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this page last updated: Marcheshvan 6, 5775 / October 30, 2014

 

 

The Temple Mount 2014: A Clash of Civilizations

Marking the 849th anniversary of the Rambam's (Maimonides) historic ascent to the Temple Mount, (Marcheshvan 6/October 30), many Jews have been ascending the Temple Mount throughout the week.

This video shows clearly the stark contrast between a group of Jews who ascended the Temple Mount for a spiritual experience, to be in the place of the Holy Temple and to be seen by G-d, and paid Muslim agitators, whose violence and hatred defiles the holy site.

Police passivity in the face of Muslim hatred and aggression can also be seen clearly in this video, as the police stand aside while repulsive hate-chanting and -purse-swinging veiled Muslims swarm the Jewish worshipers, blocking their path , while all the time hurling curses at them.

The ascent filmed for this video was made in honor of the 849th anniversary of the Temple Mount ascent made by the great sage Moshe ben Maimon, (Maimonides). Maimonides ascended the Temple Mount during the Crusader occupation of the land of Israel, a time in which Jews traveled anywhere in the land of Israel at great peril to their lives. But once having successfully made the journey from Acco, in Israel's north, to Jerusalem, the Rambam was able to ascend the Temple Mount and pray without any interference. Today, Jews are forbidden to pray, at the risk of being arrested, all for the purpose of an Israeli policy bent on appeasing Muslim intolerance.

Yesterday's attempted assassination of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick at the hands of an "offended" Muslim offered terrifying proof of the bankruptcy of Israeli appeasement of extremist Muslims.

We call upon the government of Israel to immediately rid the Temple Mount of all expressions of Muslim violence and intolerance, and to grant, guarantee and protect at all costs, Jewish rights to worship as free men in this holy place.

Click here to learn more about Rambam's Temple Mount ascent.

 

THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE RESPONDS TO ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON FORMER DIRECTOR YEHUDA GLICK

 

Rabbi Chaim Richman released this statement today:

The Temple Institute condemns the shooting attack in Jerusalem against its former director Yehuda Glick, in a deliberate and calculated assassination attempt just moments after the conclusion of an annual conference on the subject of Jewish prayer at the Temple Mount.

Yehuda is a selfless champion of the right for Jews to pray at the Temple Mount who works tirelessly towards this goal, and together with all of Israel, we are deeply concerned for his welfare, and in prayer for his speedy and complete recovery.

Responsibility for this despicable act rests squarely upon the government of Israel and the Israel Police, who have allowed the Temple Mount, Israel's holiest site, to degenerate into an arena that hosts daily occurrences of unbridled and heinous expressions of Jew-hatred. From organized, Hamas-funded incitement, to ambushes against Jewish visitors, to Molotov cocktails and rocks, to spray-painted swastika graffiti. While in the political arena, PA Chairman Abbas's recent statement that Jewish visits should be stopped 'by all means,' and PM Netanyahu's 'assurances' to Jordan's King Abdullah that he will not allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount - all this has proven that violence against Jews pays and has paved the way to the attempted murder of Yehuda Glick.

The Israeli government’s response to the attack is criminal and yet another gift to the Muslim agitators. While they have announced that the Temple Mount will be closed to both Jews and Muslims, pictures have already emerged showing known Muslims troublemakers roaming freely on the site, while Jews are locked out. We call upon our government to enforce full entry and full Jewish prayer rights immediately.

It must be stated clearly that Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount simply come to be seen by G-d in the holiest place on earth. We seek no conflict with anyone and merely want to exercise our right of freedom of worship in the heart of Jerusalem. The Temple Mount should be a symbol of universal unity, peace and brotherhood of mankind.

The Temple Mount is prophesied to become 'a house of prayer for all nations' (Isaiah 56:7). The attack against Yehuda Glick is an attack against every Jew who seeks to pray on the Temple Mount, who seeks peace for all nations, and against every civilized human being who cherishes religious freedom and expression. To gun down a peaceful advocate for the right to pray is attempt to silence man's hope for equality, and attempted murder against the Divine image in which all men were created.

