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Wednesday, July 29, 2009


The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has announced plans to begin construction of the sacrificial altar for the Temple. All of the stones for the altar have been gathered from the Dead Sea. Construction is due to get started tomorrow--Tisha B'av, a day when Jews lament the destruction of the Temple in the year 70.

The Temple Institue has already prepared numerous vessels to be used when the new Temple is constructed. These vessels include the seven-branch menorah are on display in Jerusalem.

"Unfortunately we cannot currently build the altar at its proper place, on the Temple Mount," said Yehudah Glick, the Institute's director. "We are building an altar of the minimum possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt."

According to the Temple Institute, the stones will be cemented together with a mixture of sand, clay, tar, and asphalt. "The Torah says that no iron tools should be used on the altar's stones," said Glick.

Glick said that Tisha B'av, a day associated with mourning, is really the ideal time to begin to build the Temple. "People mistakenly think Tisha B'av is only a day to cry," he explained. "It is also a day of action. We have the ability in our era to begin the construction of the Temple."

The Temple Institute is searching for donations to help build the altar, which is expected to cost approximately $26,000. More information is available at Information from Arutz Sheva,

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