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Weekly Torah Portion: Shemot
The name which G-d tells Moshe to reveal to the children of Israel as the name of G-d who has sent him to redeem them, is a name which beckons from beyond the horizon, a name of constant becoming, a name which will transform and shape the children of Israel even as they pursue it, to the end of time.
Shemot (Exodus 1:1 - 6:1)
Parashat Shemot is read on Shabbat:
Tevet 23, 5777/January 21, 2017
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: MEET PHARAOH, INSPIRATION BEHIND THE PARIS PEACE CONFERENCE
THE SPIRITUAL STRUGGLES OF PARASHAT SHEMOT
OBAMA AND PHARAOH, SELF-PROCLAIMED BEST FRIENDS THAT ISRAEL EVER HAD
Joseph's family, the Patriarch Jacob and his sons, were originally welcomed to Egypt as heroes. After all, it was Joseph who saved the nation of Egypt from starvation. But as we read in this week's Torah portion of parashat Shemot, the nightmare of Egyptian exile and slavery was just around the corner, and it begins this week with Pharoah's words to his fellow Egyptians, 'Let us outsmart the Children of Israel.' That conference led to infanticide and plans for the Final Solution for the Jewish people. Sound familiar? Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman for this week's edition of Temple Talk, as they connect the dots between the Paris Peace Conference and the initiative of Pharaoh.
Temple Talk can also be listened to in audio (mp3) format, here or here.
Chanukah: More Than Just Eight Great Days!
Today we celebrate eight days of Chanuka, but during some 250 years following the victory of the Macabees over the Greek/Assyrian tyrant Antiochus, until the destruction of the Second Temple by the Roman general Titus, the eight day Chanuka celebration was only one of a number of days set aside for commemorating the Hasmonean victory over our enemies, and the reversal of the evil decrees imposed upon the Jews of the land of Israel, by Antiochus, who sought to uproot the Torah, banishing the light of G-d from the world, and casting humanity into a perpetual darkness.
Just in Time for Chanukah: Holy Temple Myth Busters: Part I - Introduction
We must wait for Moshiach to build the Holy Temple. Fact or myth?
The Holy Temple will descend ready-made from heaven. Fact or myth?
Building the Holy Temple will cause World War III. Fact or myth?
Rabbi Chaim Richman provides the answers from the sources of Torah wisdom to these questions and many more in this multi-part series which will bust all of the myths that have come to clutter Jewish thought concerning the building of the Holy Temple and its significance to the entire world.
Click here to see the Jewish sources behind Rabbi Richman's video teaching.
An Illustrated History of the Temple Menorah
Today, a golden menorah stands in Jerusalem's old city Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Temple Mount. It is the work of the Temple Institute and was created exclusively to be used in the new Holy Temple.
But how was the first golden menorah made by the generation of the desert? And how was the menorah tended to and kindled in the Holy Temple? How was the menorah recreated by the kohanim (Temple priests) after the Temple was ransacked and defiled by the Greek occupiers (comemmorated by the festival of Chanukah)? What happened to the golden menorah after the Roman invaders carried the Temple menorah off to Rome after destroying the Holy Temple in 70 CE?
And how did the artisans of the Temple Institute recreate the menorah today, which contains forty five kilograms of twenty four karat gold and has been seen by millions of people from around the world?
The answers to these questions, and much more, can be found in our illustrated History of the Temple Menorah! Click here to learn more!
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The 851st Anniversary Of Maimonides' Ascent And Prayer On The Temple Mount
On the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, 851 years ago, the great Jewish sage, Maimonides, (Rambam), at great peril to his life, ascended the Temple Mount and prayed at the place of the Holy Temple. His Temple Mount prayer was the climax of a journey fraught with danger that Maimoinides took by sea from Morocco to the land of Israel during the time of Crusader rule. Rambam was so moved by his ascent and prayer on the Temple Mount he instructed his children and his childrens' children to mark the day with a festive meal to the end of time.
11 years ago the Temple Institute began a modern tradition of ascending the Temple Mount each year on the 6th day of Cheshvan to honor the great Maimonides on the day of his ascent to the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Chaim Richman describes the significance of ascending the Temple Mount in light of the persistent attempts by the Palestinian Authority and UNESCO to hijack, erase and rewrite Jewish history.
