A LARGE ASCENT TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT was organized for Israel Election Day, (January 22). Election Day, in Hebrew, Yom HaBechirot, resonates with an honored name traditionally given to the Holy Temple, Beit HaBechira - the Chosen House. In consideration of this lingusitic connection, and in order to pray to G-d that we may elect strong and proud Jewish leadership, many tens of Jews went up to the Temple Mount early Tuesday morning. Joining the assembly were some forty members of the Rinat Yisrael Synagogue from Teaneck, NJ. They were led by Rabbi Yosef Adler. Over recent years Rabbi Adler has taken many of his congregants up to the Temple Mount, although for many in todays group, this was their first time. The group was guided by the Temple Institute's Rabbi Chaim Richman. Needless to say, proper halachic preparations were taken by all before ascending to the Mount and the group only entered areas permitted by halacha.
The latest tempest in the mucky teapot of accusations, blind hatred and unbridled hubris leading up to the quadrennial orgy that is election season in Israel, is the Tzipi Livni Movement party’s call for the disqualification of American-born Jeremy Gimpel, number 14 on the Bayit HaYehudi list and according to polls, a probable member of Israel’s 19th Knesset. To read more click here.
The Ark of the Covenant
It’s well-known that the Temple Institute has no intention of recreating the Ark of the Covenant, unlike all the other sacred Temple vessels that can be seen in our Jerusalem headquarters, ready for use in the soon-to-be-rebuilt Holy Temple. The reason for this omission? We know exactly where the original is hidden, and when the time is right, it will be reinstated in its proper place. For the original ark was neither lost nor destroyed – it was hidden away by King Josiah of Israel, in anticipation of the impending destruction of the Holy Temple by the invading Babylonian army. In a subterranean chamber deep within the bowels of the Temple Mount prepared especially by King Solomon himself, the ark lays waiting for its own redemption. Until that time arrives, the Temple Institute’s spectacular new visitors center will feature a beautiful model of the Ark of the Covenant, created for educational purposes, never before displayed publicly. In this photo the model of the Ark is seen being hoisted up to a workshop, where it will undergo repairs and renovation, before being displayed in the Temple Institute's new Visitors Center. Another giant step towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!
For more information on the new Visitors Center, please click here.
Special Delivery: Copper Laver
The Temple Institute is busy preparing for the grand opening of its new Vistors Center. The massive Copper Laver (Hebrew, Kiyor), stands 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) tall and 2.8 meters (9.1 foot) in diameter and is kosher for use in the Third Temple. Twelve priests - kohanim - can approach the laver and simultaneously purify their hands and feet. The Laver is seen in the photograph being lifted by crane onto a tractor which will deliver it to its new home in the Temple Institute's Jerusalem headquarters. The photograph was taken outside the Old City walls. The Mount of Olives can be seen in the background. The Laver, which has never before been on permanent display, will receive a place of honor in the new Visitors Center. To learn more about the Kiyor, please click here, and here. For more information on the new Visitors Center, please click here.
Moslem Snow-Missile on the Temple Mount
Yes, snow has fallen in Jerusalem, and while many Jerusalemites, young and old alike, have taken to making snowmen, the winter wonderland on the Temple Mount has taken on a different tone, where a snow-missile had been been made. The "missile" which includes the inscription "M75" is referring to the M75 missiles which were fired by Hamas into Israel during November 2012's weeklong Gazan offensive. Now the snow-missile couldn't have been made by Jews, as they are not even allowed to pray on the Temple Mount for fear that moving their lips will harm tender Moslem sensitivities, so let's guess: The snow-missile must have been made by peace loving Allah worshiping Moslems! We can only thank them once again for expressing their true hatred for G-d and His people on this, the holiest spot in the world. Too much to ask the police to remove this monument to monumental hatred, but eventually the sun will shine, no doubt to the great, uncontrollable consternation of Moslems worldwide, and melt, once again, their dreams of destroying Israel.
Come Rain or Shine
Jan. 9, 2013/Tevet 27, 5773: It has been raining in Israel four consecutive days, hard, driving, torrential rain. In many part of Israel today the rain has turned to snow. Snow has been falling sporadically in Jerusalem today, mixed with sleet, rain and hail. A steady snowfall is predicted to cover Jerusalem overnight. Imagine for a moment the kohanim - the priests - who performed the various aspects of the Divine service in the Holy Temple, day in and day out, did so, rain or shine, hail, sleet or snow, in their flaxen garments, and in bare feet. They didn't wear down-filled overcoats, thermal underwear, water-proof insulated boots, woolen hats, mittens or scarfs - only their flaxen garments, and in bare feet. Imagine the sense of duty, dedication and devotion that guided them and allowed them to precisely fulfill their daily tasks, whatever the weather. May G-d continue to bless Israel with abundant rain, and may we soon rebuild the Holy Temple, and merit to see the sons of Aharon - the kohanim - return to their Torah ordained mission of performing the Divine service in the Holy Temple, come rain or shine, hail, sleet or snow.
The Temple Institute's New Visitors Center: Making Steady Progress!
Work on the Temple Institute's New Visitors Center is progressing apace. Too soon to say for certain, but we hope to open the doors on our new center in early 2013! Click here for more information.
