Using Technology in the Third Beit Hamikdash
The Temple Institute, engaged in education, research, and development towards the Holy Temple in accordance with Biblical law, recently held its 29th annual Temple Institute Passover Symposium, under the banner of "Integrating Modern Technology into the Holy Temple." Issues discussed included questions such as, “Will massive digital screens allow worshippers to observe the work of the High Priest from a great distance? Will computers be used to keep track of the sacrifices, public and private? Will special impurity-proof buses be used to transport Passover pilgrims and their Paschal offerings?”
Here's a link to the article on the Temple Institute's site.
These are interesting questions indeed. However, would the use of such technology minimize the miraculous nature of the third Beit Hamikdash? Would the use of such technology minimize the serenity and holiness of the third Beit Hamikdash?
For the first question, I'll provide 2 reasons why it does not:
1)The very use of such technology is miraculous in and of itself if you compare it to years past.
2)We can say that we do what we need to do - let Hashem do what He needs to do. Other - even greater - miracles will occur. Technology wouldn't be to minimize the miracles - it would be used to help Kohanim keep track of Korbanot, which is something we need nowadays in our lower state that we did not need 2000 years ago. If Hashem provides a miracle that makes the use of computers obsolete, I'm all for that!
Regarding the second question - would technology minimize the serenity and holiness of the Beit Hamikdash - this is a matter of taste.
We use technology in our Mikdeshei Me'at nowadays - we have atomic alarm clocks to tell us when HaNeitz HaHama is, we have electronic signs telling you when to say Mashiv Haru'ah, etc. Some may argue that when we have our real Beit Hamikdash, it should be no different. After all, we're not Amish.
Others, however, may contend that the Beit Hamikdash should be a place free of anything worldly. Shoes cannot even be worn - how can we display computers and video screens? It will make the place look like a cross between a slaughter-house and a business office - not the holiest place in the world.
It will be interesting what will be decided. May it be rebuilt soon - במהרה בימינו אמן.