"The glory of this last House shall be greater than the first one, said the L-rd of Hosts. And in this place I will grant peace." Haggai 2:9
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Commemorating The 851st Anniversary Of Maimonides' Historic Ascent To The Temple Mount
In the year 1165, 851 years ago, the great sage Maimonides (Rambam) made a perilous journey by sea from Morocco to the land of Israel, in that time under the control pf the crusaders. From the seaport town of Acco, the Rambam made his way to Jerusalem, where, on the 6th day of the month of Marcheshvan (Monday, Nov. 7), he ascended the Temple Mount, where he prayed. The Rambam was so moved by his experience that he wrote of it and declared the day to be a day of festive gathering for his descendants, forever.
Visit here our five part series describing the Rambam's life and, in particular, his journey to Israel and his ascent to the Temple Mount.
THE NEW MONTH OF MARCHESHVAN AND THE DEDICATION OF THE THIRD TEMPLE
The month of Mar Cheshvan is the only month of the Hebrew calendar that does not feature even a minor observance - not even a fast day. Especially given the fact that this month comes right after the action-packed month of Tishrei - which is host to the High Holidays and Sukkot, with its high-profile, action-oriented mitzvot - this month of Mar Cheshvan seems particularly drab and colorless?a fitting introduction to winter. After the rush of adrenalin we experience in Tishrei that manifests itself in every aspect of our prayers and spiritual pursuits, is this month not something of an anticlimax? Indeed, its very name seems to foretell that we haven't got much to look forward to or anticipate here: Mar Cheshvan, as it is formally known, is just that: the prefix Mar denotes a certain cold formality, "Mr." Cheshvan, or perhaps "bitter" Cheshvan... not the feeling of an old familiar friend, like its predecessor. Following on the heels of the exhilarating month of Tishrei, we are perhaps just a bit disappointed.
Indeed, as the month of Cheshvan enters accompanied by these feelings, the idea of disappointment seems to transcend our personal idiom and take on a universal theme, running parallel to our own lives, through the Torah portions that begin the month. In the Torah portion of Bereshith, we are told that G-d was pleased with the world. Upon completing His creation, He looked and beheld that it was very good. Yet by the time we reach the end of the portion - and a mere 10 generations have passed from Adam to Noach - G-d was so disappointed with His creation that He regretted having made man, and decided to destroy all life with the exception of the righteous Noach and those with him upon the ark. And don't forget that it was on the 17th day of this very month of Mar Cheshvan that the flood began...
Shemini Atzeret - "Just one more day... just you and Me" - Chag Sameach!
Today is the final day that we dwell in our sukkot. The seven days of the festival of Sukkot have passed so quickly. What a privilege it has been to merit dwelling in our fragile temporary abodes for these seven days. In a world in which walls between people and nations are being built higher and thicker, how precious it has been to dwell, even for a single week, in a world in which nothing but fabric walls separate us from the rest of humanity.
The final day of Sukkot, known as Hoshana Raba, provides a rousing crescendo to the past seven weeks, which began with the month of Elul, a month of introspection, reached its first climax on Rosh HaShana, the day of recognizing and celebrating G-d's sovereignty over creation, achieved a second spiritual peak on Yom Kippur, the day of hiding nothing from G-d, and recognizing our own G-d given ability to change, to improve, and then bestowed the Divine gift of being able to incubate in our newly re-imagined, re-determined, re-created, and re-committed selves, in our precious sukkot.
Our sages teach us that we possess the ability to sign our own names into G-d's Book of Life on Yom Kippur, but the book is only sealed on Hoshana Raba. Hoshana Raba, with its intense prayers, is a celebration of this finality, a reaffirmation of life, but also a reminder that the gates of teshuva - of repentance and self-improvement, are, in fact, always open for us.
On Hoshana Raba we pray fervently for rain to fall in the land of Israel in the upcoming year. Rain, and all that it enables and symbolizes - health, abundance, livelihood, prosperity and blessing - is intrinsically bound up with our own commitment to bring blessing into the world through our own good deeds of loving kindness.
With the conclusion of Sukkot, we emerge, for the first time, into the new year that is before us. We are ready to take our first steps. But before we fully re-emerge from our cocoon-like sukkot, we are gifted with one more day of holy assembly - Shemini Atzeret - the Eighth Day holiday - as we are commanded by Torah to observe.
In the Holy Temple, after the grandeur of the multitude of offerings made each day on behalf of all the nations of the world, Shemini Atzeret requires relatively modest offerings. After the fervently joyful celebration of the Water Libation Ceremony which took place every day of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret calls for a quieter, more modest expression of joy. Our sages tell us that G-d, as it were, is calling to His children, saying, "My time with you has been so precious, now that your offerings on behalf of all humanity have been concluded, I ask you to linger just one more day... just you and Me, for one more day."
