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Articles, videos and slide shows which have formerly appeared on the Temple Institute
Events page are now listed below for easier access.

AFSI on the Temple Mount: Jerusalem Day, 2010

On Wednesday, May 12 2010, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), Rabbi Chaim Richman led a large contingent of Jews and Gentiles from Americans for a Safe Israel or AFSI as it is known. AFSI is an important, major political support group for Israel, which supports the right of Israelis, free from outside interference, to live, thrive and expand their communities in all of the Land of Israel. AFSI's head is Executive Director Helen Freedman, who participated in this event. The AFSI ascent to the Temple Mount with Rabbi Richman and Yitzchak Reuven has become an annual event in the itinerary of the group's missions to Israel.

The Temple Institute thanks AFSI for their uncompromising principled stand concerning Jewish inalienable rights in the land of Israel in general, and on the Temple Mount, in particular. We look forward to our next ascent together to the Temple Mount.

JERUSALEM DAY 5770

"A song of ascents of David. I rejoiced when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Our feet were standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. The built-up Jerusalem is like a city that was joined together within itself. There ascended the tribes, the tribes of God, testimony to Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there were set thrones for judgment, thrones for the house of David. Request the welfare of Jerusalem; may those who love you enjoy tranquility. May there be peace in your wall, tranquility in your palaces. For the sake of my brethren and my companions, I shall now speak of peace in you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I shall beg for goodness for you." Psalms 122

When Israel liberated the Temple Mount on June 7th, 1967, the prophetic clock began ticking anew. The place where King David and his son Solomon first built the Holy Temple is back in the hands of their descendants. Come what may, the Holy Temple will be rebuilt!

Standing at the foot of the southwest corner of the Temple Mount wall, Rabbi Chaim Richman delivers a passionate paean to Jerusalem and to the once and future glory of the Holy Temple video.

Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day: Reflections by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel

"Tel Aviv - up in flames... Haifa - up in flames... Jerusalem - up in flames..."

Thus begins the dramatic retelling by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and head of the Temple Institute, of his 1967 Six Day War experiences. Fate placed Rabbi Ariel, then a young man, in arguably the most enviable position in the last two thousand years of Jewish history. As one of the paratroopers of the 55th Parachute Brigade that on June 7th, 1967, captured Jerusalem's old city and liberated the Temple Mount, the impact of the events of those history making moments upon the young Rabbi were profound. "What is the meaning of it, that we arrived at this moment, after two thousand years, to this place? The unassailable certainty that we had returned in order to build, that was clear to me."

We urge everyone to take five minutes to view a unique video, produced by the Temple Institute, in which Rabbi Yisrael Ariel paratrooper and founder of the Temple Institute, reflects on his experiences in the Six Day War and the liberation of the Temple Mount. This intensely personal recollection can be view in its original Hebrew, with English subtitles, and with Spanish subtitles. Yom Yerushalayim Sameach - happy Jerusalem Day!

When this letter reaches your hands, I will no longer be among the living. In these, the final moments of my life, I feel compelled to express my thoughts.

I am twenty years old. My dreams of building a family I must abandon, and pictures of my life, from the moment I was born, until this moment, are racing before my eyes…

In these brief moments the soul sees what a man can't see in a lifetime of moments.

Read this heart-rendering letter, penned by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute, in honor of 180 of his fellow paratroopers who fell in the Six Day War's battle for Jerusalem. Click here.

43 Rabbis Ascend the Temple Mount, Marking the 43 Year Anniversary of the Liberation of the Temple Mount

On May 10th, 2010, two days in advance of Jerusalem Day, (Yom Yerushalayim), in which the nation of Israel and its supporters around the world celebrate the anniversary of the day upon which Jerusalem's Old City and Temple Mount were liberated by the Israel Defense Forces on June 8, 1967, (the Hebrew date of 28 Iyar, which falls this year on May 12), forty three leading Rabbis of Israel converged at the gates to the Temple Mount, where they proceeded to ascend the Mount. The number forty three was chosen to symbolize the forty three years since the Mount was liberated. Additional rabbis and members of Knesset joined the group.

For pictures, and to learn more, please click here.

Some months ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced a new government program in which Israel's most cherished and revered sites of national heritage would be receiving special attention for the purpose of refurbishing the sites, improving access to the sites and encouraging people to visit the sites. Yet, inexplicably, the Prime Minister left the Temple Mount, the holiest place on earth, off the list! We have an opportunity to try to correct this grievous omission: Representatives of the Temple Mount Lobby will be meeting next week with the members of Knesset who are the co-chairmen of the parliamentary committee which is overseeing the implementation of the Heritage Site Plan. We aim to present the Knesset members and the Prime Minister with a petition containing no less than 10,000 signatures. Your signature is required! Help us to make change. Help us to put the heart of the nation of Israel back on top of the national agenda. Click here to sign the petition.

We take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to all who participated in Temple Mount Awareness Day, both here in Israel, and across the globe. Thousands of emails and faxes were received at Prime Minister Netanyahu's office, demonstrations were held outside of Israeli consulates in several American cities, and a great buzz of excitement was created. We intend to follow up this day with other Temple Mount Awareness events in the future.

I LOVE THE TEMPLE MOUNT: If you love the Temple Mount and you want to shout it to the world, you can now download the high quality I LOVE THE TEMPLE MOUNT pdf artwork, suitable for framing, for tee-shirts, baseball caps, needlepoints and old fashioned samplers. Let the world know that your heart is with the Temple Mount - home of the Holy Temple! Click here to download.

Integrating Modern Technology into the Holy Temple

WILL MASSIVE DIGITAL SCREENS allow worshippers to observe the work of the Kohen Gadol from a great distance? Will escalators carry pilgrims up to the Temple Mount courtyards? Will special buses designed in such a way that they can't be tainted by spiritual impurity be employed to transport Passover pilgrims and their Pascal offerings? These, and many other fascinating and challenging questions were raised at this year's 29th annual Temple Institute Passover Symposium, under the banner of "Integrating Modern Technology into the Holy Temple."

To learn more and to see pictures from the Symposium, please click here.

The Just-World Hypothesis and the Jewish Problem

Rabbi Chaim Richman

This Tuesday, March 16th, is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. This day marks the day of the dedication of the desert Tabernacle and, according to Jewish tradition, the first day in which the Shechina (the Divine Presence) rested in this world. It was the first day in history of a functioning Temple service and thus it was chosen as the first annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day.

Please click here to read more.

NEWS UPDATE: Temple Mount Awareness Day: This morning, on the First Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day, dozens of Jews and Gentiles gathered together at the foot of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to ascend in reverence and prayer to the holy site. We were denied access by the police, who essentially caved in to Moslem incitement and violence... exactly the insidious pattern that we seek to change, and that the activities of this day were designed to call attention to. However, the crowd remained undaunted and, in a spirit of Temple renewal and activism, gathered around the newly built Golden Menorah to hear encouraging words of Torah wisdom from Rabbi Yisrael Ariel and Rabbi Chaim Richman. The impromtu ceremony concluded with a sanctification of the New Moon of Nisan, and joyous song. We have created a momentum and we will not stop here.

The Temple Institute acknowledges and thanks all those who have contacted the office of the Prime Minister of Israel to protest the situation on the Temple Mount, and urges everyone to continue this vital action.

Phone, fax and email the Prime Minsiter of Israel to demand freedom of worship for all on the Temple Mount. Click here for details.

INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY GUIDE AND POSTER

Download, print, and distribute them! (pdf files)

Guide
Poster

 

A 70 second inspiration and reason to be part of INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY, on March 16th, Rosh Chodesh Nisan. Click here to view.

The festival of destruction continues, as the Moslem Wakf, "guardians" of the Temple Mount, turn ancient cedars of Lebanon which once served as the beams for the Holy Temple that King Solomon built, into firewood. To learn more about this latest outrage, and to see pictures, please click here.

THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY: MARCH 16TH, ROSH CHODESH NISAN

While the people of Israel and the nations of the world are longing for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and awakening to the grave and imminent danger that exists today on the Temple Mount, where non-Moslems are forbidden to pray, where Mosques are being constructed and where destruction of the remnants of the Holy Temple at the hands of the Moslem "custodians" of the Mount, continues apace, the government of Israel has turned a blind and cynical eye to the Temple Mount. It is in our power to change this reality.

Join us on March 16th, (Rosh Chodesh Nisan), for THE FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY. Whether you are living in Israel or you are living abroad, you can participate.

Please click here for more details about the upcoming FIRST ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY.

Unemployment, foreclosures, faltering economy, terrorism, grifters, Presidents Obama's State of the Union Address, and the 16th of March: What do all these things have to do with the building of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem? President Obama and the Holy Temple Today: The answer to all these questions are addressed by Rabbi Chaim Richman in this straight talking five minute video. View it now!

