Mikdash

A Tour of Jerusalem’s Second Temple

Why would you want to read this book?

Because you know that Jerusalem’s Temple (the “Bais Hamikdash”) played an enormous role in Jewish history and that even through the thousands of years since it’s loss, it still looms large. But you’re not sure why.

The information, ideas and unusually accurate CAD-generated images of Jerusalem’s Temple that are found in these pages can help. The relatively short time you will spend reading this small book should provide some good insight into the meaning, structure and history of the Temple. Once you’re finished, you’ll be well equipped to head out on your own. Perhaps to tackle the related sections of the Talmud called Middos and Tamid, or maybe to finally understand those difficult passages of Ezekiel (from chapter 40 on) and I Kings (ch. 8).

And you won’t be completely lost when you one day visit the third Temple either. But we’ll talk about that later.

Contents

WHY THE SECOND TEMPLE?

WHY A TEMPLE? Rabbi S.R. Hirsch: why sacrifice?

A LITTLE HISTORY

A LITTLE ARCHITECTURE: The Temple Mount

A LITTLE ARCHITECTURE: The Main Courtyard (Azarah)

A LITTLE ARCHITECTURE: The Heichal

TOUR STOPS

COMPUTER-GENERATED IMAGES OF THE TEMPLE

A physical book is available for purchase if that’s the way you’d prefer to read this.

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