Holy Temple Myth Busters: Part I – Introduction

Who needs the Holy Temple anyway? Sounds like a relic from some bygone era. Haven’t we evolved? Didn’t the rabbis say… it’s all just
a symbol? Don’t we have to wait for the Messiah to
build it! And what about the Mosque? Do you want to cause a world war? And isn’t it supposed to come down from
Heaven? And didn’t the Rambam say that there won’t
be sacrifices in the future Temple? It’s a different world today. And anyway isn’t G-d everywhere? Yet Israel still mourns the loss of the Temple
constantly, several times daily in prayer as well as at important life-cycle events
such as the breaking of a glass underfoot at a wedding. Let’s start at the beginning: what was the
Holy Temple all about? When the Holy Temple was destroyed the true
taste of fruit was lost. Our senses were stripped . The colors of the
rainbow were dulled … Everything became muted. The soul of creation departed, and the world
became a shell of its former self. This is all because the Shechina, the Divine
Presence that shines forth from the Holy Temple and illuminates the whole world with the knowledge
of G-d, became hidden. It is the Holy Temple, on Mount Moriah in
Jerusalem, the center of the universe, the place that G-d chose, that will bring the
light back into the world, and put that taste back into the fruit… and the color back
into the rainbow…and reconnect all of creation with one another. It is the Holy Temple that enables all of
humanity to engage in a direct, dynamic relationship with G-d, and provides the opportunity for
every individual to rise to our greatest potential. The prophet Haggai says “In this place I
will grant peace.” And the prophet Isaiah states “My house
shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” This isn’t talking about the End of Days
or the distant future. It’s talking about today, and it can start
now. All the Torah’s commandments are for all
of Israel to fulfill…always and forever. And the building of the Holy Temple is no
exception. The Torah clearly states, “And you shall
make for Me a sanctuary”– it’s a mitzvah to build the Temple, and the great Maimonides
enumerates it as one of the eternally-binding positive commandments. Buildings don’t fall down from Heaven, G-d
doesn’t do the mitzvoth for us…and waiting for the Messiah must not be used as an excuse
for neglecting our responsibility. In our upcoming video series we will be addressing
each of these issues. In the meantime, let’s remember that G-d
is waiting for us…to begin the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and to make this world
into the place it was meant to be.


  1. I enjoy your Videos and Teachings but I respectfully disagree about There being a Mitzvot of Building a Temple. It would be clearly Stated in the Torah if that were the case.

  2. I've always been sceptical about the Temple but if the last couple of years have taught me anything it's that you should do your own research on things and not listen to all of them conspiracies.
    I'll be looking forward to the myth busting.

  3. The practical problem is that we need to know exactly where The Ark of The Covenant sits and where The Alter sits.  Since, the Temple was "plowed under" we dont really know where they are without Divine Revelation, as it happened for the First Temple and with the 2nd Temple.  All the models they've built are merely calculations, which are not enough.

  4. A hearty 'kol hakavod' to Rabbi Richman on this upcoming series.  Besides the timeless message, the new media is cool and chic — we will be following each new episode!   
    Here is a link to our own video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvMsWMSQK4Y), which we've decided to make public to strengthen The Temple Institute's message and efforts.  It presents novel, rational lines of defence concerning the relevance of the Temple Service (Torah sacrifice) in our time.

  5. Convert to Islam…..
    I believe you must be Muslim and dressed very conservatively to get inside the Dome of the Rock mosque.

  6. "When people approach me with this proposition [to rebuild the Temple], I say: …Just as there is a precept to build the Temple, there is a sequence to its fulfillment. The Gemara says, "Israel was commanded with three precepts when they entered the Land: To appoint a King; to annihilate the seed of Amalek; and to build Hashem's chosen house. And the Gemara continues, And how do I know which comes first? You have to say raise up a King. And how do I know whether to build the Temple first, or to annihilate the seed of Amalek? You have to say first annihilate the seed of Amalek. The Gemara is speaking of the initial entry into the Land and of the construction of the first temple, but the Rambam decides that this is generally true. 'Israel was commanded with three precepts upon entering the Land…the King's appointment precedes the war with Amalek, and the annihilation of Amalek precedes the building of the Temple.' This is a clear order not a haphazard arrangement."
    (Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook in Torat Eretz Israel, p. 283)

  7. Build the Temple and the Anti Messiah will come and he will bring Jacob's trouble, the 7 year tribulation.

    The last week of years of Daniel.

    Daniel 9:27
    He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”

    Daniel 11:31
    “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation.

  8. Shalom 🙂 Thank you for all of your wonderful videos, Temple Talk Radio and Weekly Torah Portions all year round. We LOVE them!  from Kenny and Debra in Australia.

