This week, millions of Jews will celebrate Channukah but few will realize the centrality of the Holy Temple in the ancient story. The Hebrew word Channukah means dedication and is a reference to the Hasmonean re-dedication of the Holy Temple in 168B CE. That is why the Temple Institute has released a new thought-provoking video series to bust age-old myths about the Temple and its relevance in our time.
The introductory video deals with questions like: Who needs the Holy Temple anyway? Haven’t we evolved? Don’t we have to wait for the messiah to build it? What about the Mosque? Didn’t the rabbis say it was all symbolic?