The Temple Institute, along with the entire nation of Israel, prays for Yehuda's (Hebrew name for prayers: Yehuda Yehoshua ben Ita Brendeil Rivka) quick and complete recovery. May we all participate in the building of the Holy Temple soon in our days.

 

Weekly Torah Portion: Lech Lecha

Avraham avinu (our father Abraham), sought G-d and loved G-d. G-d called to Avraham to leave all behind and journey to a land G-d would bequeath to Avraham's as yet unborn children. Avraham's understanding that the world has a Master and that He rules His world with love and with justice informs Avraham's children to this day.

Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27)
Parashat Lech Lecha is read on Shabbat:
Marcheshvan 8, 5774/November 1, 2014

 

TEMPLE TALK RADIO: MAR CHESHVAN AND THE THIRD TEMPLE

ABRAHAM'S GUARANTEE FOR MANKIND

THE MONTH OF MAR CHESHVAN: MAKING G-D'S DREAMS COME TRUE

Temple Talk is now available on the Temple Institute YOUTUBE CHANNEL!

 

On the backdrop of the onset of the 'bittersweet' month of MarCheshvan, the 'silent' intifada of Arab violence in Jerusalem, and the mission of our father Abraham in this week's Torah portion of Lech Lecha, this week's edition of Temple Talk, finds Yitzhak Reuven and Rabbi Richman analyzing the special mystical relationship between this month, which features no major holidays, and the future dedication of the Third Temple. Temple and Temple Mount activism are emanating from Mount Moriah all the way to the halls of the Knesset... there is a natural, intuitive and ongoing spiritual revolution in Israel that is the legacy of our forefather Abraham and the key to the rebuilding of the Temple in our time.

Click to hear TEMPLE TALK!

 

On the Eighth Day

 

Today is the seventh and final day of Sukkot. Known as Hoshana Raba, 'the day of Great Salvation,' today marks the concluding day of the process of introspection, soul searching and return that began fifty one days ago at the start of the month of Elul. On Rosh HaShana we recognized G-d's authority over His creation and on Yom Kippur we received His judgement, written, signed and sealed, but not yet delivered. Not until today, Hoshana Raba, a day of study and supplication, of prayer and repentance. Only today does our judgement receive a second sealing and is readied for delivery. Now what? What do we do after we have already done so much to make up for past mistakes, to improve ourselves, to determine our path in the upcoming year? What does G-d do, He who has passed judgement on all His children?

G-d does the only thing a loving father could or would do: He holds onto us for one more day! Shmini Atzeret - the Eighth Day Assembly - which we begin to celebrate this evening as Sukkot draws to its conclusion, is G-d's way of saying "Stay with me one more day, My children," a gesture of overwhelming intent that G-d has judged His children favorably.

And what do we do? Why naturally, we read the final portion of the Holy Torah, the closing verses of Deuteronomy, and begin anew, reading the opening verses of Genesis, the seven days of creation. We embrace G-d's Torah, His lifeline to His children, literally dancing with it throughout the day, just as it will embrace and dance with us throughout all the days of the new year, enlightening, explaining, challenging and comforting us as we make our way through the new year of 5775.

May 5775 be a good year for all the people of Israel, and for all who embrace the G-d of Israel and hold dear His children. May 5775 be a year of blessing and good tidings for all of us! May 5775 be marked by great strides toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!

 

Festival of the Water Libation 5775

On the 18th of Tishrei, the 3rd day of chol hamoed – the intermediary days of the Festival of Sukkot (Sunday, Oct. 12 2014) – history was made in Jerusalem. For the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, a reenactment of the famed Festival of the Water Libation (Simchat Beit HaShoeva) was held, under the direction of the Temple Institute and in cooperation with the Association of Temple Organizations. Cohanim (men of priestly descent) dressed in priestly garments, accompanied by a crowd estimated at many hundreds, descended to the ancient Shiloach spring in the City of David, and drew water in a special Temple vessel. The ceremony was marked by dancing and singing, and the sounding of blasts from the shofar and silver trumpets. By the time the procession reached the old city of Jerusalem, the ranks of participants had swelled to well over one thousand.

