Beis Hamikdash Topics
A collection of information, sources, and ideas about the design and use of the Second Temple
Thursday, May 18, 2023
TOST Back in Stock
Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Animals on Erev Pesach
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
House of Shadow and Light
To mark my father's yahrtzeit on 29 Shevat I delivered a new slideshow titled House of Shadow and Light. This shiur explores the relationship between the path of the sun and the structure of the Beis Hamikdash. The slideshow covers some topics from earlier blog posts, some ideas discussed in my book, as well as some brand new material.
The video now has closed captions thanks to the efforts of Martha Goodman and the Disability and Inclusion Services, Macks Center for Jewish Connections in Baltimore, MD.
Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Happy Isru Chag Succos 5783!
At the end of another Succos in the Beis Hamikdash the Kohanim and Leviim started cleaning up after yom tov. They had more than just their succos to take down — there was also a large project waiting for them in the Women's Courtyard.
Monday, August 1, 2022
Model Ma'arachah on Display
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Behind the Scenes: Beis Hamoked Basement
Friday, April 15, 2022
חג כשר ושמח תשפ״ב
Thursday, April 14, 2022
Plumbing [in] the Depths of the Temple 2.0
The following is an updated version of this post that was newly prepared for print in the Beis Medrash of Ranchleigh Pesach Kuntress 5782:
The procedure of the Korban Pesach was identical whether performed on a weekday or on Shabbos, except that [on Shabbos] the Kohanim would rinse the floor of the Azarah against the will of the Sages (Mishnah, Pesachim 64a).
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Parah Adumah Podcast for Pesach
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Second Beis Hamikdash App Preview
With the accessibility of 3D drawing and rendering tools nowadays, combined with fast hardware and free gaming engines, it has never been easier to create an immersive experience that really brings places and buildings to life. I imported the 3D models of the Beis Hamikdash that I used to create the illustrations for my book into the Unity game engine and have been tinkering with turning it into a full-fledged app that will, at the very least, allow people to walk around and explore the Mikdash at their own speed and interest.
The world of apps lets you do, basically, anything you can imagine. This Second Temple app could be leveraged as a Kohen training course, part of a school curriculum, or just plain old edutainment. Since I don't have a full team of artists and programmers working for me just yet, the progress has been slow. Below you can check out a small preview of what I've put together so far. If the idea catches the interest of the right people, it could speed up development and make this app a reality.
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Moadim Le'simchah: Birkas Kohanim
Monday, August 30, 2021
Moving a Door in the Beis Hamoked
Thursday, August 26, 2021
Making of: Aravos on the Mizbeyach
Monday, August 23, 2021
Daf Yomi: Aravos on the Mizbeyach (Succah 45a)
Inspired by a recent passage in Daf Yomi, I took out my Lego® Mizbeyach and a handful of white-clad minifigures for an impromptu photo shoot.
Monday, August 16, 2021
So Close Yet So Far Away (Part 2 of 2)
The answer emerges from a curious ambiguity in the laws governing the sanctity of the Beis HaMikdash. The Mishnah (Keilim 1:8-9) teaches that the various parts of the Beis HaMikdash possessed increasingly higher levels of sanctity as one progressed inward toward the Kodesh HaKodashim. We learn, for example, that the Har HaBayis — the large, outer portion of the Beis HaMikdash complex that measured 500×500 amos (Middos 2:1) — was restricted to certain types of tahor people, whereas the Main Azarah — an area measuring 135×187 amos (Middos 5:1) — had an even higher level of sanctity. Although these areas are clearly defined physically in Tractate Middos and spiritually in Tractate Keilim, we are not told the dimensions or status of the thickness of the walls dividing these areas. Thus, as a person walks from the Har HaBayis into the Azarah through one of its gates, at what point is he considered to be “in” the Azarah — when he crosses the threshold of the gateway at the outer edge of the wall or when he enters the Azarah proper?