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Upper School Corner - Judaic Update

Wednesday, 3 February, 2016 - 5:32 pm

In Navi, we are learning the Books of Kings. One of the kings that we are currently learning about is King Shlomo. King Shlomo began his rule in the Jewish year of 2924 from creation, at the age of thirteen, and ruled for 40 years. Shlomo’s father was the famous King Dovid. Dovid wanted to build the Beis Hamikdush, the Holy Temple, but was unable due to the wars fought under his rule. Although Dovid was not allowed to build the Beis Hamikdush, his son, King Shlomo, in  was privileged to be able to build the Beis Hamikdush.

In the fourth year of his ruling, Shlomo started to build the Beis Hamikdush.  He put a lot of time and wealth into building the Beis Hamikdush. For example, Shlomo coated the stones which were used to build the Beis Hamikdush in gold!  Some of the things that were built for the Beis Hamikdush were the Kiyor- which was a washing basin, the Menorah, and the Shulchan- the showbread. After seven years of hard work, the Beis Hamikdush was finished!

The Beis Hamikdush was rectangular shaped, and contained more than one room. The entrance of the Beis Hamikdush is called the Ezras Nashim, where everyone was allowed to be. Going further into the Beis Hamikdush, there are 15 steps were the Leviim played instruments and sang songs. Passed those steps, was the Ezras Kohanim, where the Kohanim offered the sacrifices. Then was the Kodesh, the Holy,  which inside, was the menorah, the Shulchan, and the Mizbeach Hakitores- the altar for incense. At the end of the Beis Hamikdush was the Kodesh Hakodashim, the Holies of Holies, which the High Priest entered only once a year on Yom Kippur. In the Kodesh Hakodashim, was the Aron, the Luchos, and the Keruvim- the Cherubs.  

Learning about the Beis Hamikdash can be confusing and hard to imagine, as there are many little details and rooms. Our teacher, Mrs. Berkowitz, wanted us to be able to see how the Beis Hamikdush looked, so she took teaching to the next level.

Mrs. Berkowitz came into class one day holding a box, and everyone was curious what was inside. Mrs. Berkowitz told us that we would be building the Beis Hamikdush. Inside the box were various different shapes and sizes of wood. We immediately set to work, looking at diagrams, and working together, putting the Beis Hamikdush together piece by piece. Working on building the model Beis Hamikdush, gave us much respect towards the original builders, as we found that it is not easy at all to create. Seeing the finished Beis Hamikdush was amazing. We were able to see with our own eyes, in 3D, what we were learning about. Thank you Mrs. Berkowitz for giving us this amazing experience.

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