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Weekly Torah Portion: Ki Tavo
The nation of Israel's purpose for entering and inheriting the land of Israel is literally written on stone and made into an altar to G-d, designed to broadcast to the world that there is One G-d and that He is the Master of all creation.
Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)
Parashat Ki Tavois read on Shabbat:
Elul 21, 5775/September 5, 2015
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: SERVING G-D WITH JOY AND 'AN ABUNDANCE OF EVERYTHING'
PARASHAT KI TAVO & THE CURSE OF DENIAL
THE FIRST FRUITS AND A BASKET FULL OF WORDS: THE SECRET OF ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND APPRECIATION
As the days of Elul march forward and the year prepares to draw to a close, this week's Temple Talk focuses on the amazing Torah portion of Ki Tavo, as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explain why this Torah portion is one of their favorites - with its pendulum swing from the joy of the First Fruits to the solemn and sobering admonitions. Hint: The whole thing is about joy and thankfulness... both the ups and downs! Join this week's Temple Talk for a perfect Elul lesson.
RAISING A RED HEIFER IN ISRAEL
AFTER 2,000 YEARS, WITH GREAT THANKS TO THE ALMIGHTY, WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE:
The Temple Institute is raising red heifers in Israel. For the first time in 2000 years, the restoration of Biblical purity is within reach...the prerequisite for building the Holy Temple. Watch this video to learn more about this historic project and click here to participate.
ACCOMPLISHING THE IMPOSSIBLE: RAISING A PERFECT RED HEIFER
For 30 years the Temple Institute has been accomplishing the impossible.
We created a Menorah of solid gold for the Holy Temple. Everyone thought it couldn't be done.
After 10 years of research we created the Breastplate of the High Priest. Everyone thought it was impossible.
For the first time in two thousand years we produced pure olive oil for the Menorah.
Over 60 vessels have been restored by the Temple Institute. Everyone thought it couldn't be done.
All these things everyone told us "it's impossible."
Now we are restoring the commandment of the Red Heifer, which everyone said was impossible, but like all Torah commandments, the Red Heifer is both possible and doable.
Your support is needed to make the breeding and raising of a Red Heifer, and its promise of Biblical purity a reality, a Biblical requirement necessary for the building of the Holy Temple, a reality.
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TISHA B'AV: THE THIRD HOLY TEMPLE PLANS HAVE BEGUN!
This is a walk-through the main sanctuary of the Holy Temple, showcasing decades of research and tens of innovative Halachic solutions to various perplexing issues that were resolved to create fully functional, ready-to-use plans. As the visual tour sweeps through the sanctuary, one can see the menorah, incense altar and showbread table, all of which have already been prepared by the Institute, among 70 other sacred vessels. The presentation was specially released to coincide with the Ninth of Av, the Jewish national day of mourning which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples.
This is not a "virtual" representation, but a portion of a complete and highly detailed architectural plan which has been prepared for the immediate construction of the Holy Temple. The plan includes all of components that will be used in building: marble, stone, concrete, wood, flooring materials, overlay of gold, etc.
The external view presents the openings, windows, chambers, the outer hall, the Sanctuary and the Holy of Holies.
In the first stage we are moving through the hall's entrance. As we continue we arrive at the golden chains described in Tractate Middot, which the young priests-in-training would climb in order to view the decorative crowns that were placed in unique windows above the entrance to the Sanctuary. The visit continues on to the 38 chambers that surrounded the Sanctuary. The door opens and we find ourselves within the first chamber. We turn left and enter into the Sanctuary. From the right we see the three major vessels of the Sanctuary: The golden altar, the table of the showbread, and the menorah. We also see the curtain with its depiction of the two cherubim.
This curtain is actually a double curtain, that separates between the Holy area (the Sanctuary), and the Holy of Holies. We look up to the ceiling of the Sanctuary, which reaches a height of 40 amot. Near the ceiling are the ?narrowing windows? (Kings I 6:4) which direct from the Temple outwards.
Turning behind us, we see the doors of the Sanctuary towards the east, as they are opened each morning by the priests, revealing the blue skies of Jerusalem at sunrise.