Regarding the Rumor about the Building of the Holy Temple on March 16th, 2010, and the Story that Lies Behind It

Much excitement has been stirred up recently over a two hundred year old prophecy and its apparent upcoming fulfillment. To learn the full story behind the headlines, please click here.

REALITY CHECK: In the current global atmosphere of intimidation, capitulation, confusion, weariness, and cynicism, one thing remains true: The Temple Institute is steadfast in our goal: the building of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah, Jerusalem. Please click here for a timely message.

 

Official Statement of the Temple Institute

The Temple Institute strongly protests the use of its name and that of Rabbi Chaim Richman in a series of fraudulent press releases and advertising claims that are now circulating on the Internet.

The Temple Institute has no relationship with Kinti Mining Group, "Supriem David Rockefeller," Frank Love, or the "Temple Now Project." The claims made by these men, that they are working “in strict co ordinance with the Temple Institute and Rabbi Hiam Richman (sp),” are false and malicious, and their apparent intentions are to take advantage of the Temple Institute’s sincere supporters and rob them of funds.

The Temple Institute hereby reiterates and reassures its friends and supporters that these groups and inviduals are not authorized to represent the Institute or to speak in its name, and neither are they empowered or sanctioned in any way to solicit or collect funds designated for the Holy Temple, in any manner whatsoever. All such claims are false.

Please be advised that the website of the Temple Institute (www.templeinstitute.org) and its official Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/reqs.php#!/pages/Jerusalem-Israel/The-Temple-Institute/22738684968?ref=ts) should be considered the only authorized and official sources of authentic news from the Temple Institute. The public should consider any news reports or claims which are not featured at those sites to be false.

For an in-depth expose of the Kinti Mining Group “Supriem David Rockefeller” hoax, please click here.

WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE PREMIER OF AN ALL-NEW VIDEO TEACHING SERIES, by Rabbi Chaim Richman. Entitled, "THE PRIESTLY GARMENTS," this series, based on a wealth of Jewish sources, from the Bible to the Baal Shem Tov, studies the physical details of the Priestly Garments and the spiritual powers they embody. Citing from midrashic and halachic sources together, Rabbi Richman brings these unique and holy garments alive. Drawing from years of research by the Temple Institute, and the Institute's own recreation of the golden garments of the High Priest, and current manufacture of the garments of the lay priests, you will experience, first-hand, actual preparations taking place today, for the renewal of the Divine service in the Holy Temple. To view the series introduction, please click here.

Sheikh Prof. Abdul Hadi Palazzi, the leader of the Italian Muslim Assembly and co-founder and co-chairman of the Islam-Israel Fellowship, paid a surprise visit to the Temple Institute's Exhibition of Holy Temple Vessels in Jerusalem's Old City on December 30th, 2009.

Sheikh Palazzi believes that the authentic teachings of Muhammad as expressed in the Qur'an and the Hadith instruct Moslems to support the return of the Jewish nation to its historic homeland in Israel, and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

The Sheikh's credentials are impeccable, having received his Islamic education from leading mainstream Saudi Arabian and Egyptian Sunni institutions. Highly controversal in today's Islamic milieu, Sheikh Palazzi is nevertheless widely recognized as one of the leading Moslem experts today. A long time supporter of Israel, he is a self-described "Zionist Moslem."

Sheikh Palazzi's visit to the Temple Institute and his own religious identification with the building of the Holy Temple is welcome proof that the religion of Islam need not be at loggerheads with the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy. "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 57:6)

 

THREE DAYS IN TEVET: Events which took place long ago on the 8th, 9th, and 10th of Tevet, illuminate those difficulties which the nation of Israel needs to overcome today in order to advance towards her promised destiny - the building of the Holy Temple, and the bringing of G-d's light into the world.

To view this urgent message, please click here.

 

FROM THE 6 DAY WAR TO HE 6TH DAY OF CHANUKA STLL NO FREEDOM OF WORSHIP FOR JEWS: Thursday, December 17: The ascent to the Temple Mount of a large assembly of Jews was prevented early this morning by the Israel police. The police provided no reason for their arbitrary decision. When pressed for an explanation the police response was contradictory and factually incorrect. At one point police responded that the Mount was closed due to the Moslem new year. Other police officials, when asked about this, stated that they were not aware of any Moslem holiday. (The Moslem new year, a one-day celebration, occurs, in fact, on Friday.)

IN THE SIX DAY WAR OF JUNE, 1967, Israel liberated the eastern half of Jerusalem, and with it, the Temple Mount. Soon after, the government of Israel annexed eastern Jerusalem and extended Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount. Israeli law guarantees freedom of worship for all religions, and freedom of access to holy places. The government of Israel has traditionally stated, time and again, in international forums, with a great deal of justifiable pride, that freedom of worship is a reality in Israel, including Jerusalem, despite the existential threat that Israel faces at the hands of rejectionist Islam.

YET, EVER SINCE MOSHE DAYAN, then Defense Minister, handed over to the Moslem Authority, (within days after the Mount's liberation), responsibility for the every day running of the Temple Mount, successive Israeli governments have systematically refused to apply Israeli law to the Mount. Jews are not granted freedom of access, nor are they granted freedom of worship on the Mount. Their freedom to enter the Temple Mount is routinely denied by the Israel police, and this in spite of High Court rulings on behalf of the would be worshippers. For reasons never discussed, let alone explained, the Israel police are given a free hand to hold the High Court of Justice in contempt.

THE POLICE HAVE ADOPTED a curiously proactive stand in denying the rights of Jewish worshippers, routinely exhibiting provocative behavior toward the Jews, in a barely disguised attempt to incite them to violence, at which point the police could then "respond" with greater violence, justifying the closure of the Temple Mount to Jews, and ride the expected wave of media reports of "fringe elements" and "radicals who are contemptuous of the state of Israel," further hurting the image and the cause of the Jews seeking only their basic rights.

UNFORTUNATELY, individuals and organizations which style themselves as defenders of the downtrodden and guardians of our liberty, fail to see the danger in the blind eye that they exhibit toward the trampling of basic rights which take place at the foot of the Temple Mount. For whatever reason these various champions of individual liberty decide not to apply their universal principles to the Jews who wish to pray on the Mount, their thundering indifference ultimately endangers the liberty of all.

SO WE WHO SIMPLY wish to pursue our privilege and responsibility as Jews by ascending the Mount and praying on that spot, are caught between a rock and a hard place. If we remain silent in the face of the continuing injustice, we become, in fact, accomplices to it. If we allow ourselves to be taunted and badgered into a violent response we will likewise become accomplices to a crime committed against ourselves. Nor can protest be expected to be heard by an establishment that long ago turned a deaf ear to our plight. Only the thunder of many feet arriving every day at the gates to the Temple Mount will be heard by those who wish not to hear. Only the hush of prayer on the lips of thousands of Jewish worshippers atop the Temple Mount will shatter the conspiracy of silence against G-d, against the people of Israel, and against the nations of the world.

ON AUGUST 28TH, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King stood before his nation, and quoting from the prophet Isaiah, declared that he had a dream. We too have a dream, and we too quote from the prophet Isaiah. We dream of the day that Jews living in the land of Israel will not be denied their right to pray as Jews upon the Temple Mount, just as all other worshippers are allowed to pray in their holy places in the land of Israel, and that some day, the destiny of the human spirit, as enunciated by Isaiah for all time, will be realized: "for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)

 

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute was among those who arrived early Thursday morning, intending to ascend the Mount. He stated:

“Every freedom-loving person should cry out at this grave trampling of basic Jewish rights in the Jewish homeland. This is the time to act. The Temple Mount is the very essence of our lives. It is the core of the Chanuka saga. To willfully separate our people from their heritage, as a government policy, and this during the height of the holiday which commemorates Jewish religious freedom in our own land and the purification of this very place from foreign domination – it’s just mind-boggling. Yet not a word is spoken in defense of our most basic human rights and this attack on Jewish dignity and the honor of the G-d of Israel. There is a direct connection between the building freeze in Judea and Samaria, and the “freeze” on the Holy Temple. How can we expect to build up our homes in the Land of Israel when we disregard the main home, the Holy Temple? Can’t anyone connect the dots?”

This Thursday join us and many others as we rediscover the spiritual beauty and bond between the Temple Mount and the people of Israel. Explore the odyssey of the Chashmonean priests who led Israel to victory against the Greek occupiers and oppressors, and rekindle the passion that brought them back against all odds to this, the holiest place on earth.

Discover for yourselves the pure joy of performing the commandment of mora Mikdash - showing reverence to G-d at the site of His Holy Temple - simply by being present, in body and in soul, on the Temple Mount.

The Mount is open between the hours of 7:30 - 10:00 AM, and 12:30 - 1:30 PM on Thursday. (We encourage morning ascenders to arrive promptly between 7:30 - 8:00.)

