By COLlive reporter
As summer camps are learning about the Beis Hamikdosh during the three weeks, Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops is offering a paper model of the Beis HaMikdosh for the kids to assemble, free of charge.
The full color model is being developed in collaboration with Rabbi Yehuda Benchemhoun, author of the illustrated Messechet Midot, graphic designer Rabbi Mendy Browd and Rabbi Michoel Albukerk.
A preview of this model is being offered online to the public so that both the young and young at heart can learn and ‘build’ the Beis HaMikdosh.
There are many different Beis Hamikdosh models, all based on a variety of artistic, and sometimes halachic opinions. This detailed model however, is based only on halachic guidelines. According to Rabbi Benchemhoun the design of this model follows the Rambam’s description in Hilchos Beis HaBechirah and set to a scale of one millimeter to one cubit.
This project is part of the Tzivos Hashem Beis Hamikdosh Craft Workshop, which teaches children about Eretz Yisroel, the history of Har HaBayis and Yerushalayim, the special vessels of the Beis HaMikdosh, and the Temple incense.
The Rebbe urged Torah study in a way that leads to action, and in this way making every Jewish home into a mini-Beis Hamikdash where Hashem dwells. Since children learn best hands-on when they can see and feel what they are studying, using a model to learn about the Holy Temple leads to developing a personal connection to the actual Beis Hamikdosh.
Educators and parents everywhere are thrilled and excited by this activity. “We are so thrilled by the beautiful pictures of children building their own models coming in from all over the world,” says Rabbi Albukerk.
“The reason I think people are excited, is that here is something visual that kids can really grab a hold of and use to learn from even while it just sits in their living room or their bookshelf. Educators tell us that they love the Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops because there is always a “hands-on” dynamic component.”
For many junior Beis Hamikdosh builders, the model is a tool to spark interest in learning Hilchos Beis Habechira more in depth. Some amateur architects have even come up with original innovations like cutting open the tiny gates of the model, using foamcore to raise the temple courtyard and enlarging the model 150% to make a table top display model for learning classes at camp.
You will want to build your own miniature Beis Hamikdosh, so get ready. The model takes time to assemble with lots of cutting and folding. Bring scissors, quick-drying glue, patience and a passion for Arts n’ Crafts. Ideally, the model can be completed in several half hour sessions. Young children will need adult assistance. To get started, follow the instructions below.
For information about other projects of Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops and the Traveling Crafts of the Jewish People, visit Jewish Children.com.
1. Print Assembly Instructions here
2. Download the Model here. Email your name (and the name of your school) to [email protected] and request a password to open the file. (In order to maintain the exclusivity of this project, the file is password protected.)
3. Print the model in color on 11×17 (ledger size) cardstock, (60-85 pound paper). (Y&B, Kinko’s, Staples or any print shop).
Cut then fold each piece before gluing. You will need:
– Pairs of sharp scissors for detailing
– Tacky Glue or the like
– Counselors to help
5. Study the Beis HaMikdosh (download floor plan
6. Win: Children are eligible to win a free Tzivos Hashem Handbook by sending a photo (jpg) of their finished model to [email protected] for future publication.
7. OPTIONAL: Download an illustrated Study Booklet to learn the Mishnayos about the Beis Hamikdash.