From the Sanctuary, we turn back to the chambers and go out to the long passageway known as the ?mesiba.? We ascend stairs that lead to the roof of the chambers. We continue moving, encircling the Temple from the north and west, afterwards turning east.
At the end of the passageway stands a special ladder that is used to ascend to the upper level. This level has a very high level of sanctity. One opinion maintains that it is only entered once in seventy years (for maintenance purposes).
In summary, this is a highly-detailed building plan which includes room for further innovation by professionals and craftsmen, including decoration, heating and electric etc. According to the decisions of the steering committee that will be established to oversee the construction of the Third Holy Temple, which can be begun immediately.
The video comes one year after the Temple Institute appealed to its supporters to take part in an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign that raised over $100,000 for the architectural plans. The video was first released to supporters of a current campaign to raise the first kosher Red Heifer in Israel in over 2,000 years. Over the past five years, the organization has released its most ambitious campaigns and poignant videos to reframe the mourning period into one of active preparation for the Third Holy Temple.
Rabbi Chaim Richman, International Director of The Temple Institute noted: "One third of all Torah commandments pertain to the building of and service in the Holy Temple. Today, we not only mourn the destruction of the two Holy Temples, but also our inability to fulfill one third of the Torah. Over the last three decades, the Temple Institute has done everything in our power to research and prepare for the Third Temple. As world Jewry sits on the ground mourning the first two Temples, we have taken a huge leap towards the rebuilding, by releasing a 3D architectural rendition of the Third Temple."
The Temple Institute is the center of research and preparation for the Holy Temple. In addition to educational activity focused on the centrality of the Temple Mount and Holy Temple, the Institute have also recreated over 70 sacred vessels for use in the Third Holy Temple, which can be seen at their Visitors Center in the Old City of Jerusalem.Holy Temple, which can be begun immediately.
Throughout the many years of exile since the destruction of the Holy Temple, a certain aura of mystery, a near-mythological status, developed around the concept of the Red Heifer.
Today, some think an actual, Biblically-valid red heifer is a very rare oddity; others are convinced it is nothing short of supernatural or miraculous. But neither view is correct.
From time to time, throughout the years and even quite recently, there have been various ?sightings? and reports of the birth of red heifers. These reports are invariably greeted with enthusiasm, since a red heifer holds the key to the resumption of the elusive spiritual purity that would pave the way to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
10 Second Testimony to the Anti-Jewish Insanity Being Perpetrated on the Temple Mount!
Amidst the now daily routine of burka-covered Muslim women screaming "allahu achbar" at the top of their lungs and in the faces of Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount, one tourist, Ludmilla, a teacher at a Jewish school in the Russian city of Kemerovo in Siberia, couldn't take it any more, and began reciting the "Shema Yisrael." ("Hear O Israel" - Deut. 6) No sooner had she begun reciting the six word Hebrew statement of faith, then a policeman rushed over to silence her. It is hard to make out amidst the ear-shattering cacophony of Muslim incitement but listen carefully and you can hear Ludmilla's four thousand year old testimony of Jewish faith in G-d's unity.
How horrifying that in the midst of the violent Muslim incitement against the Jews on the Temple Mount, the policeman chose to silence the one barely audible Jewish worshiper as she uttered a prayer while ignoring the volcanic wave of Muslim hatred engulfing the group of Jews.
Shavuot First-Fruits/Twin Loaves Reenactment
"HaShem brought us out of Egypt with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with great visions, signs and miracles. He brought us to this place, giving us this land flowing with milk and honey. I am now bringing the first fruit of the land that HaShem has given me." (Deuteronomy 26:8-10)
On May 25th, the 7th of Sivan, the day following the festival of Shavuot, the day known in Hebrew as Isru Chag, the Temple Institute, together with the Women for the Holy Temple, performed a reenactment of the Shavuot first-fruit and twin loaves offerings, as they were performed in the Holy Temple.
100's of men, women and children fro all across the land of Israel gathered together at the Sherover Promenade in Jerusalem overlooking the Temple Mount, the place of the Holy Temple.
The reenactment was led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute, and conducted by the kohanim of the Temple Institute's Nezer HaKodesh<.i> School for Temple Priests, which is currently completing its third year of studies.
