Going Deeper

At the center of Tisha B’Av holiday is the Temple. Learn more about this fascinating topic by reading a brief bulletin about the Temple or watching one of Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein’s video teachings about the holiest site in Judaism.

The Temple

At the center of Tisha B'Av is the Temple. This was more than just a place of worship for the Jewish people – it was the very center of their lives, their faith, and their relationship with God. Learn more about the Temple in this bulletin.

Journey to Zion, Season I, The Biblical Temples

"The First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, which were destroyed by invading armies during biblical times, were the holiest places in all Judaism. Watch as Rabbi Eckstein discusses the history of these sacred places, where God's presence is said to be uniquely felt, as well as the Third Temple which Jews believe will be built after the coming of the Messiah."

Journey to Zion, Season II, Sacrifices

Watch as Rabbi Eckstein teaches about the practice of sacrifices from the time of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and explores how the principles behind these ancient rituals are still relevant today. Visit the Western Wall—the holiest site to the Jewish faith and the only remaining portion of the Temple still standing today.

Returning to Zion, Traditions and Teachings, The Second Temple

By using computer models, experts can simulate what Jerusalem looked like during the era of the Second Temple. Experience the joy and feeling of holiness the people living 20 centuries ago must have felt as they came to the Temple to worship as you watch this brief video.

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