The Torah instructions for the specifics for the Red Heifer are quite clear and any deviation from those standards set forth in Jewish Law automatically disqualifies any candidate, regardless of how infinitesimal those discrepancies may appear to be. So, it is quite understandable that finding an animal in such pristine condition and one raised and cared for exactly as detailed by the Law of Moses is a rarity.
Many have come to believe, at least since the rebirth of the State of Israel in May 1948, that one of the indicators for the time to begin the building of the Third Temple in Jerusalem upon its original spot chosen by King David over 3,000 years ago would be the birth and unveiling of just such a creature. There have been many who believe that another of those indicators is that as that time approached an organization would be in place to be able to reproduce all the implements, decorations, building materials and all things needed to ensure that all the vestments, priestly garments and so on would be ready for service upon completion of the Temple construction. Such an organization was created in 1987. It is called the Temple Institute and is located in Jerusalem, Israel.
"The major focus of the Institute is its efforts towards the beginning of the actual rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Towards this end, the Institute has begun to restore and construct the sacred vessels for the service of the Holy Temple." These vessels, which G-d commanded Israel to create, can be seen today at the Institute's exhibition in Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter. "They are made according to the exact specifications of the Bible, and have been constructed from the original source materials, such as gold, copper, silver and wood. These are authentic, accurate vessels, not merely replicas or models. All of these items are fit and ready for use in the service of the Holy Temple."
Another function of the Temple Institute is to locate a Torah compliant Red Heifer. This hasn't been an easy task since the criteria for such an animal are so precise. There have been many such animals brought to the Institute's attention over the years but all have failed in one area or another, that is possibly until now. Without the ashes of a qualifying Red Heifer there can be no Temple dedication, no final preparation of the sacred vessels used in Temple duties, rites and ceremonies and no purification of the Temple kohanim (priests) who will spend their lives serving in the Temple. The importance of the Red Heifer cannot be understated.
With the recent announcement from the Temple Institute that the right kind of Red Heifer may have been found somewhere in the United States and with all the recent developments on the Temple Mount of late it is understandable why there is an air of excitement in these troubling times that the days of the Muslim Dome of the Rock may be coming to an end and the restoration of the Temple of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is on the horizon.
Watch this interesting and exciting video on the breaking news of the birth and continued care of this Red Heifer: