Today, the 10th of the Hebrew month Tevet, Israel Remembers the Holy Temple and the Holocaust.
Friday is the tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, a fast day on which Jews remember the siege of Jerusalem that preceded the destruction of the First Temple and the Babylonian exile. The siege is described in the Bible in the Book of Kings.
It is always sad to remember the destruction of such a beautiful building. Read more here.
The design of this beautiful model of Solomon’s Temple is based on the description in the Book of Kings. The Temple had a high Porch, supported by two bronze pillars, called Yachin and Boaz. The inner sanctuary was divided into two rooms, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies (Most Holy Place), where the Ark of the Covenant stood. A three-storey high structure surrounded the sanctuary. In front of the Temple stood the Altar, the bronze Basin (Sea) and ten smaller basins.
This Temple was frequently damaged and rebuilt during its long history and it was the Temple described in the Book of Chronicles, that was destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC.
The sadness of its destruction is expressed in the Book of Lamentations 2.1:
How the Lord in his anger
has set the daughter of Zion junder a cloud!
He has cast down from heaven to earth
the splendor of Israel;
he has not remembered his footstool
in the day of his anger. (ESV)