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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 19, 2013 Temple From page 2A redemption, or that the law is too ambiguous and that the messiah must come first. The Temple Institute takes a different position. "There are no Jewish legal barriers" to rebuilding the temple, Richman says, only political ones. The institute isn't shy about advocating what many see as a radical goal: replacing the mosque at the Dome of the Rock with a new Jewish Holy Temple. A painting in the institute's exhibition depicts this scenario, with the city's light rail line taking residents to the Temple Mount. The Temple Institute is dedicated to laying the groundwork for this vision. The organization has formu- lated a program for where the temple will stand and what its vessels will look like, aided by 20 men who study Temple law full-time. The products of this research--40 ritual objects-- are on display in Plexiglas cases at the institute's headquarters in the Old City. Silver trumpets to be blown by priests and a wooden lyre are perched next to two deep pans with long handles--one for collecting blood from small sacrificial offerings and another for large sacrifices like the Pass- over lamb. In another room, man- nequins with beards wear the i respective vestments for deputy priests and the high priest. The high priest's outfit, with azure weaves, gold thread and a breast- plate with 12 precious stones, took 11 years of research and $150,000 to complete. Next to it stands a massive 12-spigot sink with electric faucets--technol- ogy that Richman says will be permitted in the Third Temple. The institute's crowning achievement--the Temple's golden, 200-pound, seven- branch menorahkstands outside in a case overlooking the Western Wall. Unlike art or history museums, the in- stitute's goal is to remove the objects from their cases and bring them to the mount for use as soon as possible. Many Israelis view the goal as a danger to the status quo that has kept this site holy to Muslims and Jews from turning into a tinderbox. In 1984, Israel's security services stopped a group of Jewish terrorists conspiring to blow up the mosque at the mount who reportedly got very close to achieving their goal. Ever since, authorities say they have kept a close watch on any attempts to disturb the peace on the mount. Though observant Jews pray thrice daily in the Amidah prayer for the Temple to be rebuilt, few do anything about it. That's as it should be, says Michael Melchior, an Ortho- dox rabbi and former Knesset member who is considered a Ben Sales/JTA A 200-pound. goldmenorah, built for use in a future Third Temple by the Temple Institute, stands in a case overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem. religious moderate. "We pray for holiness, but we also need to be careful of others' desire for holiness," Melchior said. "The moment you want to translate that into building a Temple, you upset the sensitive balance we've created here, by which we exist here." He called Temple constructionadvocates "irresponsible." Given the obstacles to break- ing ground on a Holy Temple, the institute also has taken up a more modest cause: expanding Jewish rights on the Temple Mount to allow unrestricted access and prayer. In that endeavor, Richman is joined by several right-wing Knesset members and a group of ar- chaeologists who say the Wakf is reckless with archaeological remains at the site. "It has exceptional historical importance,"EilatMazar, a He- brew University archaeologist, said of the site. "There needs to be access for everyone.Authori- ties don't take care of it." Moshe Feiglin, a nationalist Likud Knesset member, made a practice of visiting the Temple Mount monthly until Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu banned him from the site in order to prevent provocations there. Last month, Feiglin wrote on Facebook, "Whoever turns his back on the Temple Mount is also giving up on construction in the city." Richman says support for the institute's goals is growing. For him, the issue involves far more than politics, archaeology PAGE 19A Ben Sales/JTA The high priest's diadem, created for use in a future third Ben Sales/JTA A modelofthe SecondTempleatan exhibitofThirdTemple vessels in the Temple lnstitute's offices in Jerusalem. or even Jewish legal research. The Temple Institute, he says, is doing God's work. "The point is that we can't live without the Temple," Richman says. "It's not about building, it's about a concept: the idea that all of human experience can be elevated to a sense of divine purpose." Nimoy From page 3A essence of the feminine mani- festation of God struck some as revolutionary and others as salacious," Michelson tells "The response in our gallery was overwhelmingly positive, as it was in most venues where we toured the exhibit. There were some synagogues that refused to show the work, and others that canceled Mr. Nimoy's speaking engagements, but in almost all cases, another synagogue was happy to step in and host the exhibit." Nimoy has a long list of activities he has participated in that have to do with his Judaism. "I surprised a lot of people by playing Tevye in 'Fiddler on the Roof' in 1971 on an eight-week eastern tour that was very successful," he says. Barbara Gellman-Danley presented Nimoy with an honorary Doctorate of Hu- mane Letters from Antioch University in a ceremony at his home