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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: WRESTLING WITH G-D!

ARCHAEOLOGICAL ADVENTURERS IN JERUSALEM!

THE MYSTERY OF AN EMBRACE!

 

An embrace can be loving and it can be adversarial, and it can be both. What is the true meaning of Yaakov and Esau's embrace? What is the true meaning of Yaakov's embrace of the mysterious angel who came upon him at night? Why is Yaakov renamed Israel? And why can't archaeologists resist digging in Jerusalem's treasure laden soil?

Temple Talk is now on Spotify & Deezer!

 

TEMPLE JAM: JEWISH PRAYER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, PT. 2

 

In this week's Jam session Abba Horowitz & Yitzchak Reuven continue to discuss the hot topic of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount. Why is Jewish prayer on the Mount so important and why are so many people afraid of Jewish prayer on the Mount? Why does the Israeli government drag its feet and deny Jewish citizens of the one Jewish state their Jewish and legal right to pray freely, audibly and openly on the Temple Mount? Be prepared for a heated discussion between Abba & Yitzchak!

Part of our Temple Jam mission is to try to answer our listener's questions. If you have questions about the Holy Temple, please send them in, and we will do our best to answer!

Temple Jam is available on Spotify & Deezer!

 

WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: VAYESHEV/וישב

 

Dreams: What are they made of? Where do they come from? Are they simply expressions of our slumbering minds at night? Are they dictations from deep within ourselves? Or are they messages from an outside source with the ability to bridge the future and set the course for our lives as they unfold?

Vayeshev (Genesis 37:1 - 40:23)
Parashat Vayeshev is read on Shabbat:
Kislev 23, 5782/November 27, 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!

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