Sunday, July 31, 2016
THE NEZER HAKODESH INSTITUTE FOR KOHANIC STUDIES: The World's First School for Training Levitical Priests to Serve in the Holy Temple
The Temple Institute, established nearly thirty years ago, has now established the world's first school for training Levitical Priests to serve in the Holy Temple. Your support will help to strengthen and develop this school.
With tremendous excitement and gratitude to HaShem, we introduce to you the Temple Institute's new campaign to raise funds for the Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies. The Temple Institute's newsletter subscribers make up our most loyal and ardent supporters, year after year. We encourage you to learn about this historic project and thank you for your generous support in advance.
After millennia of yearning, only one organization is paving the way for the rebuilding of the Temple: the internationally-acclaimed Temple Institute, a research organization founded nearly thirty years ago and located in the Old City of Jerusalem. The Temple Institute is dedicated to every aspect of preparing for the renewal and ultimate construction of the Third Temple, and has succeeded in bringing about a spiritual awakening - bringing the concept of the Holy Temple back to forefront of our consciousness. The Institute has created nearly all of the sacred vessels needed to resume the Divine service in the Holy Temple, including the High Priest's breastplate featuring the twelve precious stones of the tribes of Israel, the half-ton golden menorah, and the musical instruments of the Levitical choir. It has also made huge advances in preparing the architectural plans for the building of the Temple, and many other areas of research.
But who will serve in the rebuilt Holy Temple? The Temple Institute has established the world's first school for the training and preparation of Kohanim - the Levitical Priests: Nezer Hakodesh, Hebrew for 'Crown of Holiness,' the Institute for Kohanic Studies. The Kohanim (plural for Kohen, the Temple priests) are the representatives of both the Creator and all of Israel, as well as all of humanity. The Institute's goal is to prepare these men to assume their duties and responsibilities in the Holy Temple.
We launch this campaign intentionally during the traditional three week period of mourning for the Holy Temple in order to redirect our sense of loss with renewed determination to help realize the vision of the prophets of Israel who foretold that "My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations," (Isaiah 56:7) and that "in this place I will grant peace." (Haggai 2:9)