Beis HaMikdash Tunnel Tour: Fusion of Finite and Eternal

I’m still trying to find adequate words to express the magnitude of what I experienced yesterday.

We went underneath the Kotel, the site of our Beis HaMikdash, and took a newly created tour of the ancient tunnels.

We saw spaces and structures that were only discovered within the past few years.

My body and mind struggle to fully understand what only my soul could truly know — though our guide offered an intricately exquisite explanation of the site’s long history.

And I think I was physically as close to the Holy of Holies as is currently possible for me as a Jew, given what and who currently rest upon it above ground.

This photo shows me saying Tehillim within this sacred space, and trying to express its spiritual and religious significance to my children.

We were all tired but inspired after two days in Jerusalem. The tunnel tour was the culmination of our excursion, before heading two hours north back to our house.

As much as I love living in the mountains of Kiryat Tivon, adjacent to the holy forest of Bet She’arim, visiting Jerusalem is truly an other-worldly experience.

And I long to return to her again soon—as she continues to reveal her magnificent glory now that our Jewish exile is coming to an end.

We have come home, making Aliyah like thousands of other Jews, previously scattered around the world.

The Beis HaMikdash, beautiful portions of which I got to see and touch, represents G‑d’s bond with our physical world.

It is the fusion of above and below, finite and eternal—until we move on from here into the World to Come.

“And they shall build Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst.”

Tehillim 27:4
One [thing] I ask of the Lord, that I seek—that I may dwell in Your house all the days of my life, to see the pleasantness of the Lord and to visit His Temple every morning.

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