A Children's Hakhel Ceremony Recreation in Jerusalem
Two thousand Jerusalem kindergarten students gathered on Tuesday to participate in a Hakhel ceremony recreation, led by the Midrasha educational division of the Temple Institute.
The commandment of Hakhel, which means 'to gather the people in assembly,' originates from the book of Deuteronomy, chapter 31, verses 10-12:
"Then, Moshe commanded them, saying, "At the end of every seven years, at an appointed time, in the Festival of Sukkot, after the year of release, 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."
The current year is a shemittah (sabbatical) year in the land of Israel, which concludes on the eve of the upcoming Rosh HaShana. The biblically mandated Hakhel ceremony takes place after the conclusion of the first day of the Sukkot festival which follows Rosh HaShana. (The commandment of Shemitta is first mentioned in the book of Exodus, chapter 23, verses 10-12, and is expanded upon in the book of Leviticus, chapter 25.)
Modern Israel has traditionally reenacted a contemporary public ceremony based on the biblical Hakhel, in which the President of the state of Israel, leading politicians and rabbis speak.
Yesterday's event was the initiative of the Jerusalem Municipality's kindergarten supervisors and teachers, who turned to the Temple Institute's Midrasha educational division to produce the ceremony.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat attended, and told the children, "For two thousand years our ancestors prayed to return to Jerusalem and to participate in its rebuilding. To our great joy we have the immense privilege to perform the commandment of Hakhel in rebuilt Jerusalem."
The commandment of Hakhel is intended to be performed not only in Jerusalem, as mayor Barkat mentioned, but in the actual courtyards of the Holy Temple.
Jerusalem's Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Arye Stern were also in attendence at yesterday's ceremony. They read biblical verses to the children and together with the children recited the Shema Yisrael. (Deuteronomy 6:4)
The event also included actors portraying kohanim, (the Temple priests), the Kohen Gadol, (High Priest), and the King of Israel, whose role it was to read the entire Torah to the assembled nation.
Spot the Jewish Worshipers: The Video!
As we have repeatedly pointed out, every Jewish worshiper on the Temple Mount inflames the twisted imaginations of the Muslim moribitat women, in the pay of Hamas, who swarm like hornets around the Jews, hissing and cursing at them, hounding their every step on the Temple Mount. Not to mention the multitude of Israeli policemen and Muslim Waqf agents who share the same purpose - to ensure that Jews do not pray or show any visible or audible sign of love and respect for the place of the Holy Temple, and to immediately arrest and remove them if they do.
How sad, how outrageous, that Israeli law enforcement officers find themselves aligned with such perpetrators of hate crimes and horrendous apartheid.
This short video, shot by proud Muslims, shows the wall of hatred and discrimination that Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount are confronted with with every step they take.
Can you spot the Jewish worshipers amidst the thick cloud of pestilence and hatred that surrounds them?
Drinking Fountain Apartheid on the Temple Mount
Three Jews approach a drinking fountain on the Temple Mount. A Muslim Waqf employee tries to physically block their way and repeatedly turns off the tap when the Jews do succeed in turning the water on. An Israel policeman tries to block the Waqf employee without engaging in physical contact with him. At 1:55 a Muslim woman tries to shut the water on the Jew.
This is anti-Jewish apartheid which the Jordanian controlled Muslim Waqf is imposing on the Temple Mount. Jews are not allowed to pray, or carry any religious item or even wear a shirt or hat with the Israeli flag printed on it. Jews are not allowed to bow down or sway their bodies or shut their eyes, because that is understood by the Waqf guards who scrutinize their every move as being an expression of silent Jewish prayer. Jews are only allowed onto the Temple Mount in small numbers and only for very limited hours, five days a week. Jews are not allowed on the Temple Mount during Muslim holidays and most of the month of Ramadan. Jews are frequently not allowed on the Temple Mount on Jewish holidays. When Muslims threaten to act violently it is the Jews who are kept off the Temple Mount. Jews are not allowed to eat because the blessing they make before eating is forbidden on the Temple Mount. And now, Jews are not allowed to drink water on the Temple Mount. Official Israeli passivity in light of this creeping apartheid on the Temple Mount is nothing less than a violation of the government's mandate to guarantee the rights of all its citizens, and to deal forcefully with all who seek to impose apartheid on others. We demand that the anti-Jewish apartheid on the Temple Mount be stopped at once.
