ARTICLE

Levites Tune Up In Anticipation Of The Third Temple

News Image By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz/WND News Center April 29, 2024
Share this article:

On Thursday, the third intermediary day of Passover, Levites gathered in Jerusalem to reenact their musical role in the Temple. A group of about two dozen Levites gathered in the Old City to practice their singing while wearing garments designed for use by the Temple musicians in the Third Temple.

The Levites also blew silver trumpets that had been prepared for use in the Third Temple.

Traditionally, Temple musicians were selected from the tribe of Levi. The Levites were selected to sing in the Temple because the name Levi means to accompany, and their music would cause others to come close to God. In the days that the Temples stood in Jerusalem, the Levites sang on the 15 steps-- corresponding to the 15 Songs of Ascent in Psalms 15 --that led from the Ezrat Nashim ("Court of Women") to the Ezrat Yisrael("Court of Israelites"). 


The Mishna states that there were never less than 12 Levites standing on the platform, but their number could be increased indefinitely. While ordinarily, no minor was permitted to enter the Azarah ("Courtyard") to take part in the service, the young Levites were permitted to join in the singing to "add sweetness to the sound" but were not permitted to stand on the same platform with the adult Levites (Talmud Erchin 2:6).

In the Bible, the tribe of Levi included Moses and Aaron. Kohanim (priests) are descendants of Aaron and his descendants became a subset of the tribe of Levi. The other members of the tribe were chosen by God to forfeit their portions of land in Israel and to serve in the Temple. The Levites performed various functions in the Temple including guarding and serving all the musical needs. 

Jewish communities are scrupulous about perpetuating the status of the Levites, which is passed from father to son. Only Jewish men whose fathers were Levites are considered eligible. Comprising about 4% of the total Jewish population, they are recognized for conspicuous honors in religious services and their status as Levites is inscribed on their gravestones.


The Nezer HaKodesh Institute for Kohanic Studies is actively schooling Jewish priests to perform Temple service.

Participants are being drawn from a registry of Kohanim prepared by the school's parent foundation, the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, which has already created nearly all of the vessels, furnishings, and priestly garments needed in a fully functioning Temple.

To register for study, one must be certified as having a clear patriarchal link to the priestly class, be born and raised in Israel, and have observed the laws of purity required by priests.

Anyone who has made contact with a dead body or has come under the roof of a dead person is disqualified.  Therefore, a Jew of Kohen descent who was born in a hospital, has visited hospitals, or has been to a cemetery (except for a close relative) is not eligible.


The school is not only instructing students on the halakha (Torah law) that applies to priestly Temple service but also such specialized topics as "The Role and Application of Modern Technology in the Third Temple" and "The Mathematics of the Holy Temple." Also included are courses on "Aspects of Engineering and Design" and "The Topography of the Temple Mount."

This instruction seems to suggest that the Kohanim may be involved in the actual design and/or construction of the future Temple.

In fact, this was the case in Jerusalem after the Jews returned from exile in Babylon.  

We read in Ezra 1:5 that "the priests and Levites -- everyone whose heart God had moved -- prepared to go up and build the house of the LORD in Jerusalem."

And in Ezra 3:8, we learn that the leaders of Israel appointed "Levites twenty years old and older to supervise the building of the house of the LORD."

Originally published at Israel 365 News




Other News

June 19, 2024Palestinians' Heroes: Murderers, Rapists and Kidnappers Of Babies

More than eight months after Hamas's October 7 attack on Israel, most Palestinians continue to voice support for the atrocities committed ...

June 18, 2024Americans Are Going 'Off Grid' In Anticipation Of What Is Coming

As our society descends into chaos, vast numbers of people are choosing to pull the plug and walk away. Of course it is nearly impossible...

June 18, 2024Cashless Society: Major Venues Now Punishing People For Using Cash Vs. Plastic

Fans heading to Yankee Stadium hoping to pay in cash at the iconic ballpark for their favorite concessions have been thrown a curveball: g...

June 18, 2024Evangelical Seminaries About To Go Woke?

Fuller Theological Seminary, one of the world's most popular theological colleges, is poised to become the first evangelical seminary in t...

June 18, 2024Scary Poll: Support For Oct 7th Massacre Rising Among Palestinians

Almost all Palestinians think Israel is committing war crimes while almost all believe Hamas is not committing war crimes in the current w...

June 14, 2024Cascadia Subduction Zone: The Looming Threat Of A Massive Earthquake And Tsunami

We are being told that someday an absolutely massive earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will send a gigantic wall of water towa...

June 14, 2024Red Flags Everywhere: Banks, Small Businesses & Retailers All In Trouble

If the economy is fine, why are so many signs of trouble erupting all around us? When you take an honest look at the cold, hard numbers t...

Get Breaking News