  9. Yes there will be a Temple in the near term according to the  blueprint of Ezekiel which omits the outer court of the Gentiles because as we ought to know this is where the Dome of Rock sits. Ezekiel comments on his surprise to see a structure to the south of where he stood.

    The book of Revelation also declared it. Actually it is the Apostle John that is the angel of whom Ezekiel records the Temple measurements.  For those who have not read this passage allow me to share it:

    And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

    And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
    And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

    And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

    And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. – Revelation 11

  10. What is the Temple Institute's position on the abomination that Daniel 9 and 11 speaks of with regard to their efforts to build the Temple? I cannot seem to find any reference to these chapters from them. I am very interested in knowing their thoughts on this.

  11. Baruch HaShem! This video is a confirmation of a prayer I made in the wester wall. While I was praying with my hands on it. I felt like my arms changed into a tree and as I was praying that was growing up higher than the walls!

    I believe HaShem had a message of keep praying there….

  12. Is the Temple going to be built 1000 feet south of Ft. Antonia or will it be on the fort of Antonia where the Dome of the Rock sits?

  13. Build it now, but build it on where it is suppose to be according to the Holy Scriptures and not on that fort Antonia where the Dome of the rock ( the al haram al sharif) and the Al Aqsa mosque stands today.

  14. Benção Shalom! sou do Brasil queria muito ir ai esta com vocês uma braço forte!!!Sou Pastor de uma Pena Igreja Evangélica….

  15. – "Sir," the woman said, "I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem."
    – "Woman," Jesus replied, "believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
    – The woman said, "I know that Messiah is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."
    – Then Jesus declared, "I, the one speaking to you–I am he."

    John 4:19-26

    I know Jews couldn't care less for the Christian scriptures, but I just wanted to put this out in the public in the hopes of stirring some thoughts. I will always pray for the descendants of Jacob, even if I don't condone everything the Israeli state does.

  16. Someone had to jump into the sea with faith for it to split – so yeah, someone has to put the first brick for the miracle to happen

  17. please understand, Yehosua was the completion of the sacrifices, He is Messiah. sacrifices are not needed because He fulfilled them. He is Elohim Almighty and nothing is lacking in what He says or does, if we begin sacrificing again we are saying His work of salvation lacks something and it doesn't. please, i see your hearts want Hashem, but please open your heart to His truth, His sacrifice and truly understand the glory of Elohim in the cross , its completeness and utter holiness that doesn't need anything from man because it is Hashem's perfect work of salvation.amen

  18. Thank you for your devotion to the Beit HaMikdash. Isn't Haram al-Sharif built over the Roman Caustra, Antonia Fortress where the 10th Legion was garrisoned? Isn't the place of the Holy Temple 600 ft south on the Ophel of the City of David, over the Gihon Spring?

  19. Sometimes we miss the obvious, even when it is staring at us in the eye. Daniel 8:14 says, the temple will be reconsecrated "2300 mornings and evenings" (prophetic day=year) from the time that the daily sacrifice was taken away. The last daily sacrifice was, depending on how one counted the day (a Hebrew day began at 6 pm) in the 9th or 10th of Av 70 AD at the fall of Jerusalem when the Roman general who would later become emperor, Titus, burned the temple. This was the same month and day that it first fell in 587 BC to the Babylonian, Nebuchadnezzar. Count 2300 years from 70 AD and you have 2370. I believe the Hebrew luni-solar year of 360 days, an adaptation of the Babylonian one, would account for the lost days and arrive at the same year as the Roman calendar. On July 15, 2370, at the time of its reconsecration, the real Messiah will come down to topple the anti-Christ which caused the rebuilding and consequent reconsecration of the temple of Solomon. This is what the prophet Ezekiel saw. BTW, count 6000 years from 2370 and you will have 3630 BC when the genealogy of Adam began. There are only 6000 years from Adam to Judgment Day and correcting the Seder Olam's error in counting the number of years of Persian reign, among others, the genealogy of Adam until the reconsecration adds up to 6000 years, exactly.

    Jesus also said in Matthew 24:32 of the lesson of the fig tree, that we should know the season for the time when the abomination which causes desolation is seated where it is not supposed to be (the anti-Christ officiating during the reconsecration of the temple) will repeat itself. In fact, I believe that it will also be the Persians during the very short period at the end of the Millenium in 2330 who will cause the rebuilding of the temple, as it did in the past.

  20. I had a dream of Bibi in January 2019, and he asked me "When are you coming back to Israel? I replied, "I have to go to Greece first, I could come to Israel for Christmas". Bibi replied, "You can't have a Jewish Christmas with us". LOL.

  21. I would like the 3rd temple to be built even though I don't believe it is located at the middle of the Universe. It would be kind of the monotheistic Muslims to allow their cousins the Jews to rebuild the temple. Maybe G-d will intervene somehow?

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