The sages of Israel state that “whoever has not seen the Festival of the Water Libation has never seen true joy” (Tractate Sukkot 51:a). This celebration, which took place every night during the Sukkot festival in the Holy Temple, was the height of the holiday joy of Sukkot, and the purest fulfillment of the Biblical commandment, “And you shall rejoice on your festival, and you shall be only joyous” (Deut. 16). The drawing of the water from the Shiloach spring is associated with the verse (Is. 12:3) “You shall draw water with joy from the springs of salvation,” and is a unique tradition that Moses received at the Sinai Revelation. At dawn, the water was taken up to the Temple Mount and poured into a vessel on the corner of the altar. This ceremony is also associated with the resting of the spirit of prophecy upon the people of Israel.

This educational event is another great milestone in the preparations currently taking place towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. The huge and enthusiastic crowds who participated in the event are testimony to the great desire for the Holy Temple that is expressed by the people of Israel. For our reenactment, a model of the altar was built and erected in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Once arriving back from the City of David, the actual ceremony of the water libation was demonstrated before the large crowds of spectators and holiday celebrants that had gathered. Prominent rabbis were present and participated in this historic, educational practice of the Water Libation. May we merit to build the altar in its proper, Divinely-appointed place on the Temple Mount, and may we be blessed to perform the Festival of the Water Libation in the Holy Temple!

 

The Festival of Sukkot 5775

Our yearly rendezvous with G-d, which began in the month of Av, built up steam throughout the month of Elul, left us reeling and breathless from Rosh HaShana and literally out of this world on Yom Kippur, now places us in the only place possible for us to be in our heightened state of close proximity to G-d: in our Sukkot booths. These temporary dwellings are like our own personal Holy of Holies - beyond time and space - a heavenly embrace - seven perfect days.

Chag Sameach - חג שמח - Have a Joyful Sukkot!

 

May We All be Sealed in the Book of Life!

 

A PERSONAL YOM KIPPUR MESSAGE FROM RABBI CHAIM RICHMAN, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year, and man's closest brush with the Divine. On this day, with sincere repentance and resolution for the future, we can merit a whole new beginning. The experience of standing before our Creator on this potent day is absolutely awesome. "For on this day He shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you; from all your sins before Hashem you shall be cleansed" (Lev. 16:30). On this day, the judgment of every individual, every nation, indeed of the whole world, is sealed. But before it is sealed, we can still change the decree, such is the unparalleled power of repentance. This is our chance to make things right; to come clean, to make amends and mean it. But sincere and heartfelt repentance does not come easy; our task on this day requires intense inner honesty and recognition. True repentance is based on sincere remorse, admitting mistakes, confronting ourselves and resolving to change. The potential of this day is so great that it can become a life-altering experience. But the real proof of whether we will have achieved anything will be yet to come: when confronted with the same situation again we will have the opportunity to demonstrate whether we have changed, or whether we have merely gone through the motions.

In the time of the Holy Temple, when the people standing in the Temple court, hear the ineffable Name of G-d uttered by the High Priest, they fall on their faces and prostrate themselves completely, totally overwhelmed by the reality of His presence in their lives. Yet despite the awe-inspiring nature of the day which lends it an almost surreal quality, at the same time Yom Kippur is the most joyous day of the year as well. In the Holy Temple that joy is palpable. Our sages teach that on Yom Kippur and Tu’ B’Av, the 15th of the month of Av, the daughters of Jerusalem would dance in circles in the fields, reflecting the concept of love and unity.

What is the source of this great joy? It is nothing less than the revelation of the true nature of our relationship with G-d. Everybody knows how essential it is to believe in G-d. But who knew that G-d also believes in us?

In the book of Lamentations (Chapter 3) we find the verses, "The L-rd's kindness surely has not ended, nor are His mercies exhausted. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! Hashem is my portion, says my soul, therefore I have hope in Him."

What is meant by the words, 'great is Your faithfulness?' Shouldn't it read, 'great is my faithfulness?' What does G-d's faithfulness refer to – His faith in Himself?

