Model Beis Hamikdash Available for Free Download

In preparation for Tisha B’av, a free, printable paper model of the Beis HaMikdosh, that kids can assemble, is being made available by Tzivos Hashem Traditional Crafts Workshops.

The full-color model was developed in collaboration with author of the illustrated Messechet Midot Rabbi Yehuda Benchemhoun, graphic designer Rabbi Mendy Browd and Rabbi Michoel Albukerk. A preview of this model is being offered online to the public so that both the young and young at heart can learn and ‘build’ the Beis HaMikdosh.

There are many different Beis Hamikdosh models, all based on a variety of artistic, and sometimes halachic, opinions. This detailed model however, is based only on halachic guidelines. According to Rabbi Benchemhoun, the design of this model follows the Rambam’s description in Hilchos Beis HaBechirah, and is set to a scale of one millimeter to one cubit.

This project is part of the Tzivos Hashem Beis Hamikdosh Craft Workshop, which teaches children about Eretz Yisroel, the history of Har HaBayis and Yerushalayim, the special vessels of the Beis HaMikdosh and the Temple incense.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe urged that Torah study be conducted in a way that leads to action, in this way making every Jewish home into a mini-Beis Hamikdash where Hashem dwells. Since children learn best hands-on, where they can see and feel what they are studying, using a model to learn about the Holy Temple leads to developing a personal connection to the actual Beis Hamikdosh.

Educators and parents everywhere are thrilled and excited by this activity.

“We are so thrilled by the beautiful pictures of children building their own models coming in from all over the world,” says Rabbi Michoel Albukerk. “The reason I think people are excited is – here is something visual that kids can really grab a hold of and use to learn from, even while it just sits in their living room or their bookshelf.  Educators tell us that they love the Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops because there is always a “hands-on” dynamic component.”

For many junior Beis Hamikdosh builders, the model is a tool to spark interest in learning Hilchos Beis Habechira more in depth. Some amateur architects have even come up with original innovations like cutting open the tiny gates of the model, using foamcore to raise the temple courtyard and enlarging the model 150% to make a table top display model for learning classes at camp.

You will want to build your own miniature Beis Hamikdosh, so get ready. The model takes time to assemble with lots of cutting and folding. Bring scissors, quick-drying glue, patience and a passion for Arts n’ Crafts. Ideally, the model can be completed in several half hour sessions. Young children will need adult assistance. To get started, follow the instructions below.

In the zechus of learning about the Holy Temple, may we merit to see the third Beis HaMikdash descend from heaven in actuality, with Moshiach leading us to Yerushalayim.

For information about other projects of Tzivos Hashem Crafts Workshops and the Traveling Crafts of the Jewish People, visit JewishChildren.com.

Instructions:

1. Print Assembly Instructions.

Download Instruction Guide for Model Beis HaMikdosh.

2. Download the Model: Click here to download zip file containing the file.

(In order to maintain the exclusivity of this project, the file is password protected.)

3. To request a password for the model, email your name, the name of your school or camp to JewishChildren18@aol.com and request a password to open the file.

In your request, please indicate:

– The name of your school or camp you will use the model for.
– If it’s for your family, indicate {Name} Family.
– Please tell us where you learned about this offer?

4. Print the model:

Print in COLOR on 11×17 (ledger size) CARDSTOCK, (60-85 pound paper). (Y&B, Kinko’s, Staples or any print shop).

5. Tools:

CUT then FOLD each piece BEFORE gluing. You will need:
– Pairs of sharp scissors for detailing
– Tacky Glue or the like
– Counselors to help

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