Experienced guides will be present. Ascenders will be meeting at the foot of the Moghrabi (Rambam) Gate ramp directly to the south of the Western Wall Plaza.

The ascents are conducted in strict accordance with halacha. For information on how to properly prepare to ascend the Mount, please click here.

We are happy to answer additional questions.

Thursday's ascent is being conducted by the Temple Institute in association with other Temple Mount organizations.

Two years ago this week, the golden menora created by the Temple Institute was moved from the Kardo closer to its intended destination - the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple itself - may it be rebuilt soon in our days. To learn more about this historic happening, and to view photographs of the menora being prepared for transport, click here.

To see photographs of the menora being moved, click here.

To see photographs of the rededication ceremony of the Golden Menora, in its new location, which took place on the seventh night of Chanuka, (Tevet 2/December 10), click here.

To view a stunning video documentary of the entire event, click here.

 

In the spirit of global greening, and in order to cut back on postal expenses, beginning Sunday, November 8th, the Temple Institute will be sending to our online donors their monthly message from Rabbi Chaim Richman and their receipts by email, and no longer by surface mail. This will be in the form of a scanned attachment. If you still wish to receive your receipt by surface mail, you can designate so on our online donation form, or simply send us an email.

Your support is always welcomed and appreciated!

843 years ago the Rambam, (Maimonides) ascended the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where he offered up prayer to the Creator of the Universe. Today, the mere mention of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount causes the Moslems clerics to incite their followers to violence, igniting the Temple Mount.

Ascending the Temple Mount and showing reverence to to G-d in the place of His Holy Temple, is a positive commandment expressed in the Torah. Known in Hebrew as "mora haMikdash" this commandment is as applicable today as was in the Rambam's day.

No amount of violence and naysaying can sever the eternal bond between the nation of Israel and the place G-d chose for His Holy House. Two thousand years of unbroken tradition have preserved the precise knowledge of the location of the Holy Temple, and the adjacent areas permissible to enter.

The Rambam possessed this knowledge. So do we.

Only one way exists today to preserve and strengthen our bond to the place of the Holy Temple: to ascend and to pray, as the Rambam did. Doing so will not create turmoil, but tranquility; not war, but peace.

Join us on the Mount.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Let me say this very clearly," said the police source, who asked to remain unnamed. "We have no contacts whatsoever with these groups or with their rabbis, and they can make their calls [for Jews to go up to the Temple Mount] as much as they want - that's fine.

"But we have nothing to say to them, except that the status quo on the Temple Mount will not change - period. The police have never allowed [Jewish] prayer on the mount - it wasn't allowed [when the Temple Mount came under Israeli control] in 1967, it's not allowed now, and it won't be allowed [in the future]."

(from The Jerusalem Post, 27.10.09)

Some people maintain that Israel can't be both a Jewish state and a democratic state. Some say it can only be democratic at the risk of losing its Jewish identity, and some say that it can only be Jewish at the risk of losing its democratic nature. But the Israel Police have outflanked everyone. They say that Israel can't be Jewish and it also can't be democratic! It would be risible if it didn't cry out to the heavens!

The Public Security Minister of Israel is Yitzhak Aharonovitch. If you would like to contact his office directly in order to make your thoughts known concerning the right of Jews (and other non-Moslems) to pray on the Temple Mount, the Bureau of the Minister of Public Security can be reached at sar@mops.gov.il

The Temple Institute has revived the ancient craft of altar building, rooted in the land of Israel. Our sages have bequeathed us with precise instructions and descriptions of the particular materials to be used, including the type of stones and the recipe for the manufacture of the mortar to hold the stones. Reclaiming this knowledge and relearning the methods and skills required involved hands on experimentation and investigation. The Temple Institute is currently exploring a number of traditions handed down by our sages describing different methods of construction.

The Temple Institute introduces the newest phase of a comprehensive and revolutionary project whose intended purpose is the construction of a large stone altar, (mizbeach), whose ultimate destiny is to be transported to its proper location on the Temple Mount, when the historic opportunity arises.

To learn about our newest stone altar initiative, and to see photographs, please click here.

843 years ago this Shabbat, Moshe ben Maimon, (Maimonides), made his historic journey from North Africa to the land of Israel and to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where he fulfilled the Torah commandment of showing reverence to G-d in the place of His Holy Temple. To read Maimonides' own words describing his impressions and expressions of gratitude, click here.

Jewish Rights and Responsibilities on the Temple Mount

  • Why are Jews discriminated against on the Temple Mount?
  • Why are religious Jews profiled and singled out for body-searches before being allowed on the Temple Mount?
  • Why are religious Jews not allowed to carry prayerbooks or to pray on the Temple Mount?
  • Why are Jews on the Temple Mount kept in small groups and accompanied constantly by the Israeli police and hired "security agents" of the Moslem Wakf?
  • How come when Moslem preachers incite against Israel and the Jews, and as a result Moslems riot on the Mount and stone policeman and Jews, the Jews are prevented from entering the Mount, and some Israeli politicians blame the very Jews whose rights have been violated?
  • Why does the Supreme Court of Israel refuse to uphold the law and the basic human rights of Jews on the Temple Mount?

Jews have the G-d-given right and the responsibility to be on the Temple Mount. On Sunday, October 25, the 843rd anniversary of Maimonides historic ascent to the Temple Mount, Temple Mount activists will be meeting in Jerusalem to discuss these issues, and much more. The conference will take place at 7:00 PM in the Heichal Shlomo Hall. Click here to learn more.

There is no time better spent than the time we spend in the sukkah, and this remarkable spiritual odyssey begins with the building of the sukkah. Join Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven as they build their classic Jerusalem sukkah. Along the way the Rabbi shares his pearls of Torah wisdom. Chock-full of adventure, breathtaking insights, and occasional mishap, you will not want to miss a minute of this timeless documentary. Truly a must-see!

This 28 minute video can be viewed in full on UniversalTorah.com, or in three parts, (high quality) on youTube.com.

A Short Yom Kippur Message from Rabbi Chaim Richman

If you've ever made a mistake, watch this short message.

If you ever wished you could simply delete all the errors you made in your life, watch this video.

If you ever dreamed of a new beginning, guaranteed, no questions asked, this short video is for you.

If your heart is sincere, and you're willing simply to show up, to make a difference in your own life, and to get down to the task of being who you know you can be, this year will be the best year of your life. Click to view. G'mar Chatima Tova - May you be sealed in the Book of Life!

ON THE NEXT-TO-LAST DAY OF 5769, (September 17, 2009), Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, the Israeli Government's Minister of Science and Technology, paid a visit to the Temple Institute. Click here to learn more.

Jewish Response to the Obama Cairo Speech

On June 4, 2009, President Barack H. Obama delivered a speech in Cairo, Egypt, that contained a distorted view of the Jewish people's historical ties to the land of their forefathers, the land of Israel.

This video is a response.

This video is also available with subtitles for the hearing impaired.

"THIS IS THE DAY WHICH HASHEM HAS MADE; WE WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT."
(Psalms 118:24)

The Temple Institute is very pleased to announce the completion of the bezichin - the two golden frankincense vessels which were placed continually upon the golden table of the showbread in the Kodesh sanctuary of the Holy Temple. To see photographs and to learn more about the role the bezichin played in the Divine service, please click here.

To view a short video introducing the two golden frankincense vessels, please click here.

Jerusalem Day Radio Interview with Rabbi Chaim Richman 

On his way back to Israel from a rewarding visit to the USA, Rabbi Chaim Richman found time to deliver a press conference at JFK Airport in New York City. Immediately upon arriving in the holy land, Israel National Radio's Yishai Fleisher tracked down the Rabbi for a Jerusalem Day radio interview. Click here.

"On the day of the first month, on the first of the month, you shall set up the Mishkan of the Tent of Meeting." (Exodus 40:2)

On the first day of the month of Nissan, the mishkan - tabernacle - was consecrated and the Divine service initiated. On the first day of this very month, "the first of months" (Exodus 12:2), in which the children of Israel emerged as a free nation from Egyptian bondage just one year earlier, G-d presides over the completion of His creation as the mishkan is established, creating a place for His presence to dwell in this world. The joy of the Holy One, blessed be He, is the supernal and sublime joy that permeates the entire month of Nissan, and reverberates throughout the created world. The cosmic symphony known as springtime - Aviv - is nature's paean to G-d's delight in the perfection of His creation. The salvation of His people from the degradation of Egypt in this month of Nissan, this month of nissim - miracles - is the ultimate expression of G-d's abiding sovereignty over the world that He created.

May we soon fulfill the purpose for which we were miraculously redeemed from slavery and brought into the land that He promised - the land of Israel. May we soon build His Holy Temple, sing again the songs of King David in the Temple courtyards, and bring once more offerings upon the altar!