G-d has faith in man, His creation, to choose good over evil. He has faith that our goodness will prevail. He has faith that we will justify and validate our creation. But we also have to have faith in ourselves.

Yom Kippur requires not only faith that G-d forgives us. It also requires us to forgive ourselves; to reassert our faith in ourselves, just as G-d has faith in us.

In 1817 the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the phrase 'willing suspension of disbelief.' He suggested that if a writer could infuse "a human interest and a semblance of truth" into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. In other words, it's possible to 'suspend,' or put aside, the fact that you really don't believe that this could be happening.

Can this really be happening? Will G-d really forgive us; will we forgive each other – and ourselves? Can we suspend our belief in our own failure and inadequacy long enough to reconnect with who we really are... who we really could be... who we really want to be? Can we suspend our disbelief in ourselves, our disbelief in humanity, long enough – just for this one day – to put aside the lenses of jaded vision through which we view ourselves and one another, and take a chance on a new beginning?

The transformation that takes place on Yom Kippur, the Divine embrace that holds us on this day, requires us to believe it is possible for us to change, from this moment on, forever. That's G-d's promise of Yom Kippur: It's never too late to begin life anew.

May we blessed with newness, forgiveness, and belief. May we be sealed in the Book of Life for a Good and Sweet New Year!

Shalom from Jerusalem!

Rabbi Chaim Richman

 

The Temple Institute Wishes a Shana Tova - A Good New Year - to All!

 

A PERSONAL NEW YEAR’S GREETING FROM RABBI CHAIM RICHMAN, INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE

The rebuilding of the Holy Temple, as described by every prophet of Israel, is about building a better future for all mankind. This is the life’s work that the Temple Institute has dedicated itself to. The Institute gives thanks to G-d, and expresses deepest appreciation to all its supporters, who share the vision of the Holy Temple.

This past year the Temple Institute has made monumental progress in the areas of Temple preparation, education, awareness and activism. At the same time, as we reflect upon all that has transpired in the past year throughout Israel and the world, we are called upon to confront the force of opposition and evil that challenges everything that the Holy Temple stands for in this world: the side of goodness, of light; the side of the G-d of Israel. The world is taking sides. Which side are you on? No one can stand on the sidelines any longer. As the barbaric scourge of terror spreads throughout the world, we recall the words of Haggai the prophet, reminding us of the true role the Holy Temple fulfills in the life of mankind: “In this place I will grant peace, the word of the Lord of Hosts.”

As the year 5774 comes to a close, we are witness to an intense spiritual revolution taking place in the Land of Israel, growing stronger by the day. We are closer than ever before to the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. The destiny of all humanity hangs in the balance. So much has transpired in the past year. We now prepare ourselves for Rosh HaShana, the birthday of Adam haRishon (the first man), awesome time of judgment for all mankind. It is a time conducive to intense spiritual growth and resolution; an appointment with destiny for all Adam’s descendants. May this be the last year without the Holy Temple!

May you, together with all your loved ones, be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a Sweet New Year with every Heavenly blessing.

Shalom from Jerusalem!
Rabbi Chaim Richman

 

THE TI SHOFAR CHALLENGE

  1. Blow the Shofar (or at least try to)
  2. Proclaim: “This Year in Rebuilt Jerusalem”
  3. Donate to the “Build the Third Temple” Indiegogo Campaign
  4. Nominate 3 others to accept the challenge within the next 24 hours
  5. Upload to Facebook & tag your friends!

Proceeds go toward creating architectural plans for the Holy Temple.

For more details & to donate, click here! Click here to see who has taken up the TI Shofar Challenge!

 

Tisha B'Av 2014: The Children Are Ready III

When will the third Holy Temple be rebuilt? The old school thinks it will only happen when everyone is united by unconditional love. But the future is now. Today’s youth are already linking arms together and putting aside all differences, ready to rebuild. It is the inspiration of the Holy Temple itself, with its promise of hope and peace that brings together all people in unity. This is the generation that will rebuild the Holy Temple.

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A Different Code Red: Tola'at Shani Harvest Season

 

These days in Israel "code red" is the warning system telling citizens that another Hamas terror missile is heading in their direction, and they have between 15 seconds and one minute to find cover.