Presentation of Jerusalem Award to Rabbi Yisrael Ariel
On January 7th, 2013/Tevet 25, 5773, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder of the Temple Institute received the prestigious Jerusalem Award in honor of his life's work. The award is a small but important token of recognition for one of the most important and revolutionary educators and visionaries in the modern era of the state of Israel. For 25 years, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel has been educating the public as to the imperative of rebuilding the Holy Temple, and the unparalleled part it will fulfill in reuniting nation with nation, and mankind with its Creator.
The award was presented on the first day of the two-day 10th Annual Jerusalem Conference, organized by the Arutz 7 News Site and the BaSheva weekly newspaper.
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, Founder of the Temple Institute Receives Prestigious Jerusalem Award
On January 7th, 2013/Tevet 25, 5773, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder of the Temple Institute received the prestigious Jerusalem Award in honor of his life's work. In the photo, lower left, he is seen receiving the award from Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. (Seated is Rabbi Chaim Druckman, was also received the Jerusalem Award.) Rabbi Ariel holds the Award in the lower right photo. The award was presented on the first day of the two-day 10th Annual Jerusalem Conference, organized by the Arutz 7 News Site and the BaSheva weekly newspaper.
Captured on Film: Illegal Arab Excavation on Temple Mount, Police Indifference
This footage was taken on the Temple Mount by Tzachi Devira, who is heard speaking to a police officer. We have added the English translation. (Click on the "caption" icon on the lower right and side of the video window, to see the translation.)
Tzachi Devira is the archaeologist who is responsible for the Temple Mount Sifting project. Tzachi and his team have sifted through hundreds of tons of debris that has been illegally excavated and removed from the Temple Mount by the Moslem Wakf. They have uncovered priceless remnants from both the first and second Holy Temple. The Wakf recently began again to dig illegally on the Temple Mount. Tzachi was able to attain an order from the High Court of Justice for the destruction to be halted. We see in the video that the Wakf is ignoring the court order in the presence of the police. Tzachi arrives with the court order in his hand and give the police little choice but to enforce the order. It is tragic that the police, instead of faithfully enforcing the law, are, in effect, aiding and abetting a crime of historic proportion: The intentional destruction of archaeological evidence of the first and second Temples.
The Temple Institute Achievement Awards
On Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5773 (November 14th, 2012), the Temple Institute held a gala 25th anniversary dinner in Dallas, Texas. The program gave honor to the G-d of Israel, and expressed the Institute's gratitude and appreciation to its friends and supporters. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of the lives that they lead, and their special efforts on behalf of the one true G-d. These men and women have shown great dedication to bring the knowledge of G-d to others through outreach, education and acts of loving kindness. Each of the recipients, through their convictions and their efforts on behalf of others, embodies what the Holy Temple truly is all about: the reunion of the family of man in the one place on earth where G-d has chosen for His presence to dwell, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and from this place of exalted assembly to spread the knowledge of G-d to the four corners of the earth.
Please take the time to view these five videos and become acquainted with these fine individuals who have devoted their lives, their passion and their livelihoods to making the world a better place. Click here!
One of the beautiful features of the Gala Dinner was the Dinner Journal, which described the work of the Temple Institute, included a blessing from the Institute's founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, and an introduction to the Awards Ceremony, which formed the main event of the day. The Journal also included many beautiful greetings from friends and supporters. We have now made the Journal available online in PDF format for all Temple Institute members. To download the Dinner Journal, please log in.
The Temple Institute is Moving to a New Location!
Bringing the Awesome World of the Holy Temple to an Unprecedented Level of Understanding
The Temple Institute is delighted to announce that after twenty five years of introducing visitors the world over to the sacred vessels of the Holy Temple and the dream, along with the practical measures being taken for rebuilding the Holy Temple, our headquarters will be moving in early 2013 to a new, expanded facility, which will include a brand new Visitors Center. Just a few hundred meters from our current location the new center will be located just above the Yehudah HaLevy stairs which lead from Jerusalem's Old City Jewish Quarter down to the Western Wall Plaza facing the Temple Mount. The new exhibition will include a highly advanced, state of the art presentation of the Temple-ready sacred vessels created by the Institute, garments of the High Priest, oil-paintings depicting aspects of the Divine service of the Holy Temple and model of the Holy Temple Complex. Visitors will also be able to see a scaled-down stone altar, made in accordance with Torah law, transportable and completely ready for use on the Temple Mount. Click here for more information.
Three Days in Tevet
The eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month of Tevet are each considered dark days in the history of Israel. At one time each of the three days was observed by a fast. Today we fast only on the tenth. What happened on these three days?
The 8th: The Septuagint
Click here to learn about the translation of the Hebrew Torah into Greek, known as the Septuagint, which occurred on the 8th of Tevet.
The 9th: The Passing of Ezra and Nechemiah
The 9th of Tevet marks the passing of Ezra and Nechemiah who led the Jews exiled in Babylon back to Jerusalem. Click here to learn more about their crucial role in Israel's history.