This video was filmed and uploaded onto an Arabic language Facebook page. The conversational patter that can be heard throughout the video is that of the Muslim women who filmed the incident. The music is emanating from the al aqsa mosque.
Thuggery and Racism on the Temple Mount Has Got to Stop!
Once again, a Jew on the Temple Mount is attacked by Muslims when he tries to drink from a public water fountain, and the police refuse to come to the aid of the Jew or to arrest the Muslims who attacked him. A second Jew who did succeed in drinking from the public fountain was arrested by the police. The police have recently decreed that Jews are not allowed to carry water with them onto the Temple Mount, nor are they allowed to drink from the public water fountain on the Temple Mount.
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Muslims are allowed to drink and eat in any of the open areas on the Temple Mount. They also engage in soccer (football) matches and martial arts on the Temple Mount.
It has been reported that Muslims have now begun to shut off the water to the public drinking fountain for the duration of the three hours that Jews are allowed onto the Temple Mount in the morning, reopening the taps as soon as the Jews leave.
Ministers of the Government of Israel, do you or do you not represent the democratic and Jewish values of the state of Israel?
Members of the Israel Knesset, do you or do you not intend to uphold the law in the land of Israel, and guarantee the basic freedom and dignity of all citizens?
Chag Shavuot Sameach - A Joyful Shavuot!
"Tis better to give than to receive." There is no arguing with this old saw. Yet on the holiday of Shavuot, which begins this Saturday night at the conclusion of Shabbat, Jews around the world focus on the act of receiving Torah from G-d at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is the anniversary of the original gift of Torah at Mount Sinai, forty nine days plus one after Israel left Egypt, never to turn back. But while Shavuot is indisputably the day of receiving Torah some 3600 years ago, it is not a commemoration of a distant one-time event. On the contrary, the Torah that we work for and long to receive on Shavuot is as brand-new and fresh and revolutionary as the day we first received it when we stood, (in soul, if not in body), with our forefathers and mothers at Mount Sinai and witnessed the skies open up and the word of G-d emerge.
But if it is better to give than to receive, then isn't our celebration of receiving Torah somehow missing something? Actually, it is missing everything. In the days when the Holy Temple is established, the emphasis of Shavuot transfers from the receivng of Torah at Sinai, to the bringing of our firstfruits to G-d, at the altar at the Holy Temple, with the aid of the kohanim. Our firstfruits, planted and tended to in the soil of the land of Israel, (another gift from G-d), represent our best efforts, our finest achievements, our hopes and dreams, in essense, the very best of who we are. When we take our firstfruits, mark them, and bring them to Jerusalem and present them with gratitude and love before G-d at His altar, we are completing the cycle of giving and receiving. And by giving of the best of ourselves to G-d, we are, in effect, imitating G-d's giving of Torah to His children at Sinai. There is no greater proof of having received, learned and internalized Torah than the fulfilling of the commandment of the firstfruit offerings in the Holy Temple.
May it be G-d's will that we soon rebuild His Holy Temple, where we can bring with joy our firstfruit offerings, and celebrate the festival of Shavuot as it is intended, with the study of Torah and the firstfruits gift of gratitude for all which G-d has blessed us. The Temple Institute wishes to all our friends and supporters, to all who attach themselves to the G-d of Israel and to the entire nation of Israel, Chag Shavuot Sameach - A Joyful Shavuot!
Click here to learn how Shavuot is celebrated in the Holy Temple!
Jerusalem Day, 2015: Rightful Owners of the Temple Mount
The holiday known as 'Jerusalem Day' is observed in Israel every year on the Hebrew date of Iyar 28 - the day corresponding with June 7th, 1967 on which the city of Jerusalem was liberated and united by the paratrooper brigade of the Israel Defense Forces in the Six Day War.