in California. A former graduate of Antioch with an M.A. in bilingual education, the honorary degree was awarded in great part due to Nimoy's activism in Holocaust Attack From page 4A Iranian issues and advance important American and Israeli interests. The U.S. can build a new regional axis to confront Iran and the radical Islamists. It should be based on the Gulf states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - plus Jordan, Israel and Palestine. The new axis would provide an alternative model to the bloody chaos and economic incompetence of radical Is- remembrance. Nimoy produced and starred, with Dabney Cole- man and Blythe Danner, in a television movie called "Never Forget." Written by Ronald Rubin, the 1991 film is a dramatization of a Holocaust survivorwho confronteda Ho- locaust denial organization's lies in court. Nimoy met the survivor, Mel Mermelstein. "Mermelstein's family was taken into Auschwitz during the second World War," Nimoy says. "His siblings and parents were killed. He won his law- suit, but more importantly, the subject of the Holocaust went into American law for the first time in 1979. It became a legal fact." Gellman-Danley says Ni- moy's fame never got in the way of his commitment to social justice causes. "Indeed, he worked in key symbolism of his own faith into his character as Mr. Spock," Gellman-Danley tells "I recall he was very committed to organiza- tions, museums and affiliated projects that reflected his own value system. He is a consummate artist--both performing, writing and through beautiful photogra- phy. I found Mr. Nimoy to be a very caring, deep and com- mitted man who is leading a measurably purposeful life." Nimoy's portrayal of Mr. Spock in "Star Trek" earned him iconic status as well as three Emmy nominations. But aside from his numer- ous credits as an actor and director, Nimoy is also a successful recording artist and author, having published two autobiographies as well as several volumes of poetry, two of which also feature his photographs. His photo- graphs are in the collections of many major museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Judah L. Magnes Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum of New York, the New Orleans Museum of Fine Art, and the Hammer Museum. "I just produced a collection called 'Eye Contact' of 25 fine art prints," Nimoy says. "The concept is that there is no eye contactwith the models in the photographs. Ithas to do with the issues of privacy, neutral- ity, modesty and voyeurism." At Micheison's website (, viewers can see Nimoy's work and note his rising stature as a major contemporaryAmeri- can photographer. "There is no doubt that Nimoy will always be identi- fied foremost with Mr. Spock," Michelson says. "But he is no dilettante with the camera." Yet, Mr. Spock remains the most enduring aspect of Nimoy's fame. First air- ing in 1966, the character would become an icon over the years as "Star Trek" branched off into syndica- tion and later onto the big screen as a series of six fea- ture films. Being identified with one of the most recog- nizable characters in televi- sion history is intriguing to Nimoy, and it is something he embraces. "I admire Spock, and if I had to choose any character ever portrayed in television or film, I would choose Spock because I enjoy being identi- fied with this very interesting character," Nimoy says. "Spock claims to be other than human but he's a ter- ribly human character," he adds. "That's what makes him so attractive. People understand him and identify with him. His dilemma is a human dilemma. Par- lain, and would draw a clear line on the region's map that Iran's expansion cannot cross. Senior Saudi officials in 2008 and Jordan's KingAbdul- lah in 2012 told the American author of this article that if Israel would end the conflict with the Palestinians, their countries would welcome the opportunity tojoinwith Israel against Iran's aggression. Israeli-Palestinian peace is indispensable for the forma- tion of this new alliance. It is also necessary to prevent the disappearance of the demo- cratic Jewish state that Israelis fought for and American Jews cherish. True, the fate of Israel is the responsibility of its citi- zens and the final decisions lie with them. But those in America who cherish the Zionist dream owe it to their commitment as Zionists to vigorously support Kerry's mission and strong, decisive policy by Washington thatwill ensure Israel's survival as a Jewish and democratic state. Ephraim Sneh, a fellow at the Israel Policy Forum, twice served as Israel's deputy min- ister of defense and is chair- man of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at NetanyaAcademic College. Robert K. Lifton was president of the American Jewish Con- gress, a founder andpresident of the Israel Policy Forum and co-chair of the Middle East Project of the Council on Foreign Relations. His mem- oirs, titled "An Entrepreneur's Journey: Stories From A Life In Business And Personal Diplomacy," have been pub- lished by AuthorHouse. NBC Television Leonard Nimoy and William Shalner as Mr. Spock and Captain Kirk from the television program Star Trek in 1968. ticularly for young people. Teenagers really understand what Spock is dealing with, which is finding the proper balance between logic and emotion." Sudoku solution from page 7 965384721 784162539 132579486 547813962 698427153 3219568471 85963127 216748395 473295618