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6-20-2014 Red Heifer Born:

In January of 2014 a Red Heifer was born in the United States. At the present time (June 2014) it has been inspected and deemed to qualify as an acceptable red heifer for a temple animal sacrifice. The animal is being raised in a manner that is torah observant and therefore will not be disqualified due to its environment. In the past there have been a few other red heifers that have been born but eventually became disqualified for one reason or another such as a few hairs of a different color on the animal besides red. There is a tradition that a Red Heifer will usher in the Messianic age.

For more on this story and to see this Red Heifer Go Here.

Source: The Temple Institute 6-20-2014 Email

Read more about The Red Heifer In End Times.

11-27-2013 Largest Menorah in World To Be Lit in Tel Aviv:

largest_menorahThe largest menorah (candellabrum) in the world will be lit in Tel Aviv on the eighth and final night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday commemorating the Maccabean revolt which ended the Greek Empire's occupation of Israel over 2,000 years ago. Israel Electric Company (IEC) created the menorah, which will be presented on December 4 at a formal lighting ceremony at the Reading Power Station in Tel Aviv.

The menorah, which has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records, measures in at 28 meters (92 feet) high. The branches of the menorah will shine 9 white light beams until midnight to a height of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) where they will be visible from the surrounding region.

Source: Arutz Sheva News Daily Email 11-27-2013 by Ari Yashar

8-20-2013 New School Opens To Teach Priests Proper Way to Conduct Temple Sacrifices:

One Step Closer to the Holy Temple: On the evening of Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, the 14th day of Elul, 5773, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with Mishmeret Kehunah (the Organization for the Renewal of the Priestly Shifts) and other Temple organizations inaugurated a new school dedicated to teaching Kohanim the 'lost' art of performing the daily Tamid service in the Holy Temple. That evening, for the first time since the destruction of the Holy Temple, a historic practice drill of the daily Tamid offering was reenacted by a group of contemporary kohanim-in-training.

Source: The Temple Institute 8-30-2013 Email. For more on this event please visit

5-29-2013 The World’s Oldest Complete Torah Scroll Found.

The world's oldest complete Torah scroll has been found in a university archive in Bologna, according to an Italian professor who said the text could be from the 12th century.

The precious parchment scroll had been classified by the university library as being from the 17th century and was named simply "Scroll Number Two".

However, Hebrew Studies professor Mauro Perani told the AFP news agency on Wednesday he noticed that the text did not conform to key changes in Torah writing brought about in the 12th century.

"I immediately thought it was much older," he said, adding that it contained letters and signs that were banned by Jewish scholar and philosopher Moses Maimonides in the 12th century.

The Torah was among around 30 Jewish manuscripts in the university library that Perani began to catalogue in February of this year.

"The scroll is very rare because when manuscripts spoil they lose their holiness and can no longer be used. They are then buried," he said, referring to the halakhah that forbids erasing G-d's name, leading to the burial or storage ("genizah", in Hebrew) of holy documents.

"The state of conservation is excellent," he added.

Tens of thousands of Torah scrolls were also destroyed by Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy or re-used to bind books, he said.

The oldest previously known scroll dates from the late 13th century, although a biblical codex -- which has a book form instead of being rolled up-- exists in Saint Petersburg that dates from 1008.

Carbon dating in Italy and the United States confirmed his findings, placing the manuscript between the late 12th and early 13th centuries.

The intact scroll is 36 meters (118 feet) long and 64 centimeters wide and the report said it had been mislabeled by an archivist in 1889.

"He said the text looked awkward and contained uncommon annotations. He was completely wrong, it is a splendid manuscript," Perani said, according to AFP.

The city of Bologna has long had a large Jewish community and the university first began teaching Hebrew Studies in the 15th century.

Source: (Israel National News)

2-4-2011 Blueprints And Computer Animation Released For San Hedrin:

On February 4th 2011 The Temple Institute released for public viewing a link to a video on you tube. The video contains a glimpse of blueprints along with a computer animation of what the Sanhedrin Chamber of Hewn Stone would look like.

The video clip can be seen by pasting the link below in your web browser.

Source: The Temple Institute:

4-21-2010 Half Shekel Coin Can Now Bee Seen:

For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE a half-shekel coin from the year 66 CE was discovered on the site of the Holy Temple Mount. Such coins were previously discovered in other locations in Israel. However, the unique significance of this half-shekel coin is that it is the first time that a half-shekel was discovered from the exact locality of the Temple Mount.

This coin was discovered several months ago while sifting through ground unearthed at the temple mount. Image of the coin may be seen at

Source: The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement.

7-30-2009 Construction Started On The Temple Altar:

During Thursday’s (July 30-2009) ceremony, which took place in Mitzpe Yericho just east of Jerusalem, the Temple Institute laid the cornerstone for the altar and demonstrated how tar will be used to cement the stones together. The Institute plans on bringing the altar to its proper place on the Temple Mount when the Temple is rebuilt.

Source: Israel National News

7-6-2009 Temple Quarry Found:

JERUSALEM – Israeli archaeologists have uncovered an ancient quarry where they believe King Herod extracted stones for the construction of the Jewish Temple 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Monday. The archaeologists believe the 1,000-square-foot (100-square-meter) quarry was part of a much larger network of quarries used by Herod in the city.

The biggest stones extracted from the quarry would have measured three yards (meters) long, two yards (meters) across, and two yards (meters) high."The dimensions of the stones that were produced in the quarry that was revealed are suitable for the Temple walls," said Ofer Sion, the dig's director.

"Finding a large quarry related to the largest building project ever undertaken in Jerusalem ... that's more than just another discovery," said archaeologist Aren Maeir of Bar-Ilan University.

Source: By Jen Thomas, Associated Press Writer - 07-06-2009.

6-8-2009 Reform Movement Ordains First Black Female Rabbi:

The Reform movement in the United States ordained the first African-American female rabbi on Saturday in Cincinnati. Alysa Stanton, 45 is also a trained psychotherapist. Stanton was one of 14 rabbis ordained by the Hebrew Union College in the weekend ceremony. She will become the rabbi of Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, South Carolina.

7-8-2008 Future Temple Jewish Priests Get Fitted For Holy Garments:

As the Jewish People continue their national return to their ancestral homeland, tailors at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem’s Old City began taking measurements of Kohanim (the priestly tribe designated to run the Temple services) earlier this month in anticipation of an even bigger event -- the dedication of the Third Temple.

Yehuda Glick, director of the Temple Institute, presided over the first-ever fitting of Kohanim for their priestly garments. “Today, in this room, Kohanim are being measured for the first time in 2,000 years for the type of garments they will be wearing in the rebuilt Temple," announced Glick to an audience of rabbis, reporters and cameramen on hand to witness the historic event. 

The garments of the Kohanim are described in great detail in the Torah. While scale models of the future Temple can be seen in shop windows and the clothes of the Priesthood can be seen hanging on mannequins, the event marked the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple that real-life Kohanim have been measured for the clothing of their holy work in the Temple.

Source: Arutz Sheva ( by Ze'ev Ben-Yechiel.



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