48 years later to the day, on May 17th, 2015, a crowd numbering 1,000 Jews converged at the gate of the Temple Mount, eager to ascend the mountain in joyous acknowledgment of the miraculous return of the city to Jewish sovereignty and in fulfillment of the Biblical commandment to revere the place of the Holy Temple. Most of all, they came to pray at the holy site.
The discriminatory practices and self-styled, anti-democratic 'rules' of the police prevented Jewish prayer, but once again fully allowed the demonic incitement of crowds of Muslim thugs and mercenaries who dogged every step of the Jewish pilgrims on the Mount and generally did their best to cause the Jews misery. And while the Jewish worshipers waited on line in the sun for as long as three hours for a chance to ascend even briefly on this special day, many were turned away in disappointment.
But the Jews who gathered that morning at the Mugrabi Gate waiting to ascend to the Temple Mount had the honor of welcoming and hearing a hero in their midst: renowned Torah scholar Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder and president of the Temple Institute, was himself an IDF paratrooper who fought for the liberation of the Temple Mount on this very day, 48 years ago. The rabbi addressed the enthusiastic crowd and spoke of his experiences as a soldier in this very spot on that fateful day. Rabbi Ariel recalled his fallen comrades who gave their lives for the return of the Temple Mount to the Jewish people, and encouraged the assembled to continue in the heroes' footsteps by demonstrating Jewish presence and rightful ownership of the Mount.
Sing to HaShem a new song!
Jerusalem Day, 2015, the 48th anniversary of the liberation of the Temple Mount and the unification of Jerusalem: Despite the nearly fifty years since the liberation of the Temple Mount, a self-imposed terror reigns on the Temple Mount. Current government policy allows Muslim violence to go unchecked, but police pounce immediately upon two Jews who broke into spontaneous song celebrating the holy city of Jerusalem.
This is the foundation of Prime Minister Netanyahu's policy of "make nice" to Muslim 'sensitivities' on the Temple Mount in order to avert what Netanyahu calls a 'religious war:'
100% tolerance toward Muslim verbal and physical violence towards Jews on the Temple Mount.
0% for any expression of Jewish pride or piety on the Temple Mount.
100% compliance with Jordanian imposed apartheid on the Temple Mount.
Prime Minister Netanyahu refers to this policy as "preserving the status quo."
Brawl Breaks Out on Temple Mount
An altercation broke out on the Temple Mount today as a result of Waqf personnel harassing Jewish worshipers. This video, which was uploaded onto an Arabic Facebook page, is the only video of the occurrence which has surfaced. The actual incident which sparked the scuffle cannot be seen in the video. Jews involved in the altercation say they were attacked by Muslim Waqf personnel whose 'job' is to watch the lips and bodies of Jews on the Temple Mount to make sure they are not praying or swaying or bowing down, all expressions of Jewish faith, which Prime Minister Netanyahu, in league with king Abdullah of Jordan, has forbidden in practice, even if he cannot say so, as freedom of worship is the law in Israel.
Any Jew who has ascended the Temple Mount in recent weeks can testify to the growing surliness of the Waqf 'anti-Jewish prayer' squad, and their increased visible contempt for the Jews whose lips they follow. Just as they watch the lips and bodies of the Jews, so too the Jews watch and read their lips and body language.
Netanyahu's zero religious expression for Jews policy, and his emasculation of the police force who are under strict orders to refrain from restraining Muslim violence and incitement on the Temple Mount are rapidly leading to a boiling point.
If the prime minister wants to prevent the"holy war' he so frequently warns against, he will commit to a complete reversal of his Temple Mount policy, soon, before it's too late.
Captured on Film: Evidence of anti-Jewish Police Discrimination on the Temple Mount
As we have long reported, outwardly religious Jews ascending the Temple Mount receive discriminatory treatment from the police, even before they enter the Temple Mount. This begins with being forced to undergo long waits before being admitted through the security check, even while hundreds of tourists pass through unimpeded. After being subjected to a security check far more aggressive than that to which tourists are subjected, Jews are set aside once more before being allowed to enter the Temple Mount, this time to be warned of a long list of prohibitions delivered orally by a police officer. This list of Temple Mount "don'ts" which apply only to Jews was secretly recorded by cell-phone recently, (itself another "don't").
