World’s First Institute For Training Kohanim

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This year in Yerushalayim, the Temple Institute will be opening the world’s first school for training kohanim to serve in the Bais Hamikdosh.

The organization has run a number of pilot programs over the last few years and now is embarking on a mission to teach kohanim all the practical skills required to serve in the Third Bais Hamikdosh. To raise seed money for the project the Temple Institute has embarked on an “Indiegogo” crowdfunding project with an initial goal of $75,000.

The curriculum at Nezer HaKodesh will include courses on the avodas Bais Hamikdosh theory and practice and the role and application of modern technology in the Third Bais Hamikdosh. For example, courses such as “The Sacred Temple Vessels: Aspects of Engineering and Design and The Mathematics of the Bais Hamikdosh” will be taught as part of the program.

For the last thirty years, the scholars of the Temple Institute have studied in depth all of the ancient text needed to prepare for the Third Bais Hamikdosh. They have published tens of volumes and recreated over 70 sacred vessels for use in the Third Bais Hamikdosh. 

Chaim Richman, International Director of the Temple Institute, commented: “We are extremely excited to announce this new step towards the restoration of the Holy Temple service. We call first and foremost upon Kohanim worldwide to support this special project, which signifies a return to their birth right. We have chosen to use Indiegogo as a tool to enable as many people as possible to be a part of this historic initiative. The Temple service represents the purest connection between man and our Creator. One third of the Torah’s commandments pertain to the Holy Temple service and we have prayed for its return for thousands of years. In a time when the world is plagued with terror and uncertainty, we enter this project with full faith that one day the Holy Temple will finally be rebuilt and the priestly service reinstated, ushering in an unparalleled era of peace and harmony among all of mankind.”

David Steger – Israel


  1. Only one major catch here – we don’t know who is a kosher kohen. In Israel I personally knew one young secular man in who was named Cohen but knew he wasn’t. It seems when his father got off the boat in New York he got an immigration clerk who couldn’t figure out his last name, so the clerk just said, You’re Jewish? OK, you’re Cohen – that’s a nice Jewish name.” This young man wanted to marry a divorcee, and the bais din demanded that he bring testimony from his father’s brother that the family wasn’t cohanim and what the true last name was. If he had married a single woman or widow, after a few generations the family history would have been lost and they would have been presumed to be cohanim based on the last name. We try to “push the Geulah” at our peril.


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