But, beginning one week ago and continuing for the next two weeks, coinciding with the three week period of reflection and introspection concerning the destruction of the Holy Temple 2000 years ago, and the urgency of rebuilding it today, in our generation, a different red alert is in season.

The tola'at shani (crimson worm) harvest in the land of Israel begins in the middle of the month of Tammuz and lasts approximately three weeks, effectively covering the same time-span as the three weeks of reflection known as bein hameitzarim - between the straits.

The tola'at shani is a tiny insect which lives on a particular species of tree growing at a specific altitude. Found in different parts of the world, the tola'at shani can also be found in certain locations in Israel. The time for its harvest is now, when it is laying eggs upon the bark of trees. It is the eggs that produce the crimson dye specified in Torah as the source of the crimson red used in the garments of the High priest, the red wool used as an ingredient in the ashes of the red heifer, and the parochet - the massive curtain that separated the Holy of Holies from the Sanctuary in the Holy Temple.

Lishkat HaParochet - the Chamber of the Parochet - is the name of an association of women dedicated to researching, teaching and ultimately producing the massive parochet curtain to be used in the Holy Temple. Lishkat HaParochet is busily engaged during these three weeks in leading crimson worm harvests. Children and adults are volunteering to help collect the small tree-dwelling insects, which the women of the Lishkat HaParochet will turn into the crimson dye required for the parochet curtain.

The rediscovery of and revival of the science of dying using the tola'at shani (crimson worm) in modern Israel is the work of Professor Zohar Amar of Bar Ilan University. Click here to learn more about the tola'at shani.

 

New Red Heifer Update

 

We are pleased to share this new photograph of our red heifer, candidate for playing an important role in the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. This photograph was taken last week. The heifer, in an undisclosed location, is currently six months old. This photo shows that she has now completely shed her winter coat, revealing her summer coat of deep auburn. We hope to update with more photos soon.

Watch the video, Breaking News: Red Heifer Born.

Click here to learn more about the red heifer.

 

The Cult of Tragedy, Part 1

The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age old battle against the victory of defeat.

 

The Cult of Tragedy, Part 2

The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age old battle against the victory of defeat.

 

Muslim terrorists in al Aqsa mosque, Temple Mount

Footage taken from inside the al Aqsa mosque on Sunday, July 13th, reveals what has become a regular event in this Islamic "place of worship:" Holing themselves up in the mosque, into which the police will not enter, the Muslim terrorists throw stones and incendiary devices out the door at police and Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. 

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POLICE ADMIT: DOUBLE STANDARD ALLOWS MUSLIM RIOTERS ON TEMPLE MOUNT - KEEPS JEWISH WORSHIPERS OFF MOUNT 

In a Temple Mount related hearing yesterday, Israel Police District Commander Avi Biton disclosed that police received intelligence reports last Thursday warning of planned Muslim violent disturbances which in fact took place on Sunday morning. As reported yesterday, hundreds of Muslims, many of them masked, barricaded themselves inside the al Aqsa mosque from where they attacked police and Jews on the Temple Mount with stones and incendiary devices. Tens of policemen and Muslims were injured in the clash, which resulted in the police closing the Mount to Jews and arresting ten Muslim rioters.

When questioned why, in light of the intelligence received on Thursday, the police failed to prevent the Muslims from entering the the Mount carrying their arsenal of rocks and fireworks, Biton admitted that the security check performed by the police on Muslims upon entering the Temple Mount is extremely superficial, in contrast to the rigorous security check police perform on Jews wishing to enter the Mount.

Representatives of the Temple Mount movement present at the hearing expressed their amazement at the police force's consistent and persistent failure to curb Muslim violence and incitement on the Temple Mount, while at the same time performing invasive and humiliating searches on Jews, looking for religious articles such as prayer books or stars of David.

In related news, it was reported today that a Jewish man was arrested this morning on the Temple Mount after having entered the Mount via a "Muslim only" gate.