We have translated this audio recording so you too can share the experience of Jews being treated like criminals in the holiest place on earth, simply on account of their desire to worship G-d as Jews.
It should be known that the punishment for violation of any one of the prohibitions pronounced by the police in this recording is immediate arrest and removal from the Temple Mount, followed by a restraining order prohibiting the 'perpetrator' from returning to the Temple Mount for a period of time determined by the police.
It should further be noted that Israeli law guarantees freedom of worship and access to holy places for all citizens. Repeated court rulings have upheld the rights of Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.
The police self-declared policy of forbidding Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is an act of flagrant disregard for the law and contempt for the very democratic principles they are entrusted to defend.
Captured on Film: Degrading Police Treatment of Jews at Entrance to Temple Mount
What kind of security check can you expect when you choose to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, site of the Holy Temple, the holiest place on earth?
If you are a non-Muslim you will not be allowed to carry upon your person any religious article, symbol, or book.If you are a tourist from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas, you will be allowed to pass smoothly and quickly through the security checkpoint, undergoing only a minimal security check, before being allowed to continue freely up to and around the Temple Mount.If you are an outwardly religious Jew from Israel, or from Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, or the Americas, or if you are a non-Jew in the company of outwardly religious Jews, you will need to hand to the police in advance your identity card or passport, wait patiently to be called one at a time to enter the security checkpoint where you will be subjected to an invasive and abrasive security check, often involving a full-body pat-down. You will then be ordered to wait again until the entire group of Jews that the police will allow to enter the Mount together, (a restriction only applying to Jews), have cleared security. Your identity card or passport will then be returned to you, after which you will receive instructions from a police officer listing what you are allowed to do, (be silent and follow police orders), and what you are not allowed to do, (pray, sway, stand still, walk too fast, eat, drink, laugh, cry, or respond to Muslim aggression which awaits you on the Mount).Nor does the hostile treatment of Jews by the police change for the better once the Jews have entered the Temple Mount. On the contrary, Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount are subjected to a crush of police and Waqf guards who dog every step taken by Jews. This 'in your face' oversized 'security detail' does not let up for a second, from the moment they greet the Jews entering the Temple Mount to the moment they rush the Jews off, making certain the Jews don't utter any last-minute prayers before exiting the Mount.
Contempt of Court! Police Illegally Prevent Jewish Prayer on Temple Mount
On the Morning of April 22, 2015/Iyar 3, 5775, Yom HaZikaron (Israel Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers and Terror Victims) a group of fifteen Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount experienced what every Jewish visitor has experienced before: being threatened with arrest and removal from the Temple Mount for the "crime" of uttering or silently whispering a Jewish prayer. Only this time, the incident was captured on video, complete with the policemen's brazen, unlawful and outspoken dismissal of the authority of the Israeli judicial system whose judges have consistently exonerated Jews arrested for praying on the Temple Mount, repeatedly ruling that the right to pray anywhere in the state of Israel, (including, and especially, holy places), is an inalienable right, enshrined in Israeli law.
But with tacit government backing, the police have consistently and repeatedly ignored the legal reality and have created their own "rule of police discretion" on the Temple Mount. As this video witnesses, even uttering the words "But the court ruled..." can elicit the anger of the police, and get you removed from the Temple Mount and placed under arrest.In this short video the police can be seen filming the Jewish worshipers. One of the policemen then quickly approaches the Jews. What happens next is as follows:Policeman: "Everybody, good morning, the next time there will be a problem like this again, the whole group will be taken off the Mountain, there will be no argument, there's nothing to discuss, the Court can say whatever it would like to say, here the police have a policy, as you were instructed at the time you began your ascent." In the background a Muslim Wakf guard can be heard to say "It's forbidden to pray!" One of the members of the Jewish group retorts: "Nobody was praying!" A Jewish woman starts to say "But the court.... " but is interrupted by the policeman: "Everybody (listen up), no courts, no nothing... the entire Israel Police have a policy, and we act according to that policy, OK? I'm asking again, it's the last time I'm asking, the next time I have to ask, the entire group will be removed, got it?" A second policeman intervenes: "Let's continue our walk, please."How shameful and how painful that on the day that Israel remembers its more than 20,000 fallen soldiers and victims of terror, on the eve of Israel Independence Day, Jews on the Temple Mount, place of the Holy Temple, are prevented by the police from quietly uttering a prayer on behalf of the souls of the fallen who gave their lives for their country... ostensibly out of concern for Muslim sensitivity.
