Why The Virtual Beis Hamikdash?
When Bínei Yisroel were in exile in Bavel, Hashem told the Navi Yechezkeil "Tell Beis Yisroel the form of the Beis Hamikdash". Hashem then showed Yechezkeil the entire Beis Hamikdash which was to be built. Yechezkeil was under the impression that he should relate this to Bínei Yisroel only after returning to Eretz Yisroel. After all, what purpose would it serve to describe the Mikdash while they are still in golus if they canít yet build it anyway? Hashem told Yechezkeil "Just because Bínei Yisroel are in golus, does this mean my house should remain in ruins? You tell them what you saw, and when they study the form of the Beis Haikdash itíll be considered as if they are actually building it."
The Tosfos Yom Tov in his Sefer "Tzuras Habayis" adds that it isnít enough to just study the plans, but it is also necessary to use visual aids such as sketches and diagrams. In todayís day and age we are fortunate that we have the tools to build three-dimensional plans of the Beis Hamikdash, and to create "walkthrough" programs.
Which Beis Hamikdash are we trying to describe?
We will start with the Second Beis Hamikdash. Why? The second Beis Hamikdash is described pretty much in detail in Maseches Middos. It is therefore eaiser to work with in comparison with the first and third. Hopefully if this is successful we can try to move on to other models.
What type of material will be on this site?
Please keep in mind that this site is under contruction. The VRML models, .vpy models and cross-sections are already available Be"H. As the time proceeds we expect Be"H to add more information, so visit here frequently. Please send me your feedback about this site.
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