The one more day of Shemini Atzeret is also G-d's opportunity to present us with one more gift before we go out into the world as our new selves, the one we have determined to become these past seven weeks. And this one last gift bears the name of Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah, a second name ascribed to Shemini Atzeret, literally means, "the joy of Torah." On this day we, sing with the Torah, we dance with the Torah, we embrace the Torah, and we conclude the final chapters of Torah and immediately begin again our yearly cycle of Torah reading, starting with "Bereshith... In the beginning..."
G-d derives great pleasure in seeing His children redirect their will toward His, and on Simchat Torah He blesses each and every one of us with His guide-book for humanity, with the written record of His unbreakable covenant with man, the holy Torah, to see us and be with us throughout the new year which awaits us. Chag Sameach!
CHAG SUKKOT SAMEACH - A JOYFUL SUKKOT TO ALL!
After forty days, beginning with the new moon of Elul, of intensive introspection and spiritual self-reflection which rose to a dramatic crescendo on Yom Kippur, we now take the almost dizzying spiritual energy that we have generated, and focus it all on the task before us: building our sukkot (temporary booths) in anticipation of the upcoming festival of Sukkot (beginning Sunday evening).
Try imagining a world in which the walls which separate us are thin and diaphanous, allowing us to hear one another and see one another; a world in which the roof over our head which protects us from the storm also allows the bright light of day to embrace us and the stars at night, distant reflections of the hosts of G-d's heavens , to shine through, reminding that G-d is always watching over us and protecting us.
Try imagining a world in which we invite into our lives every day ushpizin (honored guests) - our patriarchs and teachers who showed us how to walk in the paths of G-d, how to bring G-d's light down to earth and how to raise men's hearts up toward heaven.
Try imagining a world in which we follow the Torah commandment to bind together each day a palm frond, myrtle branches, willows and a "pri hadar" - a "fruit of splendor" - the etrog, each of which possess characteristics that reflect our own strengths and weaknesses, but when held fast together and sanctified with a blessing, reflect our unity, our equality and our strength as a people of G-d.
Try imagining a world in which the almost impossibly intense and focused service of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) on Yom Kippur is transformed into the thunderously joyful celebration of Sukkot in the Holy Temple, during which every day offerings are made upon the altar on behalf of all the nations of the world, and every day the kohanim lead the joyous nisuch hamayim - the Water Libation Ceremony - in which we focus all our thoughts toward heaven, beseeching of G-d a good year ahead of plentiful rain and sustenance, a good year ahead of abundance and peace.
Try imagining seven holy days whose single most exalted Torah commandment is "And you shall rejoice in your festival - you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, and the stranger, and the orphan, and the widow, who are within your cities." (Deuteronomy 16:14)
Imagine all this and you have imagined the sublimely joyful festival of Sukkot. But it is not enough simply to imagine. Sukkot is a festival that we must roll up our sleeves for and plunge ourselves joyfully into its manifold preparations. The light-filled window of opportunity afforded us between the conclusion of Yom Kippur and the beginning of Sukkot just five days later, is just enough for us, if we labor with joy and without delay... to sit on the eve of Sukkot in our Sukkah - the one we imagined above, and to serve G-d in joy.
For this reason we are wishing today a divinely joy and light-filled holiday of Sukkot, which will begin Sunday evening. Forgive us for not sending out our traditional holiday greeting on Sunday afternoon, but we will be way too busy transforming that world that we imagined above into the amazing reality of Sukkot. Join us!
Chag Sukkot Sameach - A Joyful Sukkot to All!
ELUL: ONE LAST LOOK AT THE NEW MOON!
The new moon of Elul first appeared Friday evening in Israel, on Shabbat, and therefore we have no photos of the new moon during its first appearance. These photos were taken of the new moon over Jerusalem on Sunday night.
Still a beautiful sight!
Photo taken by Eden Rubin
GEMAR CHATIMA TOVA: MAY WE ALL BE SIGNED & SEALED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE!
The Temple Institute would like to extend our heartfelt blessings of a Chatima Tova (Inscription in the Book of Life) to all our friends, follower, supporters, fellow dreamers and builders toward the reestablishment of the Holy Temple in our day, and to the entire nation of Israel and all who trust in and honor the G-d of Israel!
Gemar Chatima Tova!
SHANA TOVA! BLESSING FOR A SWEET NEW YEAR!
The Temple Institute extends to all our friends and supporters, to the entire nation of Israel, to all who honor and place their trust in the G-d of Israel, and to all who dream of and work towat=rd the establishment of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, "a house of prayer for all nations," (Isaiah 56:7), blessings for a sweet New Year, (5777) a year filled with health, prosperity, love, family, peace, and all good things!
