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Preparing To Rebuild The Temple - First Fruits’ Ceremony Reenacted

News Image By Adam Eliyahu BerkowitzBreaking Israel News May 24, 2018
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On Monday, at the promenade in Armon Hanatziv overlooking the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a group of Kohanim (Jewish men of the priestly caste descended from the Biblical figure Aaron) recreated the ritual of the first fruits as it was performed in the Temple.

The event was organized by the Mikdash (Temple) Educational Center, the United Temple Movements and the nascent Sanhedrin, an initiative to reinstate the Biblically mandated court of 71 elders.


Rabbi Baruch Kahane led a group of four priests dressed in the Biblically mandated garments required for the Temple Service. 

Rabbi Kahane has played a central role in educating Kohanim in all aspects of the Temple service. 

The reenactment was intended as part of this essential stage of preparing for the future when the Third Temple will be built and these rituals will again be performed.

The Torah commands the bringing of the first fruits from the period between the pilgrimage festivals of Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).

Thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which thou shalt bring in from thy land that Hashem thy God giveth thee; and thou shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place which Hashem thy God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there. Deuteronomy 26:2

Bikurim (first fruits) are brought from the seven species that have a special significance to Israel: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olive oil and dates (honey).


A land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig-trees and pomegranates; a land of olive-trees and honey Deuteronomy 8:8

A model of the ark of the covenant, the menorah (seven-branched candelabrum), a model altar and a rack for the show-breads were arranged also as an educational illustration.

The models were made from wood, however full-size versions made of gold and silver have been constructed and are ready for use in the Third Temple.

Two sheep were brought as an illustrative example but were not slaughtered. Instead, the proper cuts of meat were brought and arranged on the model altar. 

Show-breads were presented as were loaves of bread specially baked and presented as the two loaves of bread that are to be brought as a wave offering in the Temple on Shavuot.



Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto Hashem. Leviticus 23:17

At the end of the ceremony, the Kohanim performed the priestly blessing.

May the LORD bless you and guard you, May the LORD make His face shed light upon you and be gracious unto you,May the LORD lift up His face unto you and give you peace. Numbers 6:23-27

Pictures of the ceremony below:

Kohanim (priests/ descendants of the first High Priest Aaron), conduct a reenactment of the Temple ceremony on Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)(Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)


The Bikurim (First Fruits)
(Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)

Model of the Ark of the Covenant (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)
A model of the Menorah (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)
Model of the Temple’s Altar (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)
Model rack of show-breads (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)

The two sheep and loaves in the reenactment of the Shavuot offering ceremony (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)
Kohanim (priests/descendants of the first High Priest Aaron) performing the priestly blessing (Photo: Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz)

Originally published at Breaking Israel News - reposted with permission.


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