(US - Handle in America; IS - Handle in Israel)
FIRST STAGE - GETTING READY.
STEP 1 - START
(US) - INITIAL SETUP
Choose 1 other loyal, dedicated, motivated, willing, reliable, credible, inspired, enthusiastic, full time, person to work together on this project, either an acquaintance or through an ad as follows:
A 73 word ad in Yated, Hamodia, Jewish Press, der yid such as the following is an idea: "I am looking for an intelligent individual who is very serious minded who can help me on a very serious subject to act as a sounding board and will be capable in checking me before I proceed with a very serious project. The person must have experience and a feel for sensitive public relations. High confidentiality will be required. Please call 718 256-2014". Or something as unassuming an article in a newspaper as "A 'kuntres' to come out soon by The Vaad to build the B"H on building the B"H. Whoever is interested please call 718 256-2014.
Then, get initial reactions from various members of the Jewish community to determine initial feasibility (Rabbis, laymen).
Then, hand pick core people of like mind, who feel the same about this project to elaborate comprehensively on the steps in more detail by soliciting 13 volunteers or appointees, each one to extensively expand on one of the next substeps and follow up and handle his respective substep and be on top of it to its completion and to also stay on board as the STARTUP COMMITTEE to continue and see the project launched.
Then, setup a reliable accountability system (treasurer, etc.).
Then, seek out a benefactor for seed money - publish and distribute this work, rent an office, travel - flight and transportation, secretary, hotels, car, advertisement, choose name (tentatively, The Committee to Build The Bais Hamikdosh), open bank account, stationary, telephone, mailing.
(If we go through the internet we do not even need seed money at first since there are web designers that give free service for 2 months which can bring in the initial seed money through contributors. This is not advisable since going public is not warranted so early in the progress).
STEP 2 - CONVINCE
(US) - TO CONVINCE AND PERSUADE ON THE NECESSITY AND BENEFITS OF BUILDING IT.
For openers, I for one cannot fathom that our great sages have not called for action for the real thing yet. To me it is a regular 'mitzzvah', albeit more complex but nevertheless doable. The resulting joy will be worth the effort!
It is obvious that the completion of this project will testify, strengthen and encourage all
Jews and yes all people of the world of our resolve, right and willingness to complete the mission and firmly establish ourselves there.
The willingness of the participants must be through Torah values. When it starts going really well it will even be self-convincing. It will eliminate so much of the vacillation Jews and Israelis have been experiencing.
The success will affirm that the Jews are the rightful people to
accomplish this holy task. The cooperation of the indigenous people is vital and crucial! It will eliminate all the questions of our raison d'etre. It will be the answer to all the peace efforts (Madrid, Camp David, WYE, Oslo and the road map).
Transforming from present "service" to future "service" should be effortless and without suffering or pressure. It should be a natural procedure.
STEP 3 - APPROVAL
A. (US/IS) - TALK TO THE RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY
Select the key persons, make appointments, visit, and get blessings and input.
B. (US) - TALK TO ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
Select the key individuals, make appointments, visit and lobby, get letters of approbation.
C. (US/IS) - SOLICIT OTHER NATIONS' (WASHINGTON, ETC.) GOVERNMENTS
Select the key individuals, make appointments, visit and inform (courtesy), get letter of understanding.
D. (IS) - "TALK" (NOTIFY) TO PALESTINIANS/JORDANIANS
Select the key individuals, make appointments, visit and inform.
SECOND STAGE - STABILIZATION
STEP 4 - FUNDING
(US) - ANNOUNCE THE MISSION AND FUNDRAISE (EXPECT TOTAL COST TO BE $1 BILLION US)
Setup a Financial aid consortium and a Membership committee.
This step depending on how much comes in will determine interest. If not, consequences may be dire! - the status quo will remain which will further weaken and erode our cause.
Solicit thru advertising - The half shekel system. Through the children schools (raffles, pushkes), shules. So that everyone participates and no one claims greater share.
A half shekel would be valued as follows:
In the sefer "midos veshiurei torah" hotzo'os machon keser torah, rechov yitzchok meir hacohen 3, bnei berak, Israel, author chaim p. beinish.
It states that:
1 Shekel Torah, value in silver
1st BH = 16.14 gm, 2nd BH = 17 gm
1 Shekel Talmud
1st BH = 7 gm, 2nd BH = 8.5 gm
1 oz = 28 gm & silver @ $6.00/oz
Lowest = 7gm/28gm x $6/oz = $1.50 Highest = 17/28 x $6 = $3.65 Average would be (1.5+3.65)/2 = $2.50
If inadequate other sources of funds will be sought.
STEP 5 - LAND
(US/IS) - OBTAIN PROPERTY BY PURCHASING NO OPPOSITION
If by acquisition this step will be before Funding.
Either the site or if initially the site availability poses hardships, select a remote place and transport by helicopter, etc.
Ancillary spaces; for shanties. trailers.
STEP 6 - ADMINISTRATIVE
(IS) - SET UP COMMITTEES (WHICH WILL TURN INTO AGENCIES)
To get input.
To make contacts.
Research on how to...
(IS) - SET UP AGENCIES (DIRECTORS, ASST DIRECTORS, CLERICAL, EXPERTS, PROFESSIONALS)
Administration - Plans the project; hires personnel; maintenance
Religious - Details, Furnishings, personnel, ritualisms
Financial - Budget, Estimate time and cost
Planners - Architects, Engineers
Builders - Tradesmen
Materials - Purchasers
THIRD STAGE - FULL SPEED AHEAD
STEP 7 - LABOR AND MATERIAL
(IS) - HIRE EXPERTS (EXPECT 3000 PERSONNEL)
Rabbis (Talmidai Chachomim - 71).
Materials list, manufacturer.
Labor, employment agencies.
STEP 8 - THE BUILDING
A. (IS) - PLAN THE BUILDING
The location, the details, the intricacies.
B. (IS) _ BUILD IT
Demolition (not ofr sacred religious elements, there is enough room, space and place; excavation; foundation; building.
FOURTH STAGE - WE DID IT!
STEP 9 - FINALLY
A. (IS) - PURIFICATION AND CONSECRATION
Furnishings, utensils, personnel, heifers.
B. (IS) - START TEMPLE SERVICES
Priests, Levites, scheduling mamodim, Bedek Habayis (maintenance).