Shana Tova! May we all be written and signed in the Book of Life!
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE NEZER HAKODESH INSTITUTE FOR KOHANIC STUDIES!
Your generous contributions are enabling us establish the world's first institute for kohanic studies.
Our summer campaign to raise seed money to establish the world's first school for training Levitical Priests to serve in the Holy Temple has now come to a close. But you can still share in this historic effort. Click HERE to donate!
ELUL: THE KING IS IN THE FIELD!
The month of Elul, last month of the Hebrew calendar year, is an auspicious time for repentance, prayer and introspection. These are special days of Divine mercy, and the very essence of these days bespeak the basic human need for closeness with the Holy One, blessed be He... and His immediate and unequivocal response.
Training Kohanim for the Holy Temple: The First Fruits Offering
This spring, on the day following the festival of Shavuot, the kohanim of the Temple Institute's NEZER KAKODESH INSTITUTE FOR KOHANIC STUDIES performed a public reenactment of the traditional First Fruits and Twin Loaves offerings that are performed in the Holy Temple.
One part of the afternoon's activities was dedicated to young kohanim, who were dressed in priestly garments and took part in the First Fruits reenactment.
This short video provides a glimpse into the joy and gratitude which informs the First Fruit offerings, and also informs the work of the NEZER KAKODESH INSTITUTE FOR KOHANIC STUDIES.
To learn more about NEZER HAKODESH and how you can help us expand our program, please click here.
The First Fruits reenactment was produced in cooperation with the 'Women for the Holy Temple.'
Kindling the Seven Lamps of the Holy Temple Menorah
On the eighth day of Chanukah, 5775, the Temple Institute conducted a public Temple Service Practice Drill in which kohanim performed the hatavah (Menorah lamp preparation) and kindling of the golden Menorah as it is to be performed in the Holy Temple. The ceremony concluded with kohanim blowing on silver trumpets, followed by their recitation of Birkat Kohanim (the Priestly Blessing).
This short video provides a glimpse into the modern-day training of kohanim for service in the Holy Temple, which has grown into the NEZER HAKODESH INSTITUTE FOR KOHANIC STUDIES.
To learn more about NEZER HAKODESH and how you can help us expand our program, please click here.
Tisha b'Av 2016: A Time to Build
Love, commitment and a shared vision for the future? these are the qualities that a Jewish couple bring to the marriage canopy. These very same qualities will enable the people of Israel to go from merely breaking the glass of remembrance of the destruction, to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in our lifetime.
Watch and share!
Mother of Slain Hallel Ariel (z'l) Speaks Passionately about the Temple Mount and Holy Temple
Rena Ariel, the mother of 13 year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel (z'l), who was murdered in her sleep last Thursday by an Arab terrorist, addressed a large gathering of people who had come to her daughter's shiva (seven day mourning period) to comfort the family, and spoke passionately about the need for more Jews to ascend the Temple Mount (Har HaBayit) and for the nation of Israel to build the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash) in order to put an end to the current situation in which terrorists enter into private homes and murder innocent children.
Rena and her family have ascended the Temple Mount many times and are ardent and active in encouraging others to also ascend the Mount.
This video was originally posted by Daphna Gold-Goldreich.
Chag Shavuot Sameach - Happy Shavuot!
Forty nine days ago we all packed our bags and left Egyptian slavery behind us forever. Forty two days ago we all witnessed the splitting of the Sea of Reeds and crossed the sea on dry land, together. And this Sunday we will all stand together, as one people, at the foot of Mount Sinai ready to receive the unprecedented Divine gift of Torah directly from G-d's 'mouth,' as it were, the gift of life itself.
This holds just as true for us today, 4000 years later, as it did for the generation whose ups and downs along the forty year trail from servitude and dispossession to freedom and mutual responsibility, from a world in which we cry out to G-d in pain to a world in which G-d's Presence dwells among us, guiding our footsteps and informing our every thought and action.
We celebrate this central moment of "matan Torah" - the giving and receiving of Torah at Mount Sinai - in the history of Israel and all mankind every year, on the anniversary of the moment, the Torah mandated festival of Shavuot, (Saturday night-Sunday), immediately after completing forty nine days (seven full weeks - "shavuot" in Hebrew) from the exodus from Egypt.
Shavuot is, above all else, a call for the recognition of G-d's providence in our nation's history and in our personal lives. It is an opportunity to stand before G-d, alongside the altar in His Holy Temple, with Kohen (Temple priest) in attendance, and to thank G-d for the great gift of life with purpose and integrity granted us by adherence to Torah. And how does G-d Himself command us to most perfectly express our thanks and gratitude? By bringing the first-fruits of the harvest of the land of Israel.
We are not required to climb yet another mountain to prove our commitment, nor cross yet another Sea of Reeds to express our gratitude. We are simply asked to stand before G-d, just as we did at Mount Sinai, but this time to present G-d with a gift of our own, a gift that He, too, gave us, a gift of the fruit of the land of Israel, a statement that we recognize and thank G-d for each and every gift He bequeaths us, from the grandest (Torah) to the most humble yet no less precious and life-giving, the gift of the seven species native to the land of Israel - barley, wheat, olives, dates, pomegranates and figs.
The ability to stand before G-d and thank Him for the world He made for us to perfect with our thoughts and deeds is the key to truly accepting upon us the blessed 'yoke' of Torah.
The Temple Institute extends our holiday greetings to all our friends, followers and supporters, to all who live life by G-d's Torah, and to the entire nation of Israel. Chag Shavuot Sameach - Happy Shavuot!
Yom HaZikaron - Israel Remembrance Day for Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terror
On Israel's Memorial Day, the Temple Institute stands with all of Israel as we remember and honor all those who have fallen so that our nation may live. The memory of all those who gave their lives for the survival of the State of Israel is a blessing to us and a light to our path.
"O precious One of Israel
- upon your heights lay the slain!
How have the mighty fallen!"
II Sam 1:19
"Judah will exist forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
Though I cleanse, their bloodshed I will not cleanse, when Hashem dwells in Zion."
Counting The Omer: Torah's 49 Day Program For Spiritual Growth
The days of counting the Omer are special days, holy days. Each day resonates and broadcasts a particular spiritual emanation that corresponds to a Divine attribute, that challenges us to address issues within our personality that prevent us from reaching our full potential. According to tradition these issues correspond to specific levels of Spiritual growth.
During this period of time, our forefathers who exited from Egypt prepared themselves spiritually to receive the Torah. They were like newborns, just rescued from the clutches of evil. This required lots of intense preparation and self-examination. They had just been slaves to pharaoh, and now they were about to become servants of the one G-d. How does one make that switch? That is what these days are all about...
Join us each day on Facebook as we count the days of the Omer:
Click here to see archived video clips of Sefirat HaOmer with Rabbi Richman.
Weekly Torah Portion: Emor
The Holy Temple is not simply a unique place and time within which G-d's presence dwells and can be experienced by all who enter. The Holy Temple, within which G-d's presence is overwhelmingly in the here and now, shapes for all humanity, near and far, the space and time in which we live and the way we perceive our own place in space and time. The appointed Temple festivals around which our lives are centered, and the detailed precision of the daily service in the Holy Temple, create a spiritual gravitational pull that frees us from our own misconceptions and disorientation and puts us in step with the Creator of the universe.
Emor (Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23)
Parashat Emor is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 6, 5776/May 14, 2016
If you are living in the diaspora and are studying parashat Kedoshim this week, view Rabbi Richman's Kedoshim teaching below.
Passover Greetings from the Temple Institute!
Rabbi Chaim Richman, on behalf of the Temple Institute, shares a holiday greeting with the Institute's supporters, friends and fellow travelers, and with the entire people of Israel and all who love the people of Israel and the G-d of Israel throughout the world.
Passover is the festival of freedom, of liberation from physical, spiritual and intellectual bondage. The Korban Pesach - the Passover offering - isn't merely a symbol of freedom and redemption, it is the catalyst and the means of attaining freedom, literally liberating us through our adherence to G-d's commandment to perform the Passover offering on the 14th of Nisan, every year, every generation.
May we merit to fulfill the Torah commandment of the Passover offering this year in the rebuilt Jerusalem!
Chag Pesach Kasher ve Sameach - a Kosher and Happy Passover to all!
The Passover Recipe That You DON'T Want to Miss!
The Temple Institute presents Chef Yochanan Lambiasse, who will guide you through three scrumptious Passover recipes and then unveil THE Passover recipe that you DON'T want to miss!
Wherever you are celebrating Passover this year, you will want to see this video!
Passover: Freedom for all Mankind!
To learn more about the Korban Pesach (Passover offering) and to see Chef Yochanan's delicious recipes, please click here!
This Passover Visit the Temple Institute: Pre-Order Your Tickets Online!
