Monday, November 30, 2009


This Nissan is the Geulah per the Vilna Gaon?

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

A number of us (like minded Jewish bloggers) were surprised today by an article in (the rabidly secular Israeli newspaper) Haaretz declaring,

"If the 18th-century rabbinic authority the Vilna Gaon was right, on March 16, 2010, construction will begin on the third Temple. His projection states that the auspicious day will coincide with the third completion of the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem's Jewish Quarter.

The great day is at hand: On March 15, the reconstructed Hurva Synagogue, considered the most important house of prayer in Jerusalem will be rededicated. It was last destroyed in the War of Independence...

The Hurva, whose name means "ruin," was initially built by disciples of Rabbi Judah Hahasid in the early 18th century. It was destroyed shortly thereafter by Muslims demanding the return of loans given to build the synagogue. After it was rebuilt in the mid-19th century, it became the most important synagogue in the country, but it was blown up in 1948 by the Jordan Legion a few days before the fall of the Jewish Quarter in the War of Independence.

In 2001, after years of debate, the government decided to restore the building.

We've heard a bit of such rumors in the past, but don't know the source on which the Haaretz article is based. It's not Kol HaToar. We'll check around a bit, if anyone has any suggestions on the source, let us know.

(Others writing about it, Life in Israel and Israel Matzav.)


Anonymous said...

Just hqve look there (hebrew):

crazy smade said...

I have some questions for Rabbi Akiva:

What part of the 3rd Temple will be rebuilt by HaShem Himself?

Is the 3rd Temple to be rebuilt prior to correcting the sins that caused the destruction of the previous ones?

Will rebuilding the Temple really help people to build their Inner Temple?

I guess what I'm asking is - Why put the cart before the horse, if you will? I mean no disrespect by this analogy.

Is having a 3rd Temple likely to bring the apikorsim and the chilonim and the Jewish converts to Islam and Xianity back to Judaism or will it move them to further distance themselves from Judaism?

See further, "The Inner Temple" by Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett and also, R' Boruch of Mezhibozh on Psalm 132:4-5, as explained in Rabbi Dr. Abraham J. Twerski's book, "Rebbes and Chassidim: What They Said - What They Meant," pp. 169-170.

yitz.. said...

umm .. why no comment that the haaretz article's statement that:

"On March 15, the reconstructed Hurva Synagogue, considered the most important house of prayer in Jerusalem will be rededicated."

is a little off --- most important house of prayer in Jerusalem would have to be the Beit HaMikdash. no?

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