JD: Well there’s going to be a Temple that’s going to be built as well. Update us, what’s the latest on the preparations to build that Temple on that very controversial piece of real estate?
YK: Over the past year there’s been quite a shift. There hasn’t been a lot of new vessels and things like that being created because quite frankly most of it’s done. What we’re seeing right now is a shift in the consciousness in the way that people, the average Jew on the street and politicians are relating to the Temple Mount. People are preparing their minds and their bodies now like they never have before. They’re preparing for the Temple with their feet by walking up to the Temple Mount itself and that’s where the real changes come this year.
JD: All the implements needed to operate the Temple, the training of the priest who will be those serving at the Temple, every item needed to build that building it’s basically in place?
YK: Absolutely that’s exactly what’s happening right now. Now of course there are a few things that are not ready that we can’t just create out of thin air like the ashes of the red heifer. They’re only a few sacrifices for parts of the sacrificial service that can be done without those ashes. A great many of offerings and sacrifices cannot be brought until we get those ashes and purify a new generation of priest. Right now we have everything we need in place if we had the political physical ability to walk up there and do it we could re-institute the Divine service today.
JD: Rabbi Yoel Keren with that report about the Jews being ready to rebuild the Temple.