This beautiful harp (nevel in Hebrew) was recently donated to the Temple Institute. The harp was hand-crafted by the renowned Jerusalem craftsman Micha Harrari, who, together with his wife Shoshanna, revived the ancient art of harp making in the land of Israel some twenty years ago. The nevel pictured above was made out of native Israeli Rosewood, and features twenty-two strings, the number of letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

Among the many instruments played in the Holy Temple, only the silver trumpets were specifically commanded by Torah. The book of Psalms mentions a number of instruments which were used by the Levites to accompany the Divine service, the nevel (which throughout the Psalms and Jewish tradition is associated with King David) being one of them. Since fewer halachic requirements were placed on the types of instruments used, musicians and instrument makers alike were granted a certain degree of artistic freedom, and many different and exotic instruments were performed upon throughout the year in the Holy Temple. The musical highlight of the year took place during the Sukkot festival, on the occasion of the Simchat Beit haShoeva celebration (the Festival of the Water Libation). Maimonides describes the number of instruments being played throughout the all-night festivities as "countless." In addition to the Levitical musicians, other accomplished artists were also invited to join in.

The Temple Institute takes this opportunity to publicly express its heartfelt thanks to the person who made this generous donation. It is our prayer that the ultimate beneficiaries of the new Rosewood nevel will be the Levitical Temple performers, and all who gather together to honor and praise the G-d of Israel, Whose presence dwells in the Holy Temple.

An ancient tradition of visiting the Holy Temple on the eve of one's wedding has been revived in our days. The day leading up to one's chatunah - wedding - is, for the bride and groom, a day of introspection, deep thoughts, and teshuvah - repentance. What better place on earth to prepare spiritually for these goals than the Temple Mount in Jerusalem? Click here to view pictures.

"An altar of earth you shall make for Me, and you shall slaughter beside it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. Wherever I allow My name to be mentioned, I will come to you and bless you." Exodus 20:21

On the 9th of Av, 5769, (2009), the Temple Institute began the construction of the stone altar. When completed, this altar will be ready to be transported to the Temple Mount, where the Divine service will be renewed. This six-minute video provides background information and first hand impressions of perhaps the most significant step taken yet towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the renewal of the Divine service.

"I will bring them to My holy mount, and I will cause them to rejoice in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." Isaiah 56:7

Click here to view the video.

To learn more about building the altar, and to see pictures, please click here.

To see news articles describing the event, please click here, and here.

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"And when you make for Me an altar of stones, you shall not build them of hewn stones, lest you wield your sword upon it and desecrate it." Exodus 20:22

 

Building a Holy Temple begins with the first stone. With this in mind, the Temple Institute has embarked upon building the mizbeach - the stone altar. Stones have been gathered from an area of the Dead Sea, where it can be safely verified that no metal tool has ever touched the stones' surfaces. The stones were then wrapped so as to guarantee that they would not come in contact with metal as they were transported to the community of Mitzpe Yericho, east of Jerusalem.

There the stones are to be assembled with specially prepared cement. The altar will be small in scale, but within the dimensions required by halacha, (Jewish law), and will be fit for use. However, the altar can only be used in its proper location on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The altar's small size will facilitate its quick transport to Jerusalem at the first possible opportunity.

The altar is being constructed on Tish'a b'Av, the day that the nation of Israel fasts in commemoration of the destruction of the first and second Holy Temple. Observing the fast day does not preclude making preparations for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. On the contrary, there is no better occassion than the 9th of Av for buiding the altar upon which the Divine service will be renewed. To learn more about building the altar, and to see pictures, please click here.

To see news articles describing the event, please click here, and here.

Tish'a b'Av - 5769 - Atop the Temple Mount

On the morning of the fast of Tish'a b'Av commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple built by King Solomon at the hands of the Babylonians, and the later destruction of the Holy Temple rebuilt by the returning exiles from Babylon, and later refurbished by King Herod, at the hand of the Romans, over one hundred fasting Jews went up to the Temple Mount.

On this day, atop the Mount which at this early hour was almost entirely unpeopled other than the Jewish worshippers, amidst the Moslem edifices and continuing construction/destruction, (see pictures), we reflected not only on the past, but could see the future before our very eyes, more palpable than ever.

A new poll involving religious, traditional and secular Israels reveals strong across-the-board support for rebuilding the Holy Temple. For more details, click here.

9th of Av: Israel IBA News Interviews Rabbi Chaim Richman

Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute talks about the 9th of Av, the Holy Temple, its importance to the entire world, and the moral and spiritual imperative to build the Temple now! Click here to view.

1939 years ago the Holy Temple was destroyed. Read about its last moments, about the customs that developed over the centuries to remember the Temple by, and the various attempts throughout history to rebuild the Holy Temple. Click here.

Dare to Dream/Dare to Build

As we enter the month of Av we intensify our tradition of mourning for the Holy Temple, but are we really in touch with what we are mourning for? Are we ready to put an end to the mourning forever? The real people of Israel are ready, and poised in their hearts to rise up and build the Holy Temple. Obama may be calling for a building freeze in Jerusalem, but the Jewish heart is burning to build! See for yourselves... (2 minute video inspiration)

The 17th day of the month of Tammuz begins the three week period of mourning during which the nation of Israel increasingly occupies its thoughts with the Holy Temple. The 17th of Tammuz marks a dawn-to-dark fast day. The three week period ends with its climax on the 9th day of Av, the date of the destruction of both Holy Temples, observed as a 25 hour fast. These three weeks are also marked by the observance of various customs of mourning, which progressively intensify in stages from the beginning of the month of Av.

While Jewish law specifically designates this time period as one of mourning, the appellation may be misleading. When a family suffers a loss, the Jewish mourning customs help the mourners to come to grips with their loss, to work their way through it, both physically, spiritually, and emotionally, and ultimately to enable the mourners to return to the fullness of their lives. They are unable to make that return until they "get over" their loss.

These three weeks take on the various aspects of mourning, however, with quite the opposite intention. We are never supposed to "get over" this loss! Mourning the loss of the Holy Temple each year is intended to jar us into realizing that our lives as Jews, as human beings on this earth, cannot and will not return to the fullness that G-d has intended for us, so long as the Holy Temple is not standing on its destined spot on Mount Moriah, and the Divine Service has not been reinstated.

The purpose of the three weeks is not to provide a convenient means with which we can compartmentalize our suffering the loss of the Holy Temple. As Jews and as righteous Gentiles we must use these days for taking personal stock, and for recommitting ourselves toward realizing the vision of Isaiah: " ...and My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 57:6). Two video teachings by Rabbi Chaim Richman about the month of Tammuz and the fast of the seventeenth are now available online. Both were originally posted one year ago, and both remain relevant and meaningful today.

A Light to the Nations 26 minute teaching entitled, "The Tammuz Special," can be viewed, (or listened to), here.

An eight minute interview entitled, "Understanding the Fast of the 17th of Tamuz," with Rabbi Richman can be viewed here.

Ascending the Temple Mount: A Brief Guide: For the first time, we have published online a brief summary of pertinent halacha (requirements of Torah law) and guidelines for ascending to the Temple Mount (aliya) in purity. While not intended to be a substitute for in-depth study or at the very least, consultation with a Torah scholar who is acknowledged to be an expert in this highly specialized, often neglected subject, this guide will introduce the potential pilgrim to the basic do's and don'ts of proper conduct upon the Temple Mount. Click here to view.

Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day: Reflections by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel

"Tel Aviv - up in flames... Haifa - up in flames... Jerusalem - up in flames..." Thus begins the dramatic retelling by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and head of the Temple Institute, of his 1967 Six Day War experiences. Fate placed Rabbi Ariel, then a young man, in arguably the most enviable position in the last two thousand years of Jewish history. As one of the paratroopers of the 55th Parachute Brigade that on June 7th, 1967, captured Jerusalem's old city and liberated the Temple Mount, the impact of the events of those history making moments upon the young Rabbi were profound. "What is the meaning of it, that we arrived at this moment, after two thousand years, to this place? The unassailable certainty that we had returned in order to build, that was clear to me."

We urge everyone to take five minutes to view a unique video, produced by the Temple Institute, in which Rabbi Yisrael Ariel paratrooper and founder of the Temple Institute, reflects on his experiences in the Six Day War and the liberation of the Temple Mount. This intensely personal recollection can be view in its original Hebrew, with English subtitles, and with Spanish subtitles. Yom Yerushalayim Sameach - happy Jerusalem Day!

When this letter reaches your hands, I will no longer be among the living. In these, the final moments of my life, I feel compelled to express my thoughts.

I am twenty years old. My dreams of building a family I must abandon, and pictures of my life, from the moment I was born, until this moment, are racing before my eyesÉ

In these brief moments the soul sees what a man can't see in a lifetime of moments.

Read this heart-rendering letter, penned by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute, in honor of 180 of his fellow paratroopers who fell in the Six Day War's battle for Jerusalem. Click here.

