An Ethiopian immigrant is suing Israel’s major banks – because they are denying him loans that he is seeking to build the Third Holy Temple (Beit Hamikdash).
The Temple was the spiritual center of the Jewish people for millenia; the destruction of the first two temples marked the exile of the Jewish people twice, first to Babylonia and then to Rome. The destruction of the Second Temple rendered the Temple Mount a ruin, and was later taken over by first the Christians, and then the Muslims, who built two mosques on the site of the Temple.
With the revival of the State of Israel in 1948, many Jews believe that the prophecies of the Prophets discussing the renewal of Jewish life in Israel, the rebuilding of the Temple, and the arrival of the Messiah, are imminent.
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