Course offers ‘virtual tour’ of Holy Temple

This summer, nearly 2,000 years since the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, Chabad of Greater St. Louis will unveil “Heaven on Earth,” a three-week interactive course developed by the renowned Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, which recreates the ancient Jerusalem Temples from the ground up.

Through an interactive and innovative virtual tour, “Heaven on Earth” will enable students to conceptualize the ancient Temple in Jerusalem, allowing them to “walk through” the Temple’s ancient corridors, throng with the crowds through Jerusalem’s gates, and discover the marvels of architecture and design that were integral to this sacred site.

“Heaven on Earth” provides students with an explanation for the central role the Holy Temple plays in the life and history of the Jewish people, and why to this day Jews of all stripes pray for the Temple’s rebuilding and converge upon the Western Wall, its surviving remnant.

“While many have explored the politics and geography of the Holy Land, few have explored the spiritual significance of the structures that stood for a millennium on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,” said Rabbi Yosef Landa, the course facilitator.

“By helping students envision and recreate the ancient Jewish Temple, they will come away with a newfound appreciation to for its historical and religious significance.”

“Heaven on Earth” will be offered at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, at 8124 Delmar Blvd., in University City, on three consecutive Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9 p.m., beginning on July 30.

The fee for the entire course is $36, which includes the student textbook.

Chabad welcomes try-outs to attend the first lesson free of charge, without obligation to continue.

For information and registration, call Chabad of Greater St. Louis at 314-725-0400 or email [email protected].