SEFIRAT HA'OMER - COUNT FOR YOURSELVES:
FORTY-NINE DAYS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR WORLD

The forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot,
(between leaving Egypt and receiving Torah at Sinai),
are days laden with awesome spiritual potential.

The opportunity for growth is ours for the taking.

The Temple Institute celebrates the 49 days,
and invites everyone to take one minute
and view our Sefirat Ha'Omer inspirational video.

THE SUN ALSO RISES - AND THE HOLY TEMPLE SHALL BE REBUILT: The fourteenth day off Nissan, 5769, hosted two events for the nation of Israel, birkat hachama - the blessing of the sun, and the bringing of the korban Pesach - the Pascal offering. The former event, due to its rarety, (once every 28 years), has grabbed all the headlines and the hearts of the Jewish people. But in reality, the latter event, the korban Pesach, is a central expression of Israel's faith in G-d, as expressed by Torah. Yet little attention is being given today to the korban Pesach. The people of Israel are not arriving in droves to the Temple Mount, their designated Pascal offerings in tow. Why is this?

In this interview conducted by Israel National News with Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Richman explains the historic disconnect which has transpired between the Jewish people and the Holy Temple, as a result of two thousand years of exile. The Rabbi further describes the transformation which is currently taking place among the children of Israel, and why the growing Temple consciousness gives him confidence that the day will come soon when the Holy Temple will be rebuilt.

"You shall make holy garments for your brother Aharon,
for honor and glory."
(Exodus 28:2)

This week's Torah reading of Tetzave, in which the garments of the high priest are fashioned in accordance with G-d's word, is a perfect opportunity to study once again the bigdei kehuna - the priestly garments. As you know, the Temple Institute, as in the days of the generation of the desert, has sought out the "wise hearted, who [G-d] has filled with the spirit of wisdom," (Exodus 27:3), and have recreated many of the high priest's garments. Click here for an in-depth pictorial study.

"And they will build Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst." (Exodus 25:8)

This week's Torah reading of Terumah, (Exodus 25:1-27:19), features the crystal clear and eternal commandment to the children of Israel to build for G-d a sanctuary - a Holy Temple. The fulfillment of this commandment is an obligation upon us today every bit as much as it was an obligation for the generation of the desert, and for every generation that has come between.

The Temple Institute was founded twenty two years ago upon the message of these words, for the purpose of promulgating these words, researching, investigating and disseminating this sacred imperative, this urgent call to the children of Israel who have returned to the land of their forefathers to take up their sacred responsibility and engage at once in the building of a house for G-d.

As we dispel ignorance and increase knowledge we are witness to more and more Jewish men and women, young and old, whose hearts are reawakening with the desire and yearning for the Holy Temple and the Divine service to be returned to the heart of the nation of Israel's relationship with the Almighty and the center of daily life and worship.

Righteous Gentiles are also becoming part of the historic and prophetic calling for the restoration of the sovereign nation of Israel in the land promised her by G-d, and the renewal of the Divine service in the place where He chose: Jerusalem.

We take this opportunity upon the annual reading of Exodus 25:8, "And they will build Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst," to restate our commitment to the fulfillment of this commandment, vital to the spiritual wellbeing of all mankind:

"Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:7)

(We have utilized the popular US World War I recruiting poster designed by James Montgomery Flagg in order to illustrate the straightforward nature of the Torah commandment, "Build Me a sanctuary." The three words, "I WANT YOU," with the outstretched finger of the guileless Uncle Sam pointing directly at the observer graphically embodies the very straightforward message of the Biblical command.)

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Two New Video Features:

RETURN TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Rabbi Chaim Richman and the director of the Temple Institute, discuss the growing movement of Jews ascending the Temple Mount for the purpose of fulfilling the commandment of morat haMikdash - showing reverence for G-d at the site of His Holy Temple.

The two discuss the police presence on the Mount, as well as the rekindling of longing for the Holy Temple amongst the people of Israel. Click here to view.

 

ISRAEL, THE NATIONS, AND THE COMING REDEMPTION: On his recent teaching tour in the United States, Rabbi Richman addressed an audience in Abilene, Texas, on January 14th, 2009. Watch and listen to his powerful message concerning recent Torah portions as he explains the theme of Redemption in the context of Israel’s defensive actions in Gaza - and explains our role in hastening the Redemption. Click here to view.

THE 24TH OF TEVET, (January 20, 2009), was yet another history making day for the Temple Institute and for the entire people of Israel. On this day thirty members of the "Rinat Yisrael" Synagogue in Teaneck, New Jersey ascended the Temple Mount in order to pray on behalf of IDF soldiers wounded in "Cast Lead" - the name of the war that has been waged these past three weeks in Gaza. The group arrived in Israel with the expressed purpose of prayer in the place of the Holy Temple. The worshippers were led by Rabbi Yosef Adler, and were escorted up to and around the Mount by the director of the Temple Institute.

THIS WAS ONE OF MANY GROUPS brought up to the Temple Mount by the Temple Institute, since the beginning of the war in Gaza, in order to pray in the very place where Torah commands us to pray, for the speedy and complete recovery of soldiers and civilians wounded in the "Cast Lead" operation. Each group receives complete instruction concerning the halachic requirements for ascending the Mount and performing the mitzvah of morat haMikdash - showing proper reverence for the site of the Holy Temple.

ON MONDAY, JANUARY 19th, 50 G-d fearing Jews from Haifa ascended the Mount, as did soldier/students from Hesder Yeshivah under the guidance of Rav Zini and Rabbi Moshe Tendler, son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, (z'l).

THIS MORNING, in addition to the group from Teaneck, some 15 students from Yeshivat Shalom Bonaich also ascended the Mount.

ALL THESE GROUPS, as well as the many other groups who travelled from across the land of Israel and from afar, ascended the Mount in the framework of the "TIGHT CONNECTION TO MY HEART" project, which educates, encourages and enables aliya - ascension - to the Temple Mount, in strict accordance with halachah, (Jewish law).

TODAY, JANUARY 20th, the attention of the world is focused on Washington marking the historic events transpiring there. But here in the heart of Jerusalem, upon the Temple Mount itself, the very spot chosen by G-d for His house, real change is taking place, as Jews, for the first time in modern history, are arriving in large numbers, and praying openly. This truly is change that we can live with.

Please click here to see more pictures.

If you are interested in learning more about the "TIGHT CONNECTION TO THE HEART" program, please contact us.
Praying on Behalf of our Soldiers and our Nation atop the Temple Mount

Since the beginning of the "Cast Lead" counter offensive into Gaza, hundreds of Jews have ascended the Temple Mount and there prayed for the success of the Israel Defense Forces and the speedy recovery of wounded soldiers. These worshippers have been brought in organized groups to the Mount under the auspices of the "TIGHT CONNECTION TO THE HEART" program being run by the Temple Institute in conjunction with other Temple Mount organizations.

Among the groups which have ascended the Mount since the beginning of the Gaza campaign, two and a half weeks ago, have been students from the Nir Yeshivot, Kefar Chasidim, Chitzim, and residents from Netanya, Giv'at Shmuel, Chashmonaim, Dolev, Yitzar, Mitzpe Yericho, and Kiryat Arba.

The organizations participating in running the "TIGHT CONNECTION TO THE HEART" program include the Temple Institute, El Har HaMor, and The Movement for the Establishment of the Holy Temple.

The director of the Temple Institute points out that many leading rabbis have, in light of the difficult times Israel finds herself in, called upon the expansion of the program to enable even greater numbers of worshippers up to the Temple Mount.

The director of the Temple Institute further points out the scriptural basis for ascending the Mount in troubled times to beseech Divine intervention on behalf of Israel, quoting the words of King Solomon, upon the inauguration of the first Holy Temple:

"Yet have You respect unto the prayer of Your servant, and to his supplication, O HaShem my G-d, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer which Your servant prays before You this day; that Your eyes may be open toward this house night and day, even toward the place of where You have said: My name shall be there; to hearken unto the prayer which Your servant shall pray toward this place." (I Kings 8:28-29)

"If Your people go out to battle against their enemy, by whatsoever way You shall send them, and they pray unto HaShem toward the city which You have chosen, and toward the house which I have built for Your name; then hear You in heaven their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their cause." (ibid 8:44-45)

The ascents to the Temple Mount are conducted in strict accordance with halachah, (Jewish law). If you are interested in participating in the "TIGHT CONNECTION TO THE HEART" program, please contact us.

Chanukah 5769:
100's of Jews Converge on the Temple Mount

"Let us go up to the house of the L-rd:" Hundreds of Jews visited the Temple Mount during the eight days of the Chanukah holiday. The visits were made possible through the Temple Institute's new program designed to encourage and enable Jews to visit the Mount and fulfill the commandment of mora'a haMikdash - showing reverence to G-d at the site of the Holy Temple. Interested in learning more about Project Let Us Go Up to the House Of The L-rd? Contact us.

