One step closer to rebuilding the Temple: Tikvat Yisrael

I’ve always said that in the Messianic Age, we will not have one Temple with hierarchical priests and animal sacrifice, rather we will have multiple minyanim for Jews from all walks of life, followed by a dinner (vegetarian of course) in which all can join. Looks like this Friday, on the upper west side of Manhattan, a step toward my dream will be realized.

Tikvat Yisrael will be holding three different miyanim, followed by a strictly kosher dinner.

And how fitting that the event will take place at the Heschel School, the primire pluralistic Jewish day school in the USA.

5 thoughts on “One step closer to rebuilding the Temple: Tikvat Yisrael

  1. This relatively new idea of a messianic age (we didn’t always believe this radical rubbish, until radicals gained an upperhand ala Maccabi). Matter of fact, it’s wholly destructive to Zionism, placing unrealistic goals on the uneducated masses and implanting a mentality that our problems will, eventually, be solved from without — and not from within our own earthly efforts.
    Forget the messiahs and let’s get to work.
    Embrace reason.
    .rob adams

  2. As i understand it (and i don’t really), the messiah will come when either the sh!t has hit the fan, or we’ve fixed the world nice enough for Hashem to come over for tea. I’ll second your desire to get to work, rob.

  3. how is this destructive to zionism? if zionism is to work it must accept all Jews, not just those who are in the ultra-Orthodox minority. I think this is certainly a step of repair both on earth and in the heavenly realms. For Jews of all backgrounds to pray in the same building and then eat is no small feat. As our prayers will swirl among our hearts and up to heaven, I know we are one step closer to creating a much needed wholeness among all Jews.

  4. i think he means that messianism–the belief in a coming moshiach, is destructive to zionism. the metaphor of rebuilding the temple, to me, has little to do with moshiach though, and more to do with creating a sanctified world in which we can all share our prayers, together.
    was kinda having a talk about this today, actually, driving around with this girl whose boyfriend rents a room at the local chabad house. she was saying that a congregation meets in this community center across the street from the chabad house, but that most of the cornell frumies won’t go there because christians and muslims have prayer services there simultaneously. frankly, i think that’s kick ass. imagine the energy beaming out of that place during services…

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