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What is the Real Significance of the Temple in Jerusalem?

Why do Jews mourn the loss of the Temple today and pray for its restoration?

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Visitor Comments: 4

(2) Anonymous, July 11, 2017 5:49 PM

Beautiful !!!!!!

I learned some things I didn't know although I'm observant. And I was also inspired. Kol tuv. An easy fast for those fasting.

(1) Cheryl, July 11, 2017 3:05 AM

What would be wrong if we commit ourselves to remembering The Temple, and not so much to rebuilding it? An idea can last forever, a material piece of architecture will not. There will always be an enemy waiting to tear it down. Let's not give them the opportunity.

Yitz, July 11, 2017 5:18 PM

Imagine a formerly rich person who, instead of trying to regain his money, simply remembers it fondly. Does that not sound crazy? Sure, maybe he'll lose the money again, but that is no reason to not want it back! And if God himself said he won't lose it again, he would have to be crazy to not try! The Temple is above priceless, and God has promised us the Third Temple will not be destroyed. Should we not at least yearn, for its rebuilding?

Jewish Mom, July 13, 2017 5:44 PM

The Temple reflects G-d overt presence among us

Cheryl, we long for the Temple to be rebuilt precisely because it was not merely a material magnificent piece of architecture. It housed the Shechina - G-d's overt presence - the focal point of the unique intimate relationship between Knesset Yisrael i.e. the Jewish People and G-d. We simply cannot fathom today in our (temporarily) reduced spiritual state. We long for the return of our Beloved and reestablishing the overtly close relationship that once existed, as described allegorically in Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs). This will happen with the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of our Holy Temple which will never again be destroyed. Jews pray for this to happen many times a day - three times during prayer services as well as in the Grace after Meals. It's not an idea for remembering. It's living in a way - in the here and now - that connects us to G-d throughout the day by keeping the Torah commandments and perfecting our character while anticipating the time when this connection will intensify with the rebuilding of the Temple' may it happen speedily in our lifetimes!

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