 

Professor Yisrael Aumann, 2005 Nobel Prize Laureate, Pays a Visit to the Temple Institute

Sir Isaac Newton, the father of modern physics, exerted great intellectual effort in an attempt to unlock lost secrets contained in the dimensions of the Holy Temple that stood in Jerusalem. And just this week, the week of Chanukah, the eight day festival celebrating the rededication of the second Temple, 2005 Nobel laureate Yisrael Aumann paid a visit to the Temple Institute's "Treasures of the Holy Temple" exhibition in Jerusalem's old city. Click for more.

MEET RABBI YITZCHAK KOGEN FROM JERUSALEM. At 82 years old, he is the most senior of the thirty kohanim - priests - who have now received their bigdei kehunah - priestly garments - being produced by the Temple Institute. The garments are designed and manufactured in accordance with biblical requirements and are suitable to be worn by the priests while performing the Divine service in the Holy Temple. These garments are being sold only to kohanim who can prove that they are of the descendants of Aharon, brother of Moses, and father of the priestly dynasty. The garments are to be worn only for the purpose of performing the Divine service in the Holy Temple.

RABBI KOGEN is here seen at his fitting, as each garment must be custom tailored to each priest. Rabbi Kogen is related to the revered Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagen, commonly known as the Chafetz Chaim, (1838 - 1933). The Chafetz Chaim was also known to have prepared for himself his own priestly garments, in anticipation of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Rabbi Yitzchak Kogen, a holocaust survivor, is an inspiring example of the triumph of life and hope over the dark forces that seek to vanquish all that is good. No doubt, his burning faith that the words of the prophets will be fulfilled, and that the Jewish nation will soon rebuild G-d's Holy Temple, flows in the blood of his priestly lineage.

For more information on the production and purchasing of the priestly garments, please click here.

Chanukah Miracle, 5769: Temple Mount Refuse Reveals Two Coins of Historical Significance

Some 2,200 years after the historic rebellion against the Greek tyrant Antiochus Epiphanes IV who sought to oppress the Jews and forcibly prevent them from observing the Torah, a coin bearing his name and image was unearthed at the Temple Mount rubble archaeological site in Jerusalem, (top image, front and back shown).

The site was established nearly ten years ago, after the Moslem Wakf illegally excavated soil from the Temple Mount and discarded it in a nearby ravine. Following strong protest by concerned citizens, including Israel's top archaeologists, Gabi Barkai and Zachi Zweig, two archaeologists, had the many tons of refuse moved to another site where they began conducting a scientic dig in an attempt to recover remnants of the Holy Temple possibly buried in the refuse. To date, their dig, conducted with the help of thousands of volunteers has unearthed invaluable artifacts from the second Temple period.

A second, no less startling discovery took place at the same time when a fourteen year old volunteer working at the site uncovered a silver half-shekel piece, of the kind described in the book of Exodus, (30:11), and collected among the children of Israel throughout the entire Holy Temple era, for the purpose of funding the public daily offerings at the Holy Temple. The newly discovered half-shekel was minted at the Holy Temple itself, (bottom image, front and back shown).

To view 2nd Temple remnants uncovered previously, please click here. To learn more about the The Temple Mount Antiquities Salvage Operation, please click here.

 

PROJECT LET US GO UP TO THE HOUSE OF THE L-RD

As reported earlier, the Temple Institute is busy creating a new reality on the Temple Mount. After much intensive groundwork, this past month we have begun to see the fruits of our labors. Buses are daily bringing groups of Jews from all over Israel, interested in ascending the Temple Mount in accordance with halachah, and fulfilling the commandment of mora'at haMikdash - showing reverence to G-d at the site of the Holy Temple. This week alone, (the week of December 21), we are bringing to the mount busloads from Yeshivat Har Etzion, Yitzhar, Har Beracha, Kfar Chasidim, Kiryat Arba and more. Already scheduled to go up to the mount in January are groups from Teaneck NJ, Othniel, Shilo, and Ofra.

Stationed at the Moghrabi, (Rambam), entrance to Temple Mount is a guide to whom all questions concerning ascending the mount can be directed. The guide will be present at all times the gate is open for Jews to ascend.

Motzei Shabbat, (Saturday night, December 27), Rabbi Yehoshua Friedman of the Temple Institute will be addressing a large group at Kochav Yaakov concerning the importance of ascending the Temple Mount.

A guide brochure containing necessary information for ascending the mount is presently being prepared. We hope to begin distributing it at the Youth Conference 2 scheduled to take place on Monday, December 28, (the eighth day of Chanukah). The brochure is being readied initially in Hebrew. Additional language translations will soon be available.

Also to be organized at the upcoming conference is the appointment of "ambassadors" assigned to various geographical areas across Israel. They will be charged with the task of spreading the word concerning the importance of visiting the Temple Mount, and also the logistical coordination for bringing large numbers to the mount.

If you have any questions concerning ascending the Temple Mount, or would like specific information about transportation to the mount, Saturday night's planned meeting in Cochav Yaakov, Monday's planned Youth Conference 2, or being an Aliya leHar Habayit ambassador, please contact us.

 

The Temple Institute is at this time in the preliminary stages of pre-publication preparation of the world's first in-depth ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HOLY TEMPLE KNOWLEDGE. Over one thousand entries are included in this revolutionary work. The encyclopedia has been researched and written by the scholars of the Temple Institute's Torah academy. The contents reflect the highest level of scholarship and detail. The publication is copiously illustrated and all of the entries are extensively footnoted from the vast sources of Torah knowledge. For the first time in history, these Temple related topics will be readily available to a vast audience. This encyclopedia has been written in Hebrew, and is currently being translated into English by Rabbi Chaim Richman. For more information, please click here.

Temple Institute Founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel: Recipient of 2008 Israeli Ministry of Education Award for Jewish Culture

On Thursday evening, October 23rd, 2008, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, director of the Temple Institute, received the Yaakov Egerst Memorial Award for Jewish Culture presented by the Israeli Ministry of Education. Rabbi Ariel was a unanimous choice for his work and initiative in establishing and developing the institute.

In awarding the prize, the committee wrote, among other things, "The capital of the Jewish people has always been called Jerusalem, the city of the Temple. The Temple stands at the center of the Jewish experience in the Bible, in the [words of the] Sages and the counting of the commandments, and occupies a central path in Jewish history and the Israeli life cycle. Rabbi Yisrael Ariel took upon himself the illustration of this idea to the public at large. Toward this end, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel established the Institute for Research and Building the Temple, better known as the Temple Institute, about 20 years ago.

"In the course of the years, the institute has gone and developed, and today consists of many arms, including a research institute, an exhibition of Temple utensils, Temple literature, a college and more... The activity of the institute expresses the initiative of an educational and cultural enterprise which is translated into educational and organizational activity, as well as artistic literary activity which has a practical value for the education and knowledge of adults and youth."

The ceremony took place at the Yad Sarah House in Jerusalem.

(excerpted from IsraelNationalNews.)

2000 Years of Silence Come to an End:
Hakhel Ceremony is Performed on the Temple Mount

While the nations of the world are being rocked by financial turbulence and meteorological volatility, in the holy city of Jerusalem history is being written with a steady hand amidst increasing signs that the long awaited redemption is at last drawing near.

Wednesday, October 15th, the first day of Chol Hamoed, (1st day of the intermediate days of Sukkot), the designated day for the biblically commanded Hakhel ceremony: This year over 1000 Jews arrived at the Temple Mount's Moghrabi Gate entrance in order to perform the once-in-seven years commandment. To learn more about this historic event and to see photographs, please click here.

Hakhel 5769: Reconnecting with our Past, Reaching toward our Future

Wednesday, October 15th, the first day of Chol Hamoed, (1st day of the intermediate days of Sukkot), the designated day for the biblically commanded Hakhel ceremony, was a very busy day for both the nation of Israel and the Temple Institute. While conducting an on-the-Temple Mount Hakhel ceremony for the first time in 2000 years, the Temple Institute's entire staff was also busy with last minute preparations for a second Hakhel gathering, this one in the Gan Tekuma park adjacent to the Jewish Quarter inside of Jerusalem's old city walls.

To learn more about the Hakhel celebration and to see pictures of the event, please click here.

 

Reenacting the Hakhel Ceremony

"Then, Moses commanded them, saying, 'At the end of [every] seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Sukkot, [after] the sabbatical year, when all Israel comes to appear before HaShem, your G-d, in the place He will choose you shall read this Torah before all Israel, in their ears. Assemble the people: the men, the women, and the children, and your stranger in your cities, in order that they hear, and in order that they learn and fear HaShem, your G-d, and they will observe to do all the words of this Torah.'" (Deuteronomy 31:10-12)

On Wednesday, October 15th, the first day of Chol HaMoed Sukkot, (the intermediate days of Sukkot), the Temple Institute in cooperation with other Holy Temple and Temple Mount movements will be conducting a reenactment of the Hakhel ceremony first described in Deuteronomy 31:10-12.

