Monday, November 12, 2018

Meet the Maker: Jbrick Comes to Baltimore!

It's not that often that I get to see Lego® and the Beis Hamikdash come together (outside of my own house, that is). Last week Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore was honored to host Yitzy Kasowitz of Jbrick and his Second Temple Lego® model. I stopped in to meet Mr. Kasowitz and see his impressive model for myself.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, the entire elementary school, middle school, and high school of Bnos Yisroel were treated to an up-close encounter with the Herodian Temple as it would have looked at the end of the Second Temple era. Yitzy Kasowitz meticulously researched his model using Jewish and archeological sources and then rendered the entire Temple Mount in Lego® bricks at a scale of 1:613. I have more details about the model in this previous post.

Mr. Kasowitz guided the girls in his 30-minute classes through the major parts of the Temple and kept them spell-bound as he removed different parts of the the model to reveal more details inside. He even showed us the long-lost hiding place of the Ark beneath the bedrock of Mount Moriah, but he asks that we keep this a secret for now :)

I would like to wish Yitzy Kasowitz much continued hatzlachah as he brings the light of the Temple to the world in a very unique way. IY"H we should all merit to see the building of the Third Beis Hamikdash speedily in our days.

I got to meet Yitzy Kasowitz (l) and his Lego® Second Temple model at Bnos Yisroel of Baltimore (photo: Jbrick)
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