Monday, July 08, 2013

Kotel and Beyond

WoW was put in its place after women who actually care about proper prayer crowded the Kotel before their arrival.

Speaking about the Kotel, see some interesting historical tidbits about the Kotel from Rav Pinto's newsletter (page 4).

The Temple Institute has this nice video below, following their Shita that the Beit Hamikdash will be built by human hands (h/t Tomer Devorah).  See last year's video here.


At Tue Jul 09, 11:30:00 AM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Of course it will be built by human hands. We have five parshiyot in Shemot talking about how to do it in every single detail. It should take about 6 to 7 years to build between 5776 and 5782. Tisha b'Av falls out on Shabbat in 5775, 5776, 5778, 5779, and 5782. 5782 is exactly 1335 years after the erection of the Golden Dome (the Abomination that makes desolate) over either the Holy of Holies or the mizbeach.

At Tue Jul 09, 11:45:00 AM 2013, Blogger yaak said...

Not so "of course". We have one pasuk in Shemot that says that Hashem will build it. The Parshiyot in Shemot dealt with the Mishkan, whose details differed greatly from that of the third Beit Hamikdash, explained in the last few chapters of Yehezkel.

It's a Mahloket Rishonim and Aharonim. I don't take sides as I'm not worthy or knowledgable enough to do so.

At Tue Jul 09, 02:26:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

If it is a machloket Rishonim, then we can assume that Eliyahu HaNavi will know the answer? Because when the time comes to build it, we will need to know whether we are to sit around and wait for it to come down or to get to work building it.

I think that part of the secret about this is to answer if the River Pishon is the Nile, or is it another river such as the Mississippi River which is Pishon backwards. Rav Matisyahu Glazierson wrote a book claiming that in the generation of Peleg, the world split in two. Most of the world remained with Peleg in Eurasia while the Bnei Yoktan, his brother, went to the Yoktan (Yucatan) Peninsula. One of Yoktan's sons is Havilah. Havilah may have been instrumental in establishing the River Pishon (Mississippi Civilization) since the River Pishon flows through the Land of Havilah. The information of the mineral wealth of the River Pishon, if this is the case, is only necessary to know from the Torah if the gold and the Onyx stones will be used to build the 3rd Temple. Otherwise that information would be extraneous knowledge and would not have been mentioned in the Torah. Rishonim may not have been appraised of the Great River in the New World in either North or South America. We have the hindsight to know this information.

At Tue Jul 09, 02:32:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

I meant to say that linguistically, Mississippi is PiShoN spelled backwards where Ms and Ns are etymologically interchangeable. Since the name Pishon is mentioned nowhere else in the entire Tanakh, this is highly plausible. In Tanakh the Nile is always called the Ye'or.

At Tue Jul 09, 02:40:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

The world's largest supply of onyx is in the caves in Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas whose underground streams flow into the Mississippi. Some of the world's purest Quartz lime (bedolach) used for holding whole stones together to make a mizbeach is found along the banks of the Mississippi River. The only thing missing so far is the fine gold. There is no gold in the Ozarks, but the river basin for the Mississippi River is from the Alleghenies until the Rockies. Someone needs to go looking for that gold. It is likely the gold that will be used to build the 3rd Temple.

At Tue Jul 09, 02:47:00 PM 2013, Blogger Dov Bar-Leib said...

Ah, had a brainstorm. Fort Knox is along the Ohio River in Kentucky which of course empties into the River Pishon. That might qualify.


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