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Help Find the Ark of the Covenant

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Campaign created 8 months ago
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I think that finding the Ark of the Covenant is something that will benefit everyone who is interested in this. 
The money that is raised from this campaign will be used for making a documentary video showing how we will search for the Ark and find it. We would like to be able to raise the money for this campaign as soon as possible.

I will be very thankful to those of who who donate to this campaign. I think it will be a real blessing to those of you who take the time and effort to send in some money.
You can be sure that I will be grateful from the bottom of my heart.

In order to find the Ark of the Covenant it is important to know as much about where it could be as possible.

The best source of information about the Ark that I have found is from a book called Hilchot Beit HaBechirah.  This is Hebrew for the words "The Laws of (G-d's) Chosen House". This is the eighth book of the Mishneh Torah written by Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon who is better known as The Rambam.

My copy is written by Rabbi Eliyahu Touger of Kfar Chabad, Israel. It was published by the Moznaim Publishing Corporation in Brooklyn, NY and was printed and bound in Jerusalem, Israel by Vagshal Ltd.

Chapter Four of this book begins as follows:

1. The Ark was placed on a stone in the western portion of the Holy of Holies. The vial of manna and Aharon's staff were placed before it.
     
When Solomon built the Temple, he was aware that it would be ultimately be destroyed. [Therefore,] he constructed a chamber, in which the Ark could be entombed below [the Temple building] in deep, maze-like vaults.
     
King Josiah commanded that [the Ark] be entombed in the chamber built by Solomon, as it is said (II Chronicles 35:3): "And he said to the Levites who were enlightened above all Israel: 'Place the Holy Ark in the chamber built by Solomon, the son of David, King of Israel. You will no [longer] carry it on your shoulders. Now, serve the Lord, your G-d."
     
When it was entombed, Aharon's staff, the vial of manna, and the oil used for anointing were entombed with it. All these [sacred articles] did not return in the Second Temple.

Similarly, the Urim V'Tumim (the stones of the High Priest's breastplate) did not answer with Ruach HaKodesh (Divine inspiration) and questions were not asked of them, as in Ezra 2:63: "until a priest will arise with the Urin V'Tumim." [In the Second Temple,] they only made them to fulfill the requirement of eight garments for the High Priest. Thus, the High Priest would not lack one of the required garments.

The important part of this chapter has to do with a debate between the Sages regarding the entombment of the Ark.  This is found in the Talmud (Yoma 53b) and the Tosefta (Sotah 13:2). It seems that most of the Sages agree that the Ark was entombed as explained above, others maintain that it was one of the sacred articles plundered by the Babylonian conquerers. A third opinion agrees that it was entombed, but suggests that it was entombed under the Chamber of Wood in the Woman's Courtyard and not under the Holy of Holies. 

We therefore believe that the Ark is still hidden in a vault underneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It is well known that there are many tunnels under the Temple Mount, and many of them have not been explored for a variety of reasons.

Chapter Four continues to elaborate on this topic as follows:

"The holiness of the Temple and Jerusalem comes about because of the Shechina, (The Divine Presence) and the Shechina can never be nullified. Behold, G-d declared (Leviticus 27:31): 'I shall destroy your Sanctuaries.' and the Sages commented (Megillah 28:a): 'Even though they are destroyed, their holiness remains intact.'"

The Shechina's resting place was the Ark. Therefore, had the Ark not been "entombed...in deep and maze-like vaults," on the Temple Mount, the sanctity of that site would also have been nullified. See also Chatam Sofer, Chullin 7a. Likkutei Sichot (Vol. 21, p. 156-160) also discusses this topic. It explains that the Ark is a fundamental element of the Temple and the Temple building cannot be complete without it.

Therefore, from the very beginning of the Temple's construction, the Ark had two locations:
     (a) the place for the Ark in the Holy of Holies
     (b) the hidden vault where the Ark would be kept in 
      the event of the Temple's destruction.

Please make a donation to our campaign and help us find the Ark. Your donation is 100% tax deductible as part of the PayPal Giving Fund. 

We will be posting more information and updates about the details of this campaign regularly.

Thank you very much and may G-d continue to bless and keep you and your family and friends always.
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