The Aish HaTorah Yeshiva, which is based in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, presented Wednesday a model of the Second Temple and placed it on the yeshiva's rooftop, overlooking the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.
The model will remain there on permanent display.
Aish HaTorah's new headquarters will serve as a visitors center and showcase exhibitions dedicated to the way in which Judaism has changed the world and continues to affect humankind today. The center will be open to visitors of all nationalities and faiths.
Huge model being hoisted to the yeshiva's roof (Photo courtesy of Aish HaTorah Yeshiva)
According to the yeshiva heads, the project aims to underline the inseparable connection between Judaism and Jerusalem's holy sites.
Aish HaTorah head Ephraim Shore explained that there is a lot of ignorance regarding the importance of the Jewish link to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
"This fact clears the way for those seeking to undo this obvious bond. The launching of the Second Temple model is the beginning of a project we hope will assist Jews reconnect with their heritage and enhance among those who are not Jewish the awareness to our rich and magnificent history in these holy places," he said.
The model is the largest ever to be built with such level of precision and attention to details. It is 10x4.5 feet in size and is built on a 1:60 scale.