In Chapter 1 of End Of The Jews, I wrote about the Temple Institute and their drive to rebuild the Temple of Solomon on Mount Moriah. As part of their state of constant vigilance, Institute artisans have prepared all the vestments, implements and ritual objects so when the time comes, members of the organization will be ready to assume all the duties, responsibilities and functions of that institution – including animal sacrifice. Though calling back to a Judaism that predates the common era, the folks at the Temple Institute also employ 21st century tools, namely the internet and the power of social media.
In other words, even the Temple Institute folks are NEXT JEWS!
And like many a thoughtful Next Jew in need of financial support for their project (see also Jewcer), the folks over at the Temple Institute have launched an Indiegogo campaign.
This piece in the Forward brought a smile to my face almost as wide as the old man’s at the end of the YouTube clip below.
You can read the details of the campaign here.
My favourite: If you donate $1,800, you get an autographed headshot of the Kohein Gadol!
Okay, that was a joke. But for $5,000 you can get a VIP tour of the Temple Mount and the Temple Institute led by the Institute’s director!
I wonder what will happen if they reach their modest goal. Will they have to build the Third Temple within a set period of time or merely break ground or… ?
And I also wonder: Was Kickstarter not mehadrin enough for this campaign? …Because going with Indiegogo makes a definite statement about taste and affiliation.
What remains now is the ol’ “wait and see” until September 25, Rosh HaShanah 5775 which, if the campaign launches, could be a really interesting year.