 

The Cult of Tragedy

This article originally appeared in The Jerusalem Post, June 27, 2013

 

by Chaim Richman

 

The month of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of "the Three Weeks," has traditionally been associated with weeping and tragedy.

The fast of Tammuz 17 begins a period of national mourning for the destruction of the Holy Temple, ending with solemn day of Tisha Be’av. The month of Tammuz, which marks the beginning of "the Three Weeks," has traditionally been associated with weeping and tragedy.

The name Tammuz originates from a major Sumerian and later Mesopotamian deity, ultimately transposed in the Greek pantheon as Adonis. The Jerusalem Talmud (Rosh Hashana 1,2) states that the names of the months originated in the Babylonian exile. But even if that was the accepted practice of nomenclature, why would the sages of Israel allow for Jewish tradition to be so influenced by pagan culture as to identify one of the months of the sacred calendar with an idol? The month of Tammuz expresses a concept, and holds a secret that can be unlocked by its very name. This month is about transformation, and by its name it issues a challenge to Israel to rise to its national calling: Face idolatry head on, do not shirk or hide from the responsibility of bringing about change. Read more...

 

Muslims on Temple Mount Celebrate Hamas Missiles

On the night of July 8th Hamas terrorists fired from Gaza an unprecedented number of missiles into the cities and towns of Israel, including Israel's eternal capital Jerusalem. This video, filmed and originally posted by a Muslim participant in the celebration, captures the outbreak of spontaneous cheering, singing and hate-filled chanting when the crowd heard first the warning siren and then the explosion of an incoming missile.

From the three-fingered salute which Muslims flashed during the three-week long ordeal of the three Jewish boys who were kidnapped and murdered, to the current "three cheers" for missiles falling in Jerusalem, devout Muslims in Islam's purported "third holiest place," the Temple Mount, never miss an opportunity to exhibit their hate for others and thirst for blood.

 

The Temple Institute, together with all of Israel, cries out to Heaven over the painful and tragic news that the bodies of the kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Sha'ar have been found, and the awful truth - that they have been murdered by despicable terrorists - has been revealed.

May G-d avenge their deaths.

The photo, which shows a group of university students on the Temple Mount, is not directly related to the article below.

 

The Jewish Soul and the Temple Mount: A Love Story

A first-time ascender tells her story of spiritual discovery
and astonishment on our most holy site.

 

I am an Israeli woman. I am not what one would label as “religiously observant” in terms of Judaism. However I am Jewish and have a Jewish soul. I cannot explain my thirst for more knowledge on all things connected to Judaism and my constant search for learning more. I came across The Temple Institute quite by chance, and through a good friend, a strong supporter of Israel, whom I would love to meet face to face one day. She asked me a few intriguing questions about the Temple Mount. I told her what I knew, having just finished an online course,”The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem” (highly recommended), and then suddenly it occurred to me light a flash of light. Why on earth have I never visited my holiest site? I have been everywhere else countless times. I started searching and found out, like a slap in the face, that we have been sort of brain washed into automatic mode of thinking only of the “Kotel” (Western Wall), “Kotel”,“Kotel”... as our holy site, even though we know Temple Mount is our holiest site.

Click here to read more.

Stand Out From The Crowd

 

Stand Out From The Crowd

 

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Education: publications, online teachings, videos, educational programs across Israel and the USA

Action: the recreation of the Temple vessels, in strict accordance with Torah law, ready for use in the 3rd Holy Temple

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Muslim Hate-fest on the Temple Mount

On the morning of June 25, 2014, some forty Jews ascended the Temple Mount to be seen by G-d and pray on behalf of the three Jewish teenagers who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists two weeks ago. Hundreds of Muslim men and women and a Hamas organized summer camp for Muslim children greeted the Jews with thunderous jeers and curses, waving their shoes and holding up their newly minted obscenity: a three-finger "victory" sign, signifying their gloating pride in the kidnapping of the three Jewish boys. For more than one hour the Muslim mob followed and lunged at the Jewish worshipers. This video shows a few brief examples of the twisted Muslim culture of hatred in which Muslim children are indoctrinated, and which passes for the "status quo" on the Temple Mount.

