Translation of support letter:
Rabbi She'ar Yashuv Cohen
Chief Rabbi – Haifa
12 Adar 5,769 (8.3.09)
Dr. Yitzhaq Hayut-Man
Congratulations for the idea of the computer games and the virtual realization of the plan and form of our future Temple – to be built speedily, there to fulfill the prophecy of the prophets of truth and justice: "and it shall come to pass in the last days. That the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills and all the nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Ya'aqov; and He will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in His paths; for out of Ziyon shall come forth Torah, and the word of the Lord from Yerushalayim. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall decide among many people; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not list up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-4).
The virtual computer game that you have developed not only does not contradict the Halakhah, but all the more it has the potential to strengthen the yearnings for the complete edifice, and we have already been taught by our master Yehudah Halevy, peace by upon him, in his book The Kuzari, that "Jerusalem will be built when the Children of Israel yearn for her in the epitome of yearning". Surely, the halakhic issues that would rise when we arrive with God's help to the building stage, we shall bring before the Prophet Elijah – who would soon come to us together with the Messiah son of David. Amen, so let God's Will be.
With the blessing of the complete Jerusalem
Rabbi Shear Yashuv Cohen
Holy city of Haifa, to be built and established
Facsimile of the Hebrew letter at http://www.global-report.com/thehope/?l=he&a=11
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