This Passover the Temple Institute has made it easier than ever to reserve a time to visit the Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center in Jersualem's Old City. The Intermediate Days of Passover, Sun. - Fri., April 24 - 29, the Holy Temple Visitors Center will be receiving thousands of holiday visitors. If you are planning a visit, it is advisable to purchase your tickets in advance. You can now reserve a time for your visit and pay for your tickets online. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
Temple Institute Inaugurates Historic Registry of Biblically Eligible Kohanim
Unprecedented program will seek to identify and select kohanim (descendants of the priestly tribe of Aaron) whose status of Biblical purity enables them to attend to the preparation of the Red Heifer.
The Temple Institute announces the second stage of its monumental project to restore Biblical purity (tahara) to the world, with the initiation of a historic registration of qualified kohanim. Those kohanim whose status can be verified will be eligible to be among the first to participate in the renewal of numerous Torah commandments, including the preparation of the Red Heifer.
Male Kohanim born and residing in the Land of Israel who have exercised caution with regard to exposure to the Biblical impurity of death are eligible for inclusion in this registry. This includes those who were not born in hospital and who have not visited hospitals (unless they are certain that they remained in a state of purity throughout their visit), or cemeteries.
This week is parashat Para, marked by the reading of a special Torah portion that focuses on the precept of ritual purification through the Red Heifer. There could be no better time to begin this bold new initiative. For more information, please contact the Temple Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rena Richman: The Eternal Challenge of Amalek
Why did G-d allow the cruel Amalek to set upon His people, just out of Egypt, exhausted from flight, and just making its first troubled steps as a free people? Rena Richman explores this question in a teaching she delivered at the South Plains Hebraic Center in Lubbock Texas, February 23, 2015.
Temple Institute's Silver Trumpets Pierce the Heavens in Mass Prayer Rally Opposite the Temple Mount
Thousands of people filled the Western Wall Plaza this afternoon, facing the Temple Mount, to beseech G-d for compassion and deliverance from the evil machinations of those who are seeking to destroy Israel. The mass prayer gathering was a lead-up to tomorrow's Ta'anit Ester (Fast of Esther), which was first decreed by Ester 2500 years ago when the Jews living in the Persian Empire were in danger of extinction at the hands of the evil Haman.
As has become customary in recent years, the mass gathering was accompanied by trumpet blasts sounded by silver trumpets made by the Temple Institute for use in the Holy Temple.
In his code of law - the Mishne Torah - Maimonides states that it is a positive Torah commandment to cry out and sound the trumpets over every trouble that may come, as it says: "Against an enemy who oppresses you, you shall sound short blasts of the trumpets" (Numbers 10:9)
The photo shows Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, head and founder of the Temple Institute, and Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat (Safed). Rabbi Eliyahu and Kohanim (Temple Priests) are sounding silver trumpets.
New Heights in Holy Temple Music Research
On the afternoon of Tu B'Shevat (January 25), the Jerusalem correspondent of the Reuters News Agency conducted a fascinating interview with renowned musicologist, scholar and composer Rabbi David Louis, as well as the Institute's International Director, Rabbi Chaim Richman, at the Temple Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center. The subject of the interview was the Temple Institute's research into the Levitical music, which has led to the Institute's latest initiative to create, in cooperation with an established Israeli musical academy, a syllabus of traditional Holy Temple music, as well as a center that will be dedicated to the training of Levitical musicians and vocalists in the music which is performed in the Holy Temple. The interview also included a video recording of David Louis performing a number of his own compositions on a very unique lyre that he personally designed.
The interview and accompanying video will be made public by Reuters as both a video and podcast in the coming days. We will be sure to post them on Facebook. More photos can be seen here.
Rabbi David Louis is a veteran musician and researcher into the Biblical and Holy Temple roots of Jewish music. He has teamed up with the Temple Institute in the past for several musical/educational videos. The following links are to the videos David Louis recorded with the Temple Institute:
Tu B'Shevat Showbread Reenactment with Temple Priests
On Monday afternoon, Tu B'Shevat, the New Year for Trees, the Temple Institute participated in a multi-organizational event which featured a festive Tu B'Shevat meal, followed by a reenactment in which kohanim (Temple priests) prepared twelve loaves of Lechem Pannim - showbread - and placed them on the Golden Showbread Table, just as it would be done in the Holy Temple. Today's reenactment was the latest chapter in the Temple Institute's ongoing program to train and prepare kohanim for their work in the future Holy Temple, as well as to educate and instill greater Holy Temple consciousness in the public at large.