The Temple Institute, together with the entire nation of Israel, prays for the speedy and safe return of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha'ar, who have been kidnapped by enemies of Israel. We ask that you join us in solidarity and prayer for the lives of these three Jewish children:

Ayal ben Iris Teshua
Yaakov Naftali ben Rachel Devora
Gilad Michoel ben Batgalim

 

Breaking News: Red Heifer Born

Emblematic of the rapid unfolding of events in these crucial times of redemption, a red heifer was recently born. The owners of the red heifer contacted the Temple Institute to share the news and receive instructions concerning the proper care of the red heifer. The Temple Institute contacted a professional documentary film producer who provided this exclusive footage of the red heifer.

The ashes of the red heifer are necessary for the final preparation of the sacred vessels to be used in the Holy Temple, and for the purification of the kohanim (Temple priests) who will serve in the Holy Temple.

Click here to earn more about the red heifer.

Help to Build the Holy Temple in Our Time

 

Help to Build the Holy Temple in Our Time

 

For nearly three decades, the Temple Institute of Jerusalem has led the way in preparing for the re-establishment of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment, “And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them” (Ex. 25:8). The Temple Institute continues to create the authentic vessels for use in the Third Temple, which are currently on display at the Institute’s headquarters in Jerusalem. These vessels have already been seen by over one million visitors to Jerusalem. In addition to the creation of these vessels, the Temple Institute publishes unique educational materials and holds educational seminars, and its representatives teach all over the world. The Institute’s research staff investigates and prepares the scientific and technological aspects of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple, using cutting edge, state of the art methodology.

In honor of the Torah portions focusing on the Tabernacle which are currently being read and studied by the people of Israel, we present a window into the work of the Temple Institute, showcasing the restoration of the Temple vessels, all kosher for use in the soon to be rebuilt Third Temple, made according to the exact requirements and specifications of Biblical law.

Previously posted pictures of Temple vessels:

Please DONATE generously to help the sacred work of the Temple Institute! Every contribution helps to rebuild the Holy Temple in our Time! Click HERE to help.

First-Fruits Reenactment

 

Shavuot Twin Loaves & First-Fruits Reenactment

This past Sunday, June 1st, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with other Temple organizations, presented a Shavuot Symposium, featuring a reenactment of the special festival Twin Loaves and First Fruit Offerings. This reenactment was conducted by kohanim, (priests of the lineage of Aharon), students of the Temple Institute's recently opened school for kohanim. Click here for more description and breathtaking photographs.

 

The Festival of Shavuot

Intimately connected to the land of Israel, Shavuot is the festival of the bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple. Shavuot is also the anniversary of the Sinai revelation and the receiving of Torah by Israel, and since the destruction of the Holy Temple the emphasis of Shavuot has been Torah study. Ultimately, Torah study and the bringing of the first-fruits are both expressions of the centrality of Torah in our lives. When we build the Holy Temple we best exemplify the fulfillment of Torah in this world by the bringing of the first-fruits.

 

Singing & Dancing on the Temple Mount

Jerusalem Day, May 28, 2014: Arabs have barricaded themselves in the Al Aqsa mosque, and are throwing rocks; old Muslims men are screaming Allahu achbar; the police are exceptionally tense, and 100s of Jews are ascending the Temple Mount. Trying to avoid a flare-up, the police limit the Jewish entry to five minutes. But when one group of Jews was being exhorted by the police to leave poste-haste, they suddenly broke out in spontaneous song and dance. A truly beautiful sight to behold!

Happy Jerusalem Day!

 

Celebrating Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount

Today, the 28th day of the month of Iyar, (May 28), 100s of Jews, (and 100s of tourists), ascended the Temple Mount to celebrate the 47th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem and the liberation of the Temple Mount, on June 7th, 1967.

The Muslim Waqf did their best to dampen our joy and chase the Jews from the Mount, and although the police did close the Mount to non-Muslims mid-morning, it was only after 100s of Jews ascended.

The children of Israel have rediscovered the Temple Mount, the place of the Holy Temple. Each day, each week brings 100s and 1000s of more Jews to the Temple Mount. Jerusalem is the Holy Temple, and the Holy Temple is Jerusalem. With joy and determination, and with G-d's help, we will rebuild the Holy Temple.