Israel Independence Day Message from the Temple Mount
We all celebrate the miracle of the rebirth of Jewish independence in the land of Israel. Up on the Temple Mount, the epicenter of Israel's destiny and reason for being, the struggle for independence is being waged these very days.
Ironically, even as Rabbi Richman utters the word "independence" in this short video message, a policeman approaches and orders the rabbi to "hurry it up, move along."Trust us officer, we will be here as long as it takes to complete the spiritual revolution of our generation, and reestablish the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple as the beating heart of all humanity, "a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)
Happy Israel Independence Day! Yom HaAtzmaut Sameach!
Shevi'i shel Pesach - ther Seventh Day of Pesach!
On the first night of Passover we sit down for our Seder meal exhausted from all the Passover preparations, the intense house cleaning, the shopping and food preparation and the burning of chametz (leavened food). Even setting the table for the festive meal is done with a strict adherence to detail based on thousands of years of tradition. By the time we conclude our Seder meal and the reading of the Haggadah at midnight, we are light years beyond exhaustion, but go to sleep with the sublime satisfaction that we have done it all! The Haggadah is a tour de force which begins with our distant pagan ancestors, places us in Egypt, rescues us from Egypt via the ten plagues, guides us through the Sea of Reeds, presents us with Torah at Sinai, brings us into the land of Israel and, finally, blesses us with the establishment of the Holy Temple and the Divine service. It's all there in the Haggadah! All these historic details are included in order to inform us that G-d didn't redeem Israel from Egypt just so that she could roam in the wilderness free from the crack of the Egyptian whip, but that the purpose of the Exodus from the very start was to bring the newborn nation of Israel into the land of Israel and for Israel to build the Holy Temple, a meeting place between man and G-d.
Nevertheless, the fact is that the first day of Passover is nothing more than the anniversary of the day of the Exodus, the first and only the first day of Israel's long journey from servitude to freedom in the light of Torah, the land of Israel and the Holy Temple. As exhausted as we may be when we conclude our Seder the road that stretches before us remains daunting. In the Holy Temple the Seder night was also just one component of many that made up the seven day Passover festival. It was preceded by the bringing of the Passover offering on the 14th of Nisan, no small logistical feat in itself, and followed the next day, the 16th of Nisan, by the harvesting of and bringing of the new barley crop to the Holy Temple to be beaten, roasted, ground and made into a meal offering known as the Omer offering, a third straight day of intensive activity for all who made the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
In our day, the 16th of Nisan, the day of the Omer offering, begins the 49 day count-up to the festival of Shavuot, the day Israel received Torah at Sinai. Known in Hebrew as Sefirat HaOmer, (see Leviticus 23:15-16) this forty nine day count blesses us with the opportunity to take stock of ourselves and to internalize the fact that the Seder meal for us also marks only the beginning of our journey, both spiritual and historical. Today we have been blessed with two new historical/spiritual milestones to help us mark our advance toward our ultimate freedom and redemption, Yom Atzmaut - Israel Independence Day, and Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day, commemorating the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of the Temple Mount, in June 1967. These two days, which fall during the forty nine day, parallel both the physical redemption from Egypt celebrated in Passover, and the spiritual redemption of receiving Torah, as commemorated by Shavuot.
Tonight begins the holiday of Shevi'i shel Pesach, the seventh (and final) day of Passover, the day that Israel crossed the Sea of Reeds never to set eyes on Egypt again. The Temple Institute wishes to bless all our friends and supporters, all who dream of and work toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, and the entire nation of Israel, a Happy Passover - Chag Sameach Pesach!
Chag Sameach - Happy Passover!
