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New Course Takes Students On Virtual Tour Of Ancient Jerusalem

Friday, 18 June, 2021 - 4:44 pm

Two thousand years later, Jews still converge upon the Western Wall, the surviving remnant of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. However, while many have explored the politics and geography of Israel and the Temple Mount, few have explored the spiritual significance of the structures that stood on that mount for a millennium. This summer, the Jewish Learning Institute is proud to unveil Heaven on Earth, a three-week interactive course that recreates the ancient Temples from the ground up.

"Many people wonder why the Western Wall is so important to Jewish people, why it is so close to our hearts,” explains Rabbi Shmuly Altein, outreach director at the Jewish Learning Centre. “This summer, course participants will have the opportunity to look past the history and politics and see the magnificent structure that once was. By helping students envision and recreate the ancient Jewish Temples, they will come away with a newfound appreciation for its historical significance.”

Heaven on Earth provides students with an explanation for the central role the Holy Temple plays in the Jews’ mission throughout history. To aid students in conceptualizing the ancient Temple, Heaven on Earth employs an interactive and innovative virtual tour that will allow students, for the very first time, to “walk through” the Temple’s ancient corridors, throng with the crowds through Jerusalem’s gates, and discover the marvels of architecture and design that were integral to this sacred site.

Heaven on Earth will be offered virtually from 7:30 - 9:00 pm over three consecutive Tuesdays, starting on July 27, 2021. The course fee is only $36 and student textbooks are available for purchase on Amazon.

To register and for more information, please visit JLI.ChabadWinnipeg.org or contact Chabad at 204-339-8737. “We are so sure that people will enjoy it” says Rabbi Shmuly Altein, “that we invite anyone interested to attend the first lesson free, with no obligation to continue.”

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