The 10th: Breaching the Walls of Jerusalem
The 10th of Tevet marks the beginning of the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in the year 586 BCE. Click here to learn more.
Chanuka: So Much More Than 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. Learn more about the days set aside to honor the Hasmonean victories over the Greek oppressors during the time of the second Holy Temple.
25th Anniversary Celebration: A Blessing by Rav Yisrael Ariel
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute, recorded this warm blessing to be heard at the occasion of the Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which took place in Dallas, Texas, on November 14th, 2012. Rav Ariel expressed his deep gratitude toward HaShem and his thanks to the people gathered at the dinner, and to all the Institute's friends and supporters, who in his words, don't simply pray for or dream about or even sing songs about the Holy Temple, but actually make real efforts toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. "May we all merit to speedily see the great and holy Sanctuary established, with the Divine Presence dwelling within it."
Temple Institute Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Moshe Feiglin
On November 14th (Rosh Chodesh Kislev) the Temple Institute held a Gala 25th Anniversary Dinner, celebrating twenty five years of the Temple Institute and honoring our dedicated friends and supporters. The honorable Moshe Feiglin, founder and head of Manhigut Yehudit, the Jewish Leadership Faction of the Likud party, was the Dinner's Keynote Speaker. Unable, at the last minute, to attend in person, due to party primaries in anticipation of Israel's upcoming parliamentary elections, Moshe delivered his heartfelt message by video.
Subsequent to the Institute's Gala Dinner, Moshe made a very strong showing in the Likud primaries, and is expected to become a member of the Israel Knesset in the upcoming February elections.The Temple Institute congratulates Moshe on his hard earned success and looks forward to his continuing to articulate and implement the principles he set out in his keynote address as a member of the upcoming national government!
A Quarter Century of Accomplishments
The culmination of many months of intensive efforts, the November 14th (Rosh Chodesh Kislev) Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, was a monumental and most gratifying success. The joyous occasion marked 25 years of trailblazing accomplishments by the Temple Institute and also served as an opportunity to honor and give thanks to our dedicated and selfless friends, supporters, and all those who believe in the importance of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, speedily, and in our days. We would also like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude toward all those who worked ceaselessly and without rest to help make the evening the unqualified success that it was. This video retrospective was premiered at the gala.
The Temple Institute's Founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, to Receive Prestigious Jerusalem Award
The Temple Institute is very pleased and proud to announce that its founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, has been named recipient of the Jerusalem Award, as part of the upcoming prestigious Tenth Annual Jerusalem Conference, under the auspices of Arutz Sheva and the Basheva weekly newspaper. The ceremony will take place in Jerusalem on January seventh, 2013.
25th Anniversary Gala Celebration Photo Album
We are very pleased to share with you this most beautiful photo album chronicling the Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration,which took place on the evening of November 14th, (Rosh Chodesh Kislev), at the Wyndham Hotel in Dallas, Texas. We are grateful to Roma Long for taking these photographs and sharing them with us. Click here.
A Quarter Century of Accomplishments
The culmination of many months of intensive efforts, last week's Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, was a monumental and most gratifying success. We apologize that we were unable to broadcast the proceedings live, as we had announced, due to technical difficulties beyond our control. We hope to be able to post pictures and video clips from the event, in the upcoming week. Most importantly, we would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude toward all those who worked ceaselessly and without rest to help make the evening the unqualified success that it was.
The Week of the Rambam
October 22 -26, the Temple Institute will be celebrating Maimonides? 6th of Cheshvan (Oct. 22nd) ascent to the Temple Mount with articles posted daily describing the Rambam?s life and times, his visit to Israel and the Temple Mount, and the commandment of Mora Mikdash - showing reverence for G-d on the Temple Mount. To keep abreast of our daily article, visit this page, join us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.
To begin day one, and learn about Rambam's early life in 12th century Spain and North Africa, click here.
To read day two, and discover what awaited Rambam in the land of Israel, held by the crusaders, click here.
To proceed to day three, and read in the Rambam's own words of his perilous journey through Israel and his ascent to the Temple Mount, click here.
To go to day four, and learn about the Rambam's own reflections on his ascent to the Temple Mount, click here.
On day five, view a four minute video shot stop the Temple Mount, where we recreate the Rambam's historic visit, and learn about the Rambam's life in Egypt. Click here.
Click here to download our Week of the Rambam artwork.
Isru Chag, (23 Tishrei, 5773/October 9, 2012), on the Temple Mount
ON OCTOBER 9TH, 2012, Rabbi Chaim Richman had the distinct pleasure of hosting sixty Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. The day was Isru Chag, a special designation given to the day following the holiday of Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the final festive day of the Tishrei holiday season. This was the largest contingent of Torah observant Jews that Rabbi Richman has ever had the privilege to lead around the Temple Mount. These were all members of the Ohel Ari Synagogue, located in the Israeli coastal town of Ra'anana. They were led by their congregational Rabbi, Ronen Neuwirth. For many of the participants this was the first time they had ever ascended to the Temple Mount. The aliya was organized by Rabbi Richman and Michael Freund, head of the Shavei Yisrael organization, Jerusalem Post op-ed contributor, and member of the congregation.
For the complete story and photographs, please click here.
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