Passover - Festival of Freedom! Man's universal yearning for freedom has made Passover a popular holiday among the nations, a byword for liberation from oppression. Who isn't familiar with G-d's demand, made by His prophet Moshe to Pharaoh, "Let My people go!"? This simple four word phrase (three in the original Hebrew), never fails to stir our spirits, to fill our hearts with the hope of G-d's promise of redemption. Far less universally embraced or understood is the commandment of the korban Pesach - the Passover offering. But as noble as "Let My people go" is, the far more crucial element in attaining freedom for Israel was (and remains) the performance of the korban Pesach.
It is true that "Let My people go" is G-d's history-making identification and declaration of Israel as His eternal people. But it was only when Israel rose as one to fulfill G-d's commandment to take a lamb and "keep it for inspection until the fourteenth day of this month, and the entire congregation of the community of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon" (Exodus 12:6) that G-d's demand became a reality. By doing so, by slaughtering a lamb in a hostile environment, inside of a nation that worshiped the lamb as a deity, Israel was risking it all, stating unequivocally to G-d that "we are Your people!" Only when Israel had identified itself by performing the korban Pesach, by embracing its destiny and calling, could G-d act to fulfill His promise of liberation.
Even G-d can only liberate a people that wants to be liberated. For two thousand years of exile Israel was unable to perform the korban Pesach, Israel's original Declaration of Independence. But now that Israel has returned to the land, more and more Jews are demanding the renewal of the Passover offering, more and more Jews are yearning to be liberated from the status quo, the politically correct, the increasingly chaotic world order and the relentless moral drift of modern times.
One week ago the Temple Institute conducted a historic Passover offering practice drill, performed by kohanim, descendents of Aharon, Israel's original Kohen Gadol (High Priest). The practice drill has been widely reported throughout the world, and a video documenting the practice drill was released this week. The intense curiosity generated, and the very strong responses the practice drill prompted, both in support of and in protest against, testify to fact that the korban Pesach is no less radical a proposition today than it was more than three thousand years ago in Egypt. No greater proof is required that the liberating power of the korban Pesach is eternal. G-d demands of Israel's oppressors, "Let My people go," and with the performance of the Passover offering Israel hands to G-d the key to her own liberation.
Blessings for a joyous, kosher and liberating Passover from the Temple Institute in Jerusalem!
Historic Practice Passover Offering
As reported earlier, in preparation for the upcoming festival of Passover, this past Wednesday (5 Nisan - 25 March) the 'Priestly Training Academy' established by the Temple Institute held a Passover offering practice drill. This is a film that documents this event. This was the most accurate and authentic reenactment of this service to have taken place in nearly 2,000 years.
What a great way to welcome the new month of Adar! When we bring in the month of Adar we increase joy in the world. There is nothing more joyful than the knowledge that the spiritual revolution continues and more and more people are awakening to the promise of the Holy Temple: "For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations." (Isaiah 56:7)
THE SIXTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY BROADCAST
Wednesday, March 25/5 Nisan
THIS YEAR'S THEME: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE TEMPLE MOUNT & HOLY TEMPLE, FEATURING YOU, OUR FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS!
This year's Temple Mount Awareness Day broadcast is comprised of ten separate videos which we will be uploading throughout the day. CLick here to view all ten videos.
Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven answer your questions in depth!
In past years we have interviewed special guests for this program, experts in various fields who have dedicated their lives to the subject of the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple.
This year, you are our guests, as we present an all-new revolutionary approach to this broadcast in which we will be fielding your questions regarding the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple!
This year, International Temple Mount Awareness Day is about the Holy Temple and you!
WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY?
A special presentation of the Temple Institute which takes place each year during the week of Rosh Chodesh Nisan - the New Month of Nisan. What's special about this month?
The month of Nisan is the anniversary of the dedication of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. It's also the day on which fire descended from Heaven onto the altar, and the first day in which the Shechina, the Divine Presence, rested in the Tabernacle.
Nisan is the month of redemption, the month in which our forefathers were redeemed from Egyptian bondage. But the month is called so not only because of the upcoming Festival of Passover and our ancestors' passage from slavery to freedom. Tradition teaches that in the future, as well, the great and final redemption will take place in Nisan!
INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY celebrates the promise of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the revolution in Temple consciousness that is taking place in Israel!
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