Happy Jerusalem Day!

Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount

 

100s of Jews Planning to Mark Jerusalem Day on the Temple Mount

 

As in past years, many Jews will be lining up early Wednesday morning at the Mugrabi Gate entrance to the Temple Mount in order to mark Jerusalem Day and give thanks to HaShem on the Temple Mount. This year, G-d willing, will witness the largest Jerusalem Day gathering of Jews on the Temple Mount ever.

 

Today is 45 Days, which are 6 Weeks and 3 Days of the Counting of the Omer

 

"You shall count for yourselves - from the day after the rest day (Passover), from the day when you bring the Omer of the waving - seven weeks, they shall be complete. Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to HaShem." (Leviticus 23:9-12)

For the duration of the 49 days of Sefirat HaOmer our daily counting will be accompanied by photographs chronicling an ascent and circumnavigation of the Temple Mount in our day. This photo, taken on Jerusalem Day, shows hundreds of Jews waiting on line for the gate to open so that they can ascend to the Temple Mount. This is a sign of the changing times as the Jewish reconnect to the Temple Mount is rapidly turning into a massive movement. Soon may we see these lines waiting to go up to visit the ruins of the Holy Temple be replaced by lines of festival pilgrims waiting to ascend to the rebuilt Holy Temple! Chodesh Tov Sivan!

 

Sefirat Ha'Omer: Up For the Count!

Every day counts, if we count every day! The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot provide us ideal time for introspection and spiritual progress. Reflect upon your own soul and burnish your Divine image.

 

RED HEIFER REPORTED! SHARE THE NEWS!

 

We have recently received photographs from a rancher in Arkansas showing what appears to be a perfectly red heifer. Note that in this untouched photograph the heifer has a red nose and reddish hooves, essential markings of a red heifer. The note that came with the photo stated that the heifer has never been put to work and has never been yoked. Perfectly red heifers, as this appears to be in the photograph are a rare occurrence among Red Angus cattle. We are familiar with the region where this heifer is being raised and intend to send an emissary to further inspect and document the red heifer.

Click here to learn more about the red heifer.

 

A Beautiful Soul has Departed: We Mourn the Passing of Levi Goldsmith z'l

 

With profound sorrow we announce the passing of Levi Goldsmith, of blessed memory, father of Rena Richman and father-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Richman. Levi Goldsmith was a sweet and holy man whose whole life was Torah, prayer and family. Levi dreamed of coming home to Israel, and, just one month before his passing, made aliya with his wife to Israel. Among Levi's many merits and achievements are three generations of his children, all of whom live in the land of Israel and are among its most devoted builders and guardians.

We share in the family's sorrow: "May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

 

Congressman Andrew Harris on Fact-Finding Mission to the Temple Mount

On May 14th, 2014, Republican Congressmen Andrew P. Harris, M.D., Maryland, and Ron DeSantis, Florida, joined Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute on a visit to the Temple Mount. As part of Rabbi Richman's group of Jewish worshipers, the congressmen were exposed, first-hand, to the discriminatory treatment received by Jews on the Temple Mount. Congressman Harris shares his thoughts.

Yom HaAtzmaut

 

Happy Israel Independence Day from the Temple Institute!

 

Psalm 126

"A song of ascents. When HaShem brought back those that returned to Zion, we were as dreamers.

Then our mouths were filled with laughter and our tongues with songs of praise; they said among the nations, "HaShem has done great things with these."

'HaShem has done great things with us; we were happy.'

Return, HaShem, our captivity like rivulets in arid land.

Those who sow with tears will reap with song.

He will go along weeping, carrying the valuable seeds; he will come back with song, carrying his sheaves."

Want to learn more about how the Jewish festivals of Passover, Shavuoth, and Sukkot were celebrated during the time of the Holy Temple? How Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur were observed? Would you like to consult a timeline of the history of the Holy Temple? Come visit our Study Tools page.

 

To view features which have previously appeared on the Events page, please go to TI Digest.


 

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