kiofi Salami, March 9, 2011 5:44 PM

I think this is the time christains should hold on to their faith looking at what is going on in our world today because all that the Bible sad is coming through .more comments will be sent to later on thanks.

(4) Anonymous, October 5, 2008 2:47 PM

to 3) anonymous, 21/7/2008

It will be removed of course. Why would it still need to stand? After all, not even the Arabs will want to worship in any place other than the Jewish Temple. Anyway, even if they did wish, (which they won't) this would not be the proper place for it since this is the Temple mount. Not the dome of the rock mount.

(3) anonymous, July 21, 2008 4:02 PM

What do they plan to do about the dome of the rock thats already on the temple mount? Will they move it, bulldoze it or build the temple right next to it?

(2) david, May 23, 2008 8:06 AM

now is the time

everyones home, the signs are appernt,it will be rebuilt soon.

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