The Hakhel ceremony involves the gathering of the entire nation of Israel during the Sukkot festival which occurs at the conclusion of the shmittah, (seven year sabbatical period of rest for the land of Israel), in the courtyards of the Holy Temple, at which the king of the nation of Israel reads to the people of Israel from the Holy Torah.

The Holy Temple is not standing today, nor is there a king in Israel, but Rosh HaShana 5769 has marked the conclusion of the shmittah year, and the Hakhel reenactment will take place. The ceremony will include the reading of Torah passages, the sounding of silver trumpets, (provided by the Temple Institute), and much music. Leading rabbis will address the assembly and popular singers of Torah based songs will provide entertainment. A short film describing the water libation festival which took place in the Holy Temple over the Sukkot festival, will be screened.

The centerpiece of the ceremony will be the unveiling of the just-completed kiyor nechoshet - brass laver, produced by the Temple Institute. (Click here and here to learn about the kiyor nechoshet.) Other recent initiatives of the Temple Intitute, such as the golden crown - tzitz - of the Kohein Gadol - High Priest, priestly garments, and the Kinor David - harp of David, will be on display for all to see.

The ceremony will take place at 4:30 PM, Wednesday, October 15, at Gan Tekuma in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. The public is cordially invited to attend.

 

The Group Who Came From ... India?

 

A few days before their planned Sunday, September 28 visit at the Temple Institute's exhibition of Temple vessels in Jerusalem's Old City, the Institute received a phone call from the travel agent representing a group of 200 Indian tourists. There was nothing unusual about the agent's confirmation call, as the Temple Institute enjoys many visitors from India. Nothing unusual except for one thing: Although it was clear he was referring to the 200 Indian tourists the Institute was expecting, the travel agent kept referring to them as the "Jordanian" group.

In any case, the group arrived, as expected, on Sunday, one day before the Rosh HaShana holiday. Tzipora, the Institute's guide who escorted the group through the exhibition, enthusiastically mentioned various cultural and historical ties between the peoples of India and Israel. She spoke about the many Israeli youngsters who visit India, about the Bnei Menashe northern Indian descendants of the "lost" tribe of Menasseh who are today returning to their Torah roots and making aliya (emigrating) to Israel, and she described how the thread being used by the Institute in its current project to create 120 garments for the lay priests to be used in the Holy Temple service when the Temple is rebuilt, also originates from India, "just like you."

Her words were met with shy smiles and muffled giggles. Tzipora realized as they kept smiling to each other that they indeed had a secret that they weren't sharing. At last they could no longer hold it in - although some in the group were originally from India, the entire group had journeyed to Jerusalem from from one of the Arab Gulf states! The Indians among the group are businessman who have resettled in the Gulf state, and their fellow tourists are native sons and daughters of the Gulf state. They are a church group and were brought to Israel by their pastor and his wife. The Gulf state from which they come has no diplomatic relations with Israel, (which is why the group asked us not to publish the name of the state), and despite the group's fervent desire to visit Israel, it was impossible to arrange for such a visit from their home country. They therefore made travel arrangements for six days in Jordan, for the sole purpose of gaining entry into Israel. On entering into Israel they explained their special circumstances to the Israeli border authorities, who agreed to their request not to stamp their passports.

The Temple Institute, it turns out, was the prime reason for their visit. Back in the Gulf state all websites whose location can be traced to Israel are blocked. The Temple Institute's website's server, however, is located outside of Israel, and is undetected by the government censors. The church group has been using the website as a study tool to learn all that they can about Jerusalem, Israel and Judaism.

The visit, needless to say, was charged with emotion for the two hundred intrepid pilgrims from somewhere on the Arabian peninsula. Bidding farewell with tears in their eyes, many of them put their personal contributions toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple into the gift box at the exhibition.

Under the very noses of the naysayers, the nations of the world are coming together to revive the ancient dream: "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)

 

The group posing with Temple Institute Director.

 

A Torah Scroll for the Holy Temple

The Raveh family, a secular family from Haifa has commissioned the writing of the first Sefer Torah - Torah Scroll - to be placed in the Holy Temple - in remembrance of family members that were murdered during the Holocaust.

The Raveh family asked to write a Torah Scroll in their memory and requested that it should be written specifically for the Holy Temple. The Torah Scroll, say Shoshana and Rafael Reva, is meant to unite the nation and be brought in to the Holy Temple when it will be built.

Family members asked to point out that "the fact that a secular family is preparing a Torah Scroll for the Holy Temple - the first since the destruction of the second Holy Temple, will shatter the myth that there exists divisions within the nation of Israel and will also strengthen and unite the nation, because we are all brothers." The family requested that the ceremony of the opening of writing the Torah Scroll begin at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. Until the Torah Scroll will enter the Holy Temple, it will remain in the Temple Institute and will be used for functions to bond the Jewish nation.

The Temple Institute's founder, Rabbi Israel Ariel, said, "the most central part of the Bet HaMikdash - Holy Temple - is the Holy of Holies, and inside is the Torah Scroll from Moshe Rabeinu - Moses our master. It symbolizes the unity of the people Israel and for this, the Holy Temple was built."

Among the guests were the popular singer Ovadya Hamama, who performed on behalf of the festive occasion, Rabbi Uri Amos Sharki, Rabbi Meir Vender, and, of course, the entire Raveh family and many friends.

At the conclusion of the ceremony the Raveh family expressed their gratitude that fate had merited them with the opportunity to write the first Torah Scroll for the Holy Temple, and voiced their prayer that this Torah Scroll will help to increase unity and joyfulness for the nation of Israel, and that by merit of the increased joy and unity the Holy Temple will be built.

Official Wakf Document: King David Purchased the Temple Mount and King Solomon Built the Holy Temple

As suspicions arise that the lame-duck Israeli government led by Ehud Olmert is working feverishly to arrive at an eleventh hour agreement with the Palestinian Authority's Abu Mazen to divide the city of Jerusalem, which would include relinquishing complete control of the Temple Mount to Palestinian and Moslem hands, the Temple Institute has just acquired a copy of the OFFICIAL 1925 SUPREME MOSLEM COUNCIL (WAKF) GUIDE BOOK TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT in which the Temple Mount's clear and unshakable connection to the G-d of Israel and His people Israel is openly admitted.

This admission contradicts the current Palestinian/Moslem claim that the Holy Temple never stood upon the Temple Mount, and that the Mount is the sole possession of the Moslem nation.

At this time, when the cowardly government of Ehud Olmert is all too willing to accept the deceitful Moslem claim at face value in an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of its own people, (and all nations which desire the rebuilding of G-d's Chosen House), and rob them of this most holy site on earth, it is essential to expose the current Moslem lie. And what better way than through their own words. To read more, and to view a facsimile of the entire 1925 guidebook, please click here.

 

1954, 1965 WAKF GUIDE BOOKS TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT Expunge All Mention of Holy Temple

A 1950 Wakf Guide Book also preserves the historical connection to the first and second Holy Temple. However, by 1954, the Wakf guide book had expunged all mention of the Holy Temple. To read more, and to view a facsimile of relevant pages of the 1954 and 1965 guidebook, please click here.

Work continues apace on the new copper laver being produced by the Temple Institute, and this past Wednesday, (19 Av, 5768/August 20, 2008), an important step forward was taken: the copper keter, or ornamental crown, which will be affixed to the top of the laver, was completed and delivered to the Acco based factory of Shlomo Buchbut, where the laver is being prepared. To read more and see photographs of the ornamental crown, please click here.
Recently the Temple Institute organized a harvest of the tola'at shani worm used in producing the crimson dye essential for making the avnet - the sixteen meter long belt of the common priests, as part of our goal to manufacture 120 sets of lay priest garments ready for use in the Holy Temple. However, the quantity of dye needed to produce the 120 belts was simply more than could be provided for by the local harvest. So the Temple Institute sent an emissary to Istanbul, Turkey, where he purchased in the open market one kilo (2.2 lbs) of tola'at shani worms harvested from the mountains of Turkey. He asked the merchant to package the worms in two separate half-kilo vacuum packs. If you are curious how a half-kilo of vacuum packed tola'at shani worms looks like, please click here.
Ascending the Temple Mount on the 9th of Av

Tish'a B'Av (9th of Av) 5768: While thousands mourned and fasted below in the Western Wall Plaza, hundreds of observant Jews ascended the Temple Mount in strict accordance with halachah (Jewish law). To read more and to see photographs of the visit, please click here.

New Membership Cards! The Temple Institute has designed a new membership card. The cards are presently being manufactured. We apologize to new members who may have to wait a few extra weeks before receiving their cards. Current members can also request to have their cards renewed with their next donation.

