The Temple Institute (in Hebrew, Machon HaMikdash),
founded in 1987, is a non-profit educational and religious organization
located in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. We are
dedicated to every aspect of the
Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple
of G-d on Mount
Moriah in Jerusalem. Our short-term goal is to
rekindle the flame of the Holy Temple in the hearts of mankind. Our
long-term goal is to do as much as possible to bring about the building
of the Holy Temple in our time. Thus, the Institute’s efforts include
raising public awareness about the Holy Temple, and the central role
that it occupies in the spiritual life of mankind. The many areas of
activities conducted by the Institute combine research, publications,
and conferences, as well as the production of educational materials.
The major focus of the Institute is its efforts towards the beginning
actual rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Towards
this end, the Institute has begun to restore and construct the
sacred vessels for the service of the Holy
Temple. These vessels, which G-d commanded Israel to create, can be seen
today at our headquarters
in Jerusalem. They are made according to the
exact specifications of the Bible, and have been constructed from the
original source materials, such as gold, copper, silver and wood. These
are authentic, accurate vessels, not merely replicas or models. All of
these items are fit and ready for use in the service of the Holy Temple.
Among the many items featured in the exhibition are musical instruments
played by the Levitical choir, the golden
crown of the High Priest, and gold and silver
vessels used in the incense and sacrificial services. After many years
of effort and toil, the Institute has just recently completed the three
most important and central vessels of the Divine service: the
seven-branched candelabra, or Menorah,
made of pure gold; the golden Incense
Altar, and the golden Table
of the Showbread.
Our staff includes rabbis and scholars,
teachers, scientists, and
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel (left), Western Wall 1967
Yisrael Ariel (left), the Institute’s founder,
serves as its head.
Rabbi Menachem Makover is the Director General.
Rabbi Chaim Richman directs all English-language and international
The scholars and scientists of our Research Institute teach about
Temple-related subjects, including the services and structure of the
- Academy of Temple Studies
The Temple Institute’s traveling educational bureau. The Academy
lectures to audiences of all ages and backgrounds in Israel and abroad.
Using numerous creative methods, the Academy’s presentations portray
life in Temple times.
- Exhibition of Temple Vessels
The restored Temple vessels, pending service in the rebuilt Holy
Temple, may be viewed by the public at our headquarters in Jerusalem.
Since 1989, over 100,000 visitors from all over the world have visited
the Institute each year. Through the renewal of these sacred vessels,
some of the light of the Holy Temple has begun to return. See contact
information (below) for tour details, scheduling and
Specializing in publications, visual aids and educational materials
that bring the world of the Holy Temple to life.
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- Yeshivat Dvir High School for the Judaic Arts
Educating a new generation of artists, musicians and traditional
Jewish artisans in the Temple spirit.
A seminary for advanced study and training in all subjects relating
to the Holy Temple.
The Bible teaches us that the Holy Temple was the center of mankind’s
spiritual relationship with G-d. The prophets of Israel all foresaw that
the day will come when the Holy Temple will be rebuilt, and will once
again be the spiritual focus of the entire world. As Isaiah states,
"For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all
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Exhibition Halls:19 Misgav Ladach Street
36 Misgav Ladach Street
Jewish Quarter, Old City
Jerusalem 97500 Israel
The Temple Institute
PO Box 31876
US Fax: 253-498-5859
How to Reach Us
Directions to the Temple Institute
From the Western Wall (buses #1 & #2)
From the Western Wall plaza, walk up the stairs leading to the Jewish
Quarter. (When you walk away from the Wall, the stairs are located
diagonally to the left). The first street you will come to at the top of
the stairs is Misgav Ladach Street. Turn right (past the cafe) and look
for our sign, "Treasures of the Temple." (Note: if you take
the stairs that are located directly in back of the Wall, next to the
police station, then you will be making a left at the top of the
From the Jewish Quarter Parking Lot (bus #38)
Walk through the parking lot, passing the Sephardic Center on your
right. Walk to the central square of the Jewish Quarter. Cross the
square diagonally, passing the bank on your left. Continue walking down
Tiferet Yisrael Street, passing the Bagel Shop on your right. At the
cafe on the corner (at the end of the street), turn left. This is Misgav
Ladach Street…look for the sign, "Treasures of the Temple."
The exhibition halls of the Temple Institute feature:
- the vessels and instruments that have thus far been constructed
for use in the rebuilt Holy Temple
- a 25-minute audio-visual presentation
- scale models of the Second Temple, the outer altar and the Ark
of the Covenant
- original oil paintings portraying daily life in the Holy Temple
- "Hebrew Artists House" gift shop, specializing in
publications, films, and educational materials about the Holy
Visiting Hours and Tours
The Institute’s exhibition halls are open to the public
Sunday-Thursday from 9:00 AM till 5:00 PM, and Fridays from 9:00 AM –
Guided tours are available for groups. Whenever possible,
reservations should be made in advance. For more information about tours
or to place a reservation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
An Invitation to Actively Participate in Rebuilding
The House of Prayer for All Nations
To all Friends of Israel!
The time to make a clear statement on behalf of the G-d of Israel and the
Holy Temple is at hand!
On behalf of the Temple Institute, we turn to you from Jerusalem, the place
G-d has chosen, with a request that you be numbered among the supporters of our
holy work, and thus ensure that the vision of the Holy Temple, the center of
mankind’s relationship with G-d, can become a reality in our time. The
prophets of Israel all foresaw that the day will come when the Holy Temple will
be rebuilt, and will once again be the spiritual focus of the entire world. As
Isaiah states, "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all
As you are well aware, these are days of trouble for Israel—days of severe
tests, many of which relate directly to the place of our Holy Temple. The Moslem
Wakf, no longer satisfied with merely destroying remnants from the Holy Temple,
have embarked upon the next stage of their campaign. Having seen that none arose
to stop them, they are now planning on constructing another mosque on the site
of the Holy Temple, in order to permanently change the status of the Mountain…and
the status of Jerusalem. Once again, we are witnessing the destruction of
the Holy Temple.
Do you realize that Jerusalem was never the capital of any people in the
world, other than the Jewish people? And never an Arab capital? The same word
"Jerusalem" which appears in the Bible over 700 times, does not appear
in the Koran even once. And yet today, the Higher Islamic Commission of
Jerusalem declared that "there will be no peace or stability in the region
or the world without the return of occupied Jerusalem as an Arab and Islamic
capital of the sacred Palestinian state." Their declaration stated that
Christian occupation of Christian holy places in Jerusalem must end as well.
Arafat will not relinquish control over the Temple Mount; furthermore, the Mufti
of Jerusalem, Sheikh Sabri, who denies that the Holy Temple ever existed, added
"we will not allow the false claims by the Jews to pass."
At the Temple Institute, we respond to this challenge with mammoth efforts to
stem the tide of desecration. With thanks to G-d, the Institute continues to
make great strides forward in Temple development, research, awareness, and
physical preparation. In this past year, the Temple Institute has reached an
important milestone: We have completed the three most central vessels for Temple
service. The golden Menorah, the Incense Altar, and the Table of the Showbread
have been completed in all their glory and magnificence, and these vessels are
now ready to take their place in the soon-to-be-rebuilt Holy Temple. For the
first time since the Holy Temple was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, the
people of Israel are within reach of Temple service.
But even now, the mindless, mad rush towards "peace" – which
would come at the cost of Israel’s destruction – continues. The very
survival of the Jewish people is at stake, as our morally bereft leadership
continues along a path of self-destruction, and promises our precious homeland
to the avowed enemy of the Jewish people in exchange for empty promises of a
false "peace"…even as the Palestinians are preparing for war and
In these days especially, it is fitting to arouse our hearts and hopes
towards the desire for our Holy Temple. Here at the Temple Institute, every
contribution helps advance our ability to raise up the Holy Temple from
destruction to renewal. Your financial support is greatly appreciated and is
needed more than ever. Each contribution brings us one step closer to the
rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
If you feel that you are called of G-d, your part in the rebuilding of the
Holy Temple is indeed very important. Your dedication can earn you a share in
everything that we are able to accomplish towards the rebuilding of the Holy
Temple—may it be soon, with G-d’s help.
While darkness seems to reign on the one hand, on the other
hand, the Holy Temple gradually is being rebuilt, and activism on its behalf
continues to grow. We are certain that the day when the redemption will be
complete and when G-d’s House will be reestablished in Jerusalem, is not far
These are the days of the struggle for Jerusalem, the days that the prophets
saw coming, when Jerusalem would become the "troublesome stone" and
the "cup of trembling." We invite you to make your voice heard, and
help to defeat Israel’s enemies…the same enemies who deny that the G-d of
Israel chose Jerusalem, and swore to return His Presence to the holy city.
Come and take a stand for the side of right—take a stand for Jerusalem!
Our mailing address for donations and correspondence:
The Temple Institute
PO BOX 31876
Jerusalem 97500 Israel
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Rabbi Richman's US Lecture Schedule.
Updated as available.