at the Western Wall with Reb Gutman Locks on Mystical Paths
After I put tefillin on his father, I asked Benjamin what he wanted.
With a big smile he answered, “The Beis Hamikdash!” He was referring to the Third (and Final) Temple which will come after the Mashiach (Messiah) comes.
Benjamin goes to public school in America, but he also goes to “Hebrew classes” in the afternoon. His parents are not religious, but they want him to have at least this much connection to Judaism. I was surprised when he answered with the Hebrew term for the Temple.
He was really excited. He went on, “I want to see the Mashiach, and the dead come back to life!”
I sat down to be on eye level with him and said, “All these are very good things to want to see. They are going to be so, so wonderful. But there is something much more wonderful that we will see.
His eyes widened.
When the Temple comes what is going to be the best thing of all to see?”
He looked up at his father and said, “What do you call it? I forget… You know you told me about that thing that’s inside?”
I think that he was trying to remember the Aron HaKodesh (The ark that housed the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments)
I said, “There is something way better than that that we are going to see. When the Temple comes, G-d is going to show us that He is actually here! We are going to see some of Hashem’s Glory! This is what was so very special about the First Temple, and it will be even more special when the Final Temple comes. This is why we want the Mashiach to come. So we will see the most wonderful thing anyone can ever possibly see.
And this is something that we should try to see even now before the Temple comes. Every day we should look up and try to see that Hashem is really right here, right now, too.”
Even the smallest children can understand the most mystical concepts when they are presented to them at their level. To want the Temple without wanting to experience the Shechina (G-d’s revealed Presence) is like lusting for a beautiful silver cup instead of the wine.