On the afternoon of the 13th of Tammuz (July 16th), the Temple Institute organized an historic event: the first tola'at shani - crimson worm - harvest in the land of Israel in perhaps 2000 years. The location of the harvest was the Samarian hilltop village of Neve Tsuf. The immediate purpose for the event was the need to gather the crimson worms for the purpose of creating the avnet - the sixteen meter long belt for the bigdei kehuna - the priestly garments now being produced by the Temple Institute. The long-term goal was to educate a new generation about the elusive tola'at shani, how to harvest it, and how to produce from it the crimson dye prescribed in the Torah for a number of Temple related purposes, including the priests' avnet - belts, the scarlet wool tied onto the se'ir l'azazel - the scapegoat - on Yom Kippur, and one of the essential ingredients for producing the ashes of the red heifer.

Click here to learn more about the tola'at shani, and to see pictures from the crimson worm harvest.

Rabbi Moshe Tendler Visits the Temple Mount

Rabbi Moshe Tendler, rabbi of The Community Synagogue of Monsey, senior Rosh Yeshiva at Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, the Rabbi Isaac and Bella Tendler Professor of Jewish Medical Ethics and Professor of Biology at Yeshiva College, and son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (of blessed memory), paid a visit to the Temple Mount on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, 5768, (Thursday, July 3, 2008), in the company of the Temple Institute's Founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, and the Institute's Director. Joining them was Rabbi Tendler's grandson Avraham.

To learn more about their visit and to see photographs, please click here.

The Inauguration Ceremony of The New Workshop for Priestly Garments On the afternoon of the 27th of Sivan (June 30th), the Temple Institute and enthusiastic guests celebrated the Inauguration of The Institute's New Workshop for Priestly Garments. The shop has been equipped with a cutting table for spreading and cutting the fabric according to pattern and size of each individual kohen. (Each garment will be custom designed and fitted.) Industrial strength sewing machines have also been purchased, and ironing equipment for ironing and blocking the finished garments. The shop will be overseen by the Institute's chief haberdasher, Aviad Jeruffi. The ceremony included the taking of measurements from the first two kohanim, (priests), to be outfitted since the destruction of the Holy Temple 1,938 years ago, the distinguished Rabbis Nachman Kahane and Shlomo Riskin.

Photographs from the gala event can be seen here.

To view a short video documentary of the happenings, please click here.

Make Your Voice Heard!

New Contact Information Added! If you are writing a letter to express your anger, here are some samples:

Click here to send an email directly to the Prime Minister of Israel's office: pm_eng@pmo.gov.il

Click here for the snail mail and email addresses of the Israeli Ambassador to the United States and Israeli Consul Generals in various regions of the U.S.

If you would like to contact President Bush, your congressman/woman, or the Secretary General of the United Nations, please click here.

 

The Temple Institute is currently involved in the creation of a new copper laver, (Kiyor nechoshet), and the story of its manufacture involves an inspiring tale of perseverance and fortitude. Click here to read more and to see photographs of the production of the new laver in progress.

The Golden Menora: Moving Closer to its Destination: On the second night of Chanuka, 5768 (December 6, 2007), the golden menora prepared by the Temple Institute and fit for use in the Holy Temple, was moved from the archaeological site of the Roman Cardo in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, to its new location, alongside the Yehudah Halevi staircase leading from the Jewish Quarter to the Western Wall Plaza. There it overlooks the Temple Mount, site of the future Holy Temple. A small move, perhaps, for the golden menora, but a giant leap forward for mankind, as the rebuilding of the House of G-d becomes one step closer.

The journey of the golden menora and its joyous rededication ceremony have been vividly captured on camera. We invite you to view the stunning footage and join us in the excitement of this historic moment.

In the spirit of the Maccabees who purified the Holy Temple and rekindled the golden menora, the golden menora which today stands in the Kardo, is moving this week closer to its intended destination - the Sanctuary of the Holy Temple itself - may it be rebuilt soon in our days. To learn more about this historic happening, and to view photographs of the menora being prepared for transport, click here.

To see photographs of the menora being moved, click here.

To see photographs of the rededication ceremony of the Golden Menora, in its new location, which took place on the seventh night of Chanuka, (Tevet 2/December 10), click here.

 

"And make a plate of pure gold, and engrave upon it, like the engravings of a signet: Holy to HaShem... And it will go upon Aaron's forehead..." (Exodus 28:36-37)

Just completed: The tzitz of pure gold, fashioned by the craftsmen of the Temple Institute, and ready to be worn by the High Priest in the Holy Temple.

With gratitude to HaShem, and with thanks to all whose generous support has made this possible, in these dark days of the Annapolis "Peace" Conference, and the cynical disdain being shown by the world's leaders for all that is holy, the Temple Institute is proud to unveil the Golden Crown of the High Priest. May the completion of the tzitz be seen a sign of the commitment of the Jewish nation and of all those who devote their lives to the G-d of Israel, to the honor of HaShem, and to His holy house, "... a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 57:6)

To see a photograph of the newly completed tzitz, please click here.

To watch a five-minute video presention of the tzitz, please click here.

 

Temple Institute Publication Receives Special Award from the City of Jerusalem

The Jerusalem Municipality's Department for Torah Education and Culture annually awards a special prize to five new books in the area of Torah education. This coveted prize is only awarded to publications of excellence, that are recognized as great contributions to society. This year, in honor of 40th year of Jerusalem's unification, this prize focused on the subject of Jerusalem, and five prizes were awarded for books that concentrate on the subject of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple.

The Temple Institute's scholarly rendition of Tractate Yoma, with detailed research culled from the fruit of the labors of the Institute's advanced research academy, was chosen to be one of this year's five award recipients. The prize was received in a ceremony that took place on December 31st, 2007. The ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Jerusalem, as well as prominent rabbis and public figures.

To learn more about Tractate Yoma, or to purchase the book, please click here.

 

Rabbis Yisrael and Azarya Ariel of the Temple Institute Research Center receive the award from Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski.

Exclusive Video Temple Mount Footage From the Summer of 2005

In August, 2005, the latter half of the month of Av, Rabbi Chaim Richman, accompanied by several friends, ascended the Temple Mount. This visit was documented on camera. In this classic visit to the Mount, in strict accordance with Jewish halachic law, Rabbi Richman takes the viewer on a complete tour of the holiest site on earth. You will learn the history of the Mount and where the Sanctuary and its courtyards were located, and you will also see stark evidence of the illegal Moslem destruction on the Mount presently taking place. You will witness the difficulties experienced by all Jews who visit the Temple Mount today. You will stand literally meters away from where the Holy of Holies once stood and will stand again. Footage of this nature has never before been presented for public viewing. Now it can be viewed online. The 90 minute long video has been reformatted into three parts, and is now available on The Universal Torah Network: Click here.

The Temple Mount Tour is now available on DVD, Please click here for details.

To see still photographs taken on the same visit, please click here.

 

Building the Third Temple: A Worldwide Commitment

The Temple Institute has recently welcomed our first member from Saudi Arabia. We now count our members from fifty eight different nations around the globe.

Yearning for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem, and the renewal of the divine service, knows no borders. People from the four corners of the world are joining us at The Temple Institute, and together we are forging ahead, teaching and learning, and increasing Temple consciousness around the world. To view a map showing the countries in which our members live, please visit our new World Wide Membership page.

 

 

The Sanhedrin's Decision Regarding the Holy Temple, the Temple Mount, and Jerusalem

28 Iyar 5765

 
In what is potentially the most crucial rabbinical decision in the modern era, the Sanhedrin has published its call "upon all groups who work in the area of Temple and Temple Mount-related research and activity, to begin to prepare detailed architectural plans for the construction of the Holy Temple, towards the goal of its establishment in its proper place." To read the entire declaration, click here.

 

The Temple Mount: Why We Go Up

Please note the following new features we have added to our Temple Mount section:

The commandment of Mora Mikdash, revering G-d's Holy Temple, applies in our day, just as it did in the days of the Rambam (Maimonides). To read his lucid explanation of the commandment, both in the original Hebrew, and in English translation, with commentary, click here.

In October 2003 the Temple Mount was again opened to non-Moslems, ending the three years of exile that followed the latest eruption of Arab violence. Things looked bright as police eased restrictions, but the recent change in police minister, and the government's new political agenda, have led to an egregious deterioration to the civil and religious rights of Jews wishing to visit the Mount. To read more, click here.

A recent visitor to the temple mount was kind enough to send us the photographs he took while atop the holiest spot on earth. To view them, click here.

We have just revised our bird's-eye view of the Temple Mount. Now, when you mouse over the image, you will see the path taken by all who visit the Mount in strict accordance with Jewish law. Click to see.

We have also seen fit to feature the above mentioned "Rabbinical ban" article and response on its own page, as part of our expanding Temple Mount section. Click to see.

 

 

 

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