A collection of information, sources, and ideas about the design and use of the Second Temple
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
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?
Thursday, August 12, 2021
So Close Yet So Far Away (Part 1 of 2)
Mordy was late. There had been that last-minute dithering over whether to purchase a goat or a lamb for his Korban Pesach, and then a crowd of foreign tourists created a massive backup at the Chuldah Tunnel. Only by detouring to the Kiponos Gate in the west did Mordy stand of chance of joining the third and final shift of people entering the Azarah to offer their korban.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Beis Hamikdash Experience is now online
By popular demand from my mother and others of the general public, the virtual Beis Hamikdash presentation that I helped create for the Daf Yomi siyum of Maseches Yoma is now on my Vimeo page.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Siyum on Yoma by Ki Heim Chayeinu
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Beis Hamikdash Models as seen on Inside Artscroll
Friday, June 4, 2021
Inside Artscroll Interview
Artscroll's new edition of Avodas HaKorbanos takes the reader through a day in the life of the Beis Hamikdash with an elucidated text, explanatory notes, and diagrams. I contributed to this volume by helping out with the diagrams. For that, I was invited to be interviewed on Inside Artscroll, their video podcast series where, as they like to say, "The books you read and the people who write them come to life!" I had a chance to talk about this book, how I got started with Artscroll, and about my personal work on the Beis Hamikdash.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
The Ship Has Arrived!
In early March, after some brief delays, the ship carrying The Original Second Temple arrived off the coast of New York.
|TOST shipping container location on March 8, 2021|
Saturday, January 30, 2021
TOST is about to be served!
The Original Second Temple is being printed and distributed by Feldheim. The printing has just been completed in Israel and the book is due to arrive in America in late February 2021. Please visit the updated Book tab for more information and for special offers on the abridged Digital Edition available now!