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Honestly, the world will be a better place when Israel finally rebuilds the Temple.

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Submitted by AV (United States), Feb 14, 2021 at 15:03

The Temple to the God of Israel in Jerusalem, is the aboriginal, sacred ancestral, heritage of the people of Israel.

The Temple of God is the heart of "Zionism". Zion − the Mountain of Tsiyon − is the ancient name for the mountain on whose slope the ancient city of Jerusalem − Ir David − stands, and on whose summit the Temple stands.

As can be seen by the outings during the Lag B Omer festival, the citizens of Israel are ready for national pilgrimages. The beauty of the Temple is, it is a visceral way to dignify the Infinite. It is a national delicious barbecue − a sacred meal. Any member of Israel can participate, regardless of ideology. Rambam even anticipates the vegans, by predicting only grain offerings will happen in the future Temple. The fire-altar of incense is more important than the fire-altar of meat offerings. Kharedi and Secular and foreign visitor can eat the sacred meals together.

The prophets of the Tanakh predict the Temple will stand in an era of global peace. Then, it will be a "house of prayer for all kinships" − every ethnicity.

Rambam predicts Jews will pray at the Temple together with Christians and Muslims, "as one shouldering". There will be peace among the Abrahamic sacred traditions. Indeed, there is no way to achieve lasting peace except by the religions, first, becoming peaceful.

In addition to Israel, together with Christians and Muslims, honoring the monotheistic God, everyone is welcome. The Buddhist honoring the transcendent Nirvana. The Hindu honoring the Brahman. The scientist dignifying the effort to discover the Unknown. All come to honor the aspect of the Infinite One that is beyond all images.

Build the Temple, already. There is no other way to achieve peace among the diversity of the human species.

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