Rebuilding the Beit HaMikdash

See the splendour of the temple as represented in a 30-year long effort in model construction…

Splendour of the Temple

Biblical history is a subject of interest to many, but few have devoted so much research, time and effort to bring the past alive.

“I’ve always loved making models, and as I was getting older I started to think about making one big project which would see me through to the end of my life. I have an interest in buildings and religion, so I thought maybe I could combine the two, and I came up with the idea of doing the Temple. I’d seen one or two examples of it in Biblical exhibitions, but I thought they were rubbish and I knew I could do better. I have been working on it for decades, but it will never be finished, as I’m always finding something new to add.”

Devoting over 33,000 hours to the construction of the 20′ x 12′ model, and despite the fact that it is already populated with over 4000 hand-made clay figures, the curator admits that it will take many thousands more before it will accurately represent the number of people that would typically have been present in the temple and surrounding area. Each clay figure is about ½” tall, dressed in correct period costume and takes about 3-1/2 hours to make.

Each tile and column in the model is also individually made from clay and baked in his oven before painting and assembly. The tiles are applied over a plywood understructure for the buildings and then the bricks and tiles applied with glue.

Rebuild the Temple Now…

Every Sunday night from 8pm there is a small Kabbalistic group dedicated to learning the intricacies of every part of the magnificent Temple.