FREE BEIS HAMIKDASH MODEL FOR KIDS
In preparation for the nine days leading up to Tisha BeAv, a free printable paper model of the Beis HaMikdosh, that kids can assemble, is being made available by Tzivos Hashem Traditional Crafts Workshops. (To access links, Please Press CTRL + CLICK}
While children camps are learning about the Beis Hamikdosh at summer camp during the three weeks, Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops is offering a paper model of the Beis HaMikdosh for the kids to assemble, free of charge.
The full color model is being developed in collaboration with Rabbi Yehuda Benchemhoun, author of the illustrated book, Messechet Midot, graphic designer Rabbi Mendy Browd and Rabbi Michoel Albukerk. A preview of this model is being offered online to the public so that both the young and young at heart can learn and build the Beis HaMikdosh.
There are many different Beis Hamikdosh models, all based on a variety of artistic, and sometimes halachic opinions. This detailed model however, is based only on halachic guidelines. According to Rabbi Benchemhoun the design of this model faithfully follows the Rambam’s description in Hilchos Beis HaBechirah and set to a scale of one millimeter to one cubit.
This project is part of the Tzivos Hashem Beis Hamikdosh Craft Workshop, which teaches children about Eretz Yisroel, the history of Har HaBayis and Yerushalayim, the special vessels of the Beis HaMikdosh, and the Temple incense.
The Rebbe urged Torah study in a way that leads to action, and in this way making every Jewish home into a mini-Beis Hamikdash where Hashem dwells. Since children learn best hands-on when they can see and feel what they are studying, using a model to learn about the Holy Temple leads to developing a personal connection to the actual Beis Hamikdosh.
Educators and parents everywhere are excited by this activity. “We are so thrilled by the beautiful pictures coming in from all over the world of children building their own models,” says Rabbi Michoel Albukerk of Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops. “The reason I think people are excited, is that here is something visual that kids can really grab a hold of and use to learn from even while it just sits in their living room or on their bookshelf. Educators tell us that they love the Crafts Workshops because there is always a dynamic hands-on component.”
For many junior Beis Hamikdosh builders, the model is a tool to spark interest in learning Hilchos Beis Habechira in greater depth. Some amateur architects have even come up with original innovations like cutting open the tiny gates of the model, using foam core to raise the temple courtyard and enlarging the model 150% to make a table top display model for learning classes at camp.
If you want to build your own miniature Beis Hamikdosh, get ready. The model takes a bit of time to assemble with lots of cutting and folding. Bring scissors, quick-drying glue, patience and a passion for Arts n’ Crafts. Ideally, the entire model can be completed in a few half hour sessions. Young children might need adult assistance. To get started, follow the instructions below.
In the zechus of learning about the Holy Temple, may we merit to see the third Beis HaMikdash descend from heaven in actuality with Moshiach, with the Rebbe, leading us to Yerushalayim.
For information about other projects of Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops and the Traveling Crafts of the Jewish People, visit Jewish Children.com.
- Print Assembly Instructions
Download Instruction Guide for Model Beis HaMikdosh.
- Download the Model: Click here to download zip file containing the file.
Email your name (and the name of your school) to JewishChildren18@aol.com and request a password to open the file.
(In order to maintain the exclusivity of this project, the file is password protected.)
- Print the model:
Print in COLOR on 11×17 (ledger size) CARDSTOCK, (60-85 pound paper). (Y&B, Kinko’s, Staples or any print shop).
CUT then FOLD each piece BEFORE gluing. You will need:
– Pairs of sharp scissors for detailing
– Tacky Glue or the like
– Counselors to help
- Study the Beis HaMikdosh:
– Download the floor plan of the second Beis HaMikdosh to explain the model.
Children are eligible to win a free Tzivos Hashem Handbook by sending a photo (jpg) of their finished model to JewishChildren18@aol.com for future publication.
- OPTIONAL: Download an illustrated Study Booklet to learn the Mishnayos about the Beis Hamikdash.
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Any sale of this model in any format is unauthorized. Plagiarizing this model is against Halacho and constitutes a violation of copyright. The purpose of this free offer is to benefit the public, gather feedback and field test our product before publication. If you know of anyone offering this model for sale, whether printed, die cut, pre-cut or in electronic media, please contact JewishChildren18@aol.com.
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About the Author: Michael Albukerk is the Managing Director of Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops.The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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