The Temple Institute, known in Hebrew as Machon HaMikdash (Hebrew: מכון
המקדש), is a non-profit religious and educational organization in Israel focusing on raising world consciousness to the
centrality of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem to the life of the Jewish people and to all mankind. It aspires to reach this goal
through educational outreach and through the construction of actual Temple ritual objects and priestly garments, which are
suitable for immediate use, in the event conditions permit the reconstruction of the Holy Temple. The Temple Institute has
received a number of awards in recognition of its contribution to Jewish education in Israel, by the Israeli Ministry of
Education. The Temple Institute is a government recognized, registered non-profit charitable organization in both Israel and the
USA (501 (C) 3).
Director General is Mordechai Prinze, and the International Department is headed by
Building of Temple ritual items
| [http://www.templeinstitute.org/vessels_gallery.htm Temple Institute -
|Copper laver||For Kohanim to wash at start of day|
|Mizrak||Holds blood from sacrificial animals|
|Large mizrak||Holds blood from larger animals|
|Three-pronged fork||To arrange offerings on the altar|
|Measuring cup||To measure meal offerings|
|Copper vessel for meal offerings||To prepare meal offerings|
|Silver shovel||To remove ashes from the altar|
|Silver vessel for wine libation||For wine accompanying offerings|
|Lottery box||For Yom Kippur|
|Silver altar cup for water libation||For Sukkot|
|Silver libation vessels||For Sukkot|
|Sickle||To reap the Omer barley|
|Other offering implements||To offer the Omer barley|
|Abuv||To roast the Omer barley|
|Menorah cleansing vessel||To clean the Menorah|
|Oil pitcher||For replenishing the Menorah|
|Small golden flask||For replenishing individual Menorah lamps|
|Incense chalice||For Ketoret or incense offering|
|Incense shovel||For Ketoret or incense offering|
|Table of the Showbread||See Showbread.|
|Incense altar||For Ketoret or incense offering|
|Ark of the Covenant (mock up)||See Ark of the Covenant.|
|Crown||Crown worn by the High Priest|
|Garments of the High Priest||See High Priest.|
|Silver trumpets||Announce special occasions and offerings|
|Gold-plated shofar||For Rosh Hashanah. See Shofar.|
|Silver-plated shofar||For fast days. See Shofar.|
|Harp||Used by the choir of Levites singing psalms|
|Lyre||Used by the choir of Levites singing psalms|
As part of its ongoing effort to prepare for a future rebuilt Temple, the Temple Institute
has been preparing ritual objects suitable for Temple use. Many of the over ninety ritual
items to be used in the Temple have been made by the Temple Institute.
As of June 2008, a major current project of the institute is the creation of the sacred
project, the culmination of years of study and research, has been underway for several
completed. The Tzitz, the golden crown of the High Priest, was completed in 2007.
The Temple Institute is currently manufacturing garments for the lay priests, which can be
purchased by Kohanim who can verify their lineage.
The institute's educational efforts include raising public awareness about the Holy
Temple, and the central role that it is believed to occupy in the spiritual life of
mankind. These efforts include a full-time research staff (kollel), seminars, publications, and conferences, as well as the production of educational materials. Online
educational tools include the Institute's website ,
educational videos and video conferencing.
In addition to a variety of items required for service within the Temple, the institute
has attempted to locate a parah adumah (Red heifer) consistent with the
purposes of taharah (purification) necessary to enter the Temple sanctuary
proper in most circumstances.
 In recent years, the institute identified two candidates, one in 1997 and
another in 2002. The Temple Institute had initially declared both
kosher, but later found each to be unsuitable.
Rebuilding a Jewish temple on the Temple Mount
Although Orthodox Judaism generally agrees that the Temple in Jerusalem will and
should be rebuilt, there is a substantial disagreement about whether this should occur by
human or divine hands. The Temple Institute interprets the opinion of the Rambam
(Maimonides) as saying that Jews should attempt to build the Temple themselves, and
have a mitzvah (obligation) to do so if they can.
Ascending the Temple Mount
The rabbis associated with the Temple Institute hold (also following the Rambam) that
it is permissible under Jewish law for Jews to visit certain specified parts
of the Temple Mount, after proper preparations have been made, and regularly organize
groups to ascend and tour the Mount. The view that Jews may ascend the Temple is highly
controversial among Orthodox rabbis, with many authorities completely
prohibiting visiting the Mount to prevent accidental entrance into and desecration of the
Holy of Holies or other sacred, off-limits areas.
The Temple Institute conducts aliyot (literally, "going up"; "making a pilgrimage") to the
Temple Mount. These aliyot are conducted in accordance with halachic requirements. They take place
during weekday mornings, as these are the only hours that Jews are presently allowed to frequent
the Mount, due to government policy which cedes administrative authority of the Temple
Mount to the Moslem Wakf.
References and footnotes
- ↑ [http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1128955356833&pagename=JPost% 2FJPArticle%2FPrinter "A House of Prayer for All Nations"] Jerusalem Post, October 11, 2005
- ↑ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DE1D6133FF93AA35757C0A96F948260 Rebuild Herod's Temple? A Few Israelis Hope] New York Times, April 9, 1989.
- ↑ http://www.templeinstitute.org/red_heifer/red_heifer_contents.htm Temple Institute: Red Heifer
- ↑ Red Heifer born in Israel Temple Institute, 8 April 2002