The menorah which stands today in Jerusalem's old city Jewish Quarter, overlooking the Temple Mount, is the work of the Temple Institute. It was created exclusively to be used in the new Holy Temple. The menorah was painstakingly crafted after years of extensive research by the Temple Institute's full time staff of researchers. The conclusions upon which the construction of the menorah was based took into account archeological evidence and, of course, the halachic (Jewish law) requirements of materials, dimensions, ornamental affects and manner of manufacture as first delineated in the Book of Exodus, and further explicated by Jewish sages throughout the millennia.
The menorah weighs one-half ton. It contains forty five kilograms of twenty four karat gold. Its estimated value is approximately three million dollars. The construction of the menorah was made possible through the generosity of Vadim Rabinovitch, a leader of the Jewish community of Ukraine.
Since the menorah was moved from its former location in the old city's Roman Cardo to its current location alongside the Yehudah HaLevi steps leading down to the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount, it has become a place where thousands of people stop daily, meet friends, learn about the menorah, marvel at its beauty and envision its ultimate standing place in the Kodesh Sanctuary of the rebuilt Holy Temple.
Temple Mount Status Quo: Now Forbidden to Nurse a Jewish Baby on the Temple Mount
The Temple Mount "status quo" which so many politicians hold dear to their hearts and consider sacred, now has a new fold:
Until now the "status quo" imposed by the Netanyahu-Kerry-Abdullah triumvirate "only" forbade Jewish prayer, Jewish tears, Jewish laughter, Jewish lip moving, Jewish body swaying, Jewish bowing, Jewish standing motionless, Jewish singing, Jewish eating and Jewish drinking, now also forbids a Jewish mother from nursing her crying Jewish infant.
Shame on all you feckless politicians and self-important pundits, judges, rabbis, human rights activists and feminists, etc., who endorse and support the racist policy of "status quo" on the Temple Mount! Are your rights to express your thoughts and opinions more sacred than the right of a Jew to pray on the Temple Mount? Or of a mother to nurse her hungry baby?
The video shows the Jewish woman arguing with policemen who are telling her that she needs to leave the Temple Mount if she wants to nurse here baby.
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Former Jerusalem Police Chief Miki Levi on the Temple Mount
Former Jerusalem Police Chief Miki Levi, currently a member of Israel's Knesset, speaks passionately about the Temple Mount, and defends it from the ever increasingly brazen lies and historical distortions being disseminated by Israel's own Arab citizens.
Miki Levi was Jerusalem police chief during Arab terror war against Israel which began in 2000 and ended with Israel's Defensive Wall military operation in which the Israeli army reasserted its presence in Judea and Samaria. During this period Jerusalem suffered many deadly attacks.
During his term as Jerusalem police chief, Levi was known for expressing support for Jews who ascended the Temple Mount.
As seen in this video, Miki Levi is deeply knowledgeable about the Temple Mount, and does not hesitate to go after the Arabs who spread lies and poison about the Temple Mount and who work incessantly to both deny the existence of and destroy archaeological evidence of the Holy Temple.
Christian Activist Exposes Horrific Discrimination on Temple Mount
It is not only Jewish worshipers who are violently discriminated against on the Temple Mount. Christian worshipers meet the same discriminatory fate at the hands of the Muslim officials who have been granted control of the Temple Mount. This is not new, but this video presents a graphic example of the Islamic apartheid being practiced on the Temple Mount.
Ascending the Temple Mount on Rambam Day
On the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Cheshvan, 850 years ago, the great Jewish sage, Maimonides, (Rambam), at great peril to his life, ascended the Temple Mount and prayed at the place of the Holy Temple. His Temple Mount prayer was the climax of a journey fraught with danger that Maimoinides took by sea from Morocco to the land of Israel during the time of Crusader rule. Rambam was so moved by his ascent and prayer on the Temple Mount he instructed his children and his childrens' children to mark the day with a festive meal to the end of time.
10 years ago the Temple Institute began a modern tradition of ascending the Temple Mount each year on the 6th day of Cheshvan to honor the great Maimonides on the day of his ascent to the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Chaim Richman describes the significance of ascending the Temple Mount in light of the murderous violence being perpetrated by Muslims against the people of Israel and the G-d of Israel in the land of Israel.
