Thursday, July 11th, 2013
Following the success of the Temple Institute’s viral video last Tisha B'Av which reached an audience of over 1 million viewers, the Temple Institute has released a sequel which will begin a new genre of Jewish world videos.
The Children are Ready II depicts an emotional journey that begins in a shul during the traditional mourning and recitation of Eicha on Tisha B’Av and ends with a dramatic twist in which the next generation demonstrates their willingness for change and an end to the mourning.
The two and a half minute video is likely to emotionally shake up Jewish communities worldwide by reframing the day, focusing away from the past and towards the future.
Last year, The Children are Ready inadvertently outraged the Arab world with the Egyptian government releasing a formal complaint and rebuttal videos made by Hamas and other Islamist organizations. The uproar was raised by a coincidental scene in which a newspaper that featured an article on Morsi’s election fell on the ground.
"The Temple Institute wants people to focus on the true meaning of Tisha B’Av" said Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute. "Tisha B'Av is not about just mourning, it is about contemplating a world devoid of the Beis HaMikdash, a house of peace and prayer for all nations, and it's about asking: when will the mourning stop?" he added.
The Temple Institute is an educational, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the mitzvah of building a Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Since its establishment 25 years ago, the Temple Institute has become the primary authority on all Temple related matters. The Institute has published numerous books, in multiple languages, including The Illustrated Encyclopedia of The Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Temple Institute has recreated most of the keilim and instruments for use in the Beis HaMikdash, including the half-ton golden Menorah, the Kohen Gadol’s gem stoned adorned breastplate.
Through its educational programs, publications and multimedia lectures online, the Temple Institute's International Department provides direct access to the world of the Beis HaMikdash. The International Department is headed by Rabbi Chaim Richman, a Torah scholar and world renowned expert on the Holy Temple and its significance to mankind. The Temple Institute’s English website is the largest online educational resource dealing with the Beis HaMikdah.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)