Another step on the long road towards the restoration of Temple Worship in Jerusalem was reportedly taken Monday with the opening of a new workshop in which robes will be manufactured for practicing priests.
According to a report in The Jerusalem Post Wednesday, a number of Kohanim, (Jews in the Cohen family line who trace their ancestry back to Aaron, the first High Priest) have already had measurements taken for the biblically-described vestments.
One of them is the well-known chief rabbi of Efrat Shlomo Riskin.
For the new garments, special flaxen thread is being imported from India, and worms from which just the right color crimson dye is obtained are being brought in from Istanbul, according to the report.
The new workshop was inaugurated by the Temple Institute which is situated in Jerusalem’s old City, just a stone’s throw from the Temple Mount – the site of the first and second temples and the place where, according to the Bible, the Third Temple will be built to welcome the Messiah.
Over the years the institute has worked to create – in strict accordance with the biblical pattern – many of the implements required for Temple worship, including the golden seven-branched Menorah, the Table for the Show Bread, and the Breast-Plate, Crown and Robe for the High Priest.
Fully one-third of all the commandments handed down to the Jews through Moses cannot be kept without a functioning Temple, said the Post.
Many Jews (and a growing number of Christians) believe that just as God is keeping His millennia-old promise to reconstitute the scattered people of Israel in their ancient homeland, He will follow through on His pledge to restore the Temple they have been without since Rome razed it to the ground nearly 2000 years ago.
This divine design will not be thwarted despite the fact that Islamic control extends over the Temple Mount to this day, and while Muslims the world over threaten violence and mayhem if the Jews try to build on the site.