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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!
Weekly Torah Portion: Bamidbar
G-d knows your name. He's got your number. Torah is His to share with you. All its paths lead to Him. And all you've got to do is ask? No! All you've got to do is dedicate your every moment to living a life of Torah, and He will open each and every door. It's your birthright. This is what we learn from parashat Bamidbar, the opening chapters of the book of Numbers, and this is the message of the holiday of Shavuot - coming up this week!
Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)
Parashat Bamidbar is read on Shabbat:
Sivan 5, 5775/May 23, 2015
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: MUSLIM MAYHEM ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: A DECLARATION OF WAR
INTRODUCING THE BOOK OF NUMBERS
THE FIRST FRUITS OF SHAVUOT, THE HOLY TEMPLE AND THE LAND OF ISRAEL: IT'S THE REAL THING
New Beginnings: This week Israel begins to read the fourth book of Torah, Bamidbar, the book of Numbers which tells the story of the generation of the desert... the generation that received the Torah at Mount Sinai. This week we have also begun the new month of Sivan, and in just a few days we will be observing the Festival of Shavuot. Shavuot is the culmination of our seven week counting of the Omer... the anniversary of the Sinai Revelation, the giving of the Torah, marked by the bringing of first fruits to the Holy Temple. This week's passionate edition of Temple Talk focuses on Shavuot and the significance of our generation receiving the Torah anew. What will it take for us to make our acquisition of Torah real? What will it take for us to stem and cauterize the tide of anarchy on the holy Temple Mount? Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman as they connect the dots between the deteriorating situation on the Temple Mount, the Holy Temple, and Shavuot... and our own children, the generation that will truly receive the Torah at Sinai and rebuild 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!
The Sixth Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day is dedicated to you, our followers and supporters.
The Sixth Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day broadcast is made possible in part by the Shraga Family of America.
Your support is vital to the Temple Institute. Join us!
The 10 part 6th Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day Broadcast can also be viewed from the Temple Institute's Facebook page.
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S "POST-SHARING" COMPETITION IN CELEBRATION OF REACHING 100,000 LIKES CONCLUDES THIS FRIDAY
If you have been participating (or want to start now) please send us a screenshot of your Facebook page showing the number of times your friends have shared the post from your page. We will announce next week the winner, who will receive a 35 x 50 cm (13.77 x 19.68 inch) canvas print of the prophetic painting appearing in the post. Send your screenshots to firstname.lastname@example.orgMeanwhile, click here to keep on sharing the 100,000 followers & beyond post.
COMPETITION: HELP US MOVE BEYOND 100,000 FOLLOWERS AND WIN A COPY OF THIS PROPHETIC PAINTING!
As the Temple Institute's Facebook page approaches 100,000 likes, we would like to include you in a celebration of the Holy Temple and enlist your efforts in getting a jump start to 200,000 likes. Simply share this message and encourage your friends to do the same. On Rosh Chodesh Adar, (February 20th), the person with the most shares will win a 35 x 50 cm (13.77 x 19.68 inch) canvas print of this prophetic painting.
The painting depicts the building of the third Holy Temple in contemporary Jerusalem. The original oil painting, by Israel artist Ofer Yom Tom, is on display in the Temple Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center.
The Upcoming Month of Adar and the Half-Shekel Contribution
NEXT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY (February 19-20) mark Rosh Chodesh Adar - the beginning of the new month of Adar, the twelfth and final month of the yearly cycle that begins with Nisan, ("the first of your months" Exodus 12:2), the month of the exodus from Egypt. When the Holy Temple is standing and the Divine service is being performed daily, the month of Adar is full of preparations for the upcoming Passover pilgrimage festival which begins on the 15th of Nisan. In addition, the month of Adar is the month that the half-shekel is collected.
SHEKOLIM is the name of the group of verses, (Exodus 30:11-16), read in synagogues throughout the world on or before the first Shabbat of the month of Adar. This year it will be read on the Shabbat that immediately precedes Rosh Chodesh, (February 18). It is as follows:"And HaShem spoke to Moses, saying: When you take the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul to HaShem, when you number them; that there be no plague among them, when you number them. This they shall give, every one that passes among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary, (a shekel is twenty gera), a half shekel shall be the offering of HaShem. Every one that passes among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give the offering of HaShem. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give the offering of HaShem, to make atonement for your souls. And you shall take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shall appoint it for the service of the Tent of Meeting; that it may be a memorial to the children of Israel before HaShem, to make atonement for your souls."THE HALF-SHEKEL (MACHATZIT HASHEKEL) CONTRIBUTION was given annually for over a thousand years, being interrupted only by Nebuchadnezzar, whose army destroyed the first Holy Temple. The collection of the half-shekel was reintroduced by Nechemia and the returnees from Babylon, in preparation for the reconstruction of the altar and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. It was halted once more by Titus, the Roman destroyer of the second Holy Temple, in the year 70 ce, and finally banished by the emperor Hadrian some 65 years later.ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH OF ADAR, the public would be notified that the time had come to prepare for the half-shekel contribution. Collection stations would be set up in all the cities and villages of the land of Israel, as well as abroad. The annual half-shekel contribution provided the perfect vehicle for all the nation of Israel, both those of greater means, and those of lesser means, to express their concern and love for G-d and for His Holy