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Israeli institute prepares priests for Jerusalem's third temple

The movement to rebuild the third temple expands, with a first ever course to prepare the priests for the offering rituals, and with prefabricated models for the third temple's modernized artifacts.
Israeli police escort Rabbi Yisrael Ariel (C) from the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City October 10, 2013. An Israeli police spokesman said on Thursday three Jewish visitors, including Ariel, were detained after they failed to obey police guidelines at the compound. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTX145XT
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On April 10, at 5 p.m., hundreds of Jews will gather at the Maimonides rabbinical institution plaza in the Kiryat Moshe neighborhood in Jerusalem and start learning the Jewish laws of Passover. Rabbis and experts, including Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the head of the Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, the leading body preparing for the establishment of the third temple, will teach the audience the laws of the Passover sacrifice. Alongside Ariel, the ritual slaughterer (shohet) Rabbi Yehudah Giatt will teach the audience about the unique elements of the slaughter of the Passover sacrifice. After the lessons, the real thing will start: the simulation of the Passover sacrifice.

The timing of the gathering isn’t coincidental: This was the date on which the people of Israel were commanded to take a lamb and sacrifice it, before the exodus from Egypt. The ceremony on Thursday will be, in Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lingo, “practice with live fire.” Slaughtering lambs, sprinkling their blood on the altar by priests dressed in kosher priestly garments and roasting the lambs, with their heads, legs and innards. Just as God intended.

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