Kenneth Cohen

Solomon’s Temple

The Haftarah for Parshat Teruma, describes the construction and dedication of the Beit Hamikdash of King Solomon. There are some interesting facts regarding Solomon’s Temple.

First of all, it’s size was fifty times larger than that of the Mishkan of the desert. It took seven years to build. Incredibly, there were 150,000 workers used in its construction. There were 70,000 workers used for transporting and carrying, and 80,000 workers to chisel into the mountains. They formed massive stones that can be still be seen today.

The dedication of the Temple is also described in great detail. That great day took place 480 years after the exodus from Egypt. It was surrounded by the magnificent kingdom of Solomon that was the marvel of the world. There was peace, prosperity, and spirituality, all at the same time.

The dream of King David, Solomon’s father, had become a reality. Finally, there was a home for G-d, where the Divine Presence could rest. The nation would be able to feel Hashem’s protection on a daily basis.

King Solomon was visited with prophecy on that great day. He was told that if he would lead the people to follow the commandments of the Torah, Hashem will fulfill all that He promised. “I will dwell in the midst of the Children of Israel, and I will never abandon My people, Israel.

How we long for those days. We must fervently pray that these days return speedily in our days.

About the Author
Rabbi Cohen has been a Torah instructor at Machon Meir, Jerusalem, for over twenty years while also teaching a Talmud class in the Shtieblach of Old Katamon. Before coming to Israel, he was the founding rabbi of Young Israel of Century City, Los Angeles. He recently published a series of Hebrew language-learning apps, which are available at