HONORING MAIMONIDES' ASCENT TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT
On Marcheshvan 6, (October 12th), many Jews ascended the Temple Mount to honor and celebrate the 856th anniversary of Maimonides' historic ascent to the Mount, where he prayed at the "Great and Holy House." Maimonides, in his work, Hilchot Beit HaBechira (Laws of the Chosen House), chapter 7, relates in detail the rules and regulations for performing the positive commandment of Mora Mikdash - showing reverence to G-d in the place of His Holy Temple - which Maimonides explains, applies even today, as "Even though, the Temple is now in ruin because of our sins, a person must hold its [site] in awe, as one would regard it when it was standing."
Today, more and more Jews are following Maimonides lead and ascending the Temple Mount and praying, just as Maimonides did, in the "Great and Holy House" - the Temple Mount, place of the Holy Temple!
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: MAIMONIDES ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT!
AND NOW IT'S TIME TO PRAY FOR RAIN!
AVRAM & HASHEM - A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP!
Avram follows G-d's voice into an unknown land full with promises as Maimonides sets foot on the Temple Mount, and both men's legacies have changed the world. Tonight, now that all the Temple pilgrims are safe at home, we begin to pray for rain!
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TISHA BAV ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT 5781/2021
1,679 Jews ascended the Temple Mount today, the 9th of Av, 5781/2021, the day of the destruction of both Holy Temples. I was one of them. Join me on the Temple Mount.
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: LECH LECHA/לך לך
What's in a name? Destiny would seem to be the answer as G-d imposes some subtle changes to the names of elderly, barren Avram and Sarai, and renames them as Avraham and Sarah, the mother and father of "a great nation," through whom "all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Our names, given to us at birth, or perhaps chosen later in life, are an intrinsic part of who we are.
Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1 - 17:27)
Parashat Lech Lecha is read on Shabbat:
Cheshvan 10, 5782/October 16, 2021
RED HEIFER UPDATE, MARCH 1, 2021
Raising a perfect red heifer, fit and kosher to be used for the Torah required ashes of the red heifer necessary for achieving the highest level of ritual purity is a challenge! Even a few non-red hairs disqualifies a red heifer candidate. But the Temple Institute is determined to produce the first red heifer ashes in over 2000 years. This update of the status of our current red heifer candidates was timed to coincide with Shabbat Parashat Para - the next to last Shabbat of the month of Adar on which we read Numbers, chapter 19, which details the laws of the red heifer.
Learn more about the red heifer!
PARASHAT SHEKALIM: THE HALF SHEKEL OFFERING
Every year, on the first Shabbat of the month of Adar, (February 13), Jews in synagogues around the world read, in addition to the weekly Torah reading, the following six verses from Exodus 30:11-16. This is known as Parashat Shekalim:
"HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: 'When you take the sum of the children of Israel according to their numbers, let each one give to HaShem an atonement for his soul when they are counted; then there will be no plague among them when they are counted. This they shall give, everyone who goes through the counting: half a shekel according to the holy shekel. Twenty gerahs equal one shekel; half of such a shekel shall be an offering to HaShem. Everyone who goes through the counting, from the age of twenty and upward, shall give an offering to HaShem. The rich shall give no more, and the poor shall give no less than half a shekel, with which to give the offering to HaShem, to atone for your souls. You shall take the silver of the atonements from the children of Israel and use it for the work of the Tent of Meeting; it shall be a remembrance for the children of Israel before HaShem, to atone for your souls.'"
It is read on the first Shabbat of Adar as a remembrance of the days of the Holy Temple, in which officials were sent from the offices of the Holy Temple to every city and village throughout the land of Israel. There they would set themselves up in the central plazas and collect the half shekel (machatzit hashekel) donation for the funding of the public offerings throughout the upcoming year. It was obligatory for every soul in Israel (over the age of twenty) to make the half shekel contribution. To this day it is customary for Jews to make charitable donations throughout the month of Adar in the name of the half shekel donation.
As stated in the Torah, "there will be no plague among them when they are counted!" The half shekel donation is a guard against pestilence and pandemic!
Why half a shekel and not a whole shekel? To teach us that none of us are complete without the other. Only together can we complete one another and make positive change in the world!
The current value of the biblical half shekel is $12.00. All half shekel donations made to the Temple Institute will go toward the physical, spiritual and educational preparations necessary for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!