The holy Temple had become a highly significant topic in the modern State of Israel. Not only because of its archeological value (findings from the Temple Mount date back thousands of years to the world of the first and second Temoples), but because of it’s relevancy modern-day Judaism. To the Jewish People, the Temple is not just a building that was highly meaningful during various periods of Jewish history, but one that the Jewish People would like to rebuild just as they have rebuilt the Land of Israel. For thousands of years Jews have prayed to God to rebuild the holy Temple “speedily and in our days”.
Yet, in order to ascend to the Temple Mount and rebuild the Temple, one must be ritually pure. This purity is achieved through a pure red heifer.
“This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke.” (Numbers 19:2).
The dream of returning to the land brings with it the idea of spiritual return. For some this seems to be moving backwards in time and for others it is advancing towards spiritual redemption and a different and better world. The future will tell.