"YOU SHALL REJOICE BEFORE HASHEM YOUR G-D" (Leviticus 23:40)
On Rosh HaShana we are commanded to stand before G-d, to recognize His sovereignty over all creation and to declare that He is King. On Yom Kippur we are commanded to recognize within ourselves the G-d given freedom of choice to do good, and the Divine gift of teshuva - the ability to draw nearer to G-d! On Sukkot we are commanded to build for ourselves temporary booths, to take for ourselves four species, and to "rejoice before HaShem your G-d for seven days." It is hard to imagine a sweeter climax to the intensive spiritual efforts we have been making during the weeks leading up to and including Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur. For seven days G-d crowns each and every one of us as sovereigns in our own mini-world, built with our own hands, filled by G-d with the presence of the Holy Shechinah - the same Divine Presence that fills the Holy Temple and bestows blessing upon all mankind.
Sukkot is a festival intended for all the nations. Throughout the seven days of Sukkot seventy pure unblemished bulls are offered to HaShem on behalf of the seventy nations of the world. The Simchat Beit HaSho'eva Water Libation Ceremony which takes place each day in the Holy Temple, is a time of ecstatic joy for all Israel. Today we taste but a whisper of the intense unity and joy felt in the Holy Temple.
The Temple Institute extends to all our friends and dedicated supporters, to all who long for and work toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the renewal of the Divine service, to the entire nation of Israel and to all who give honor to the G-d of Israel, a joy-filled Sukkot holiday. May we all meet soon in the Holy Temple, built with our own hands and filled by G-d with the presence of His Holy Shechinah - and blessing for all mankind!
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"May We All be Inscribed in the Book of Life"
(from the Yom Kippur prayer service)
Yom Kippur is the Day of Days on the Hebrew calendar. It is the day that the Kohen Gadol, (the High Priest), enters the Holy of Holies, the holiest of places which is beyond the dimensions of time and space, and lays down the ketoret incense offering upon the Foundation stone from which the world was created, and upon which rests the Ark of the Covenant, the bearer of G-d's eternal covenant with Israel. It is here that the Kohen Gadol utters a prayer on behalf of the entire nation, on behalf of all mankind.
This perilous, exhilarating moment in time and space is one we can all share with the Kohen Gadol if we take advantage of this opportunity to push ourselves to the limits of our being and stand before G-d as a beloved child before a Parent, as a valued subject before a benevolent King, with resolve in our hearts, determined to inform the coming year with the purity and promise of this moment.
The Temple Institute wishes to extend to all our friends and supporters, to the entire nation of Israel and to all people who love and honor the G-d of Israel, the prayer that we will all be written into the Book of Life, and that 5776 will be a year of sweetness and blessing for us all!
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Shana Tova uMetuka - Blessings for a Good and Sweet New Year!
"And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a holy convocation: you shall do no manner of servile work; it is a day of blowing the horn unto you. And you shall prepare a burnt-offering for a sweet savor unto HaShem: one young bullock, one ram, seven he-lambs of the first year without blemish; and their meal-offering, fine flour mingled with oil, three tenth parts for the bullock, two tenth part for the ram, and one tenth part for every lamb of the seven lambs; and one he-goat for a sin-offering, to make atonement for you; beside the burnt-offering of the new moon, and the meal-offering thereof, and the continual burnt-offering and the meal-offering thereof, and their drink-offerings, according unto their ordinance, for a sweet savour, an offering made by fire unto HaShem." (Numbers 29:1-6)
Our sages teach us that Rosh Hashana marks the sixth day of creation, the day that adam harishon - the first man - was created. The particular place was none other than what would come to be known as Mount Moriah. We further learn that it was on this very spot that Adam first sinned and repented. Here he built an altar and presented an offering. Some twenty generations later it was here that the angel stayed the hand of Avraham at the binding of Yitzchak. It was here that the ram appeared, providing Avraham with the means through which to express his love for G-d.
Rosh Hashana is the day that we recognize the sovereignty of G-d the King, Creator of the universe and Judge of all mankind. The day on which "all beings pass before Him like tender sheep," Rosh Hashana's message is truly universal: it is incumbent upon all mankind to accept upon ourselves G-d's sovereignty, and to take account of our thoughts and actions, in light of this awesome recognition.
The trumpets sounded before the entrance to the Kodesh - the Sanctuary - of the Holy Temple on Rosh Hashana are reminders of G-d's dominion. The sound of the shofar - likewise blown on the Sanctuary steps, emanates from breath itself, the breath that comes from deep within us, where it was placed, for the first time, by G-d, in Adam, on the sixth day.
The Temple Institute extends to all our friends and loyal supporters, to all those who long for and work toward the building of the Holy Temple and the renewal of the Divine service, to the entire nation of Israel and to all G-d fearing people around the world, our wishes for a good and sweet year of blessings and plenty, health and happiness. May 5776 witness the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!
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!
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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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