On Thursday, September 15, 2022, 5 PM, 5 perfect, unblemished red heifers arrived in Israel from the USA. A modest ceremony was held at the unloading bay of the cargo terminal at Ben Gurion airport, where the new arrivals were greeted and speeches were made by the incredible people who have put their hearts and souls and means into making this historic/prophetic day become a reality.
We invite you to join us in our worldwide effort to produce the longed-for ashes of the red heifer!
THE WORLD OF SHOFARS
Hearing the sound of the shofar is the single, unique commandment of Rosh HaShana. The shofar we blow on Rosh HaShana is made from a ram's horn. Why is that? Can a shofar be made from the horns of other animals? What makes a kosher shofar? Rabbi Dr. Natan Slifkin, the Founder and Director of the Biblical Museum of Natural History in Israel, answers these questions and much, much more, in this fascinating, hands on teaching about shofarot.
A TEMPLE MOUNT MOMENT: THE WOMEN'S COURT (EZRAT NASHIM)
Special guest Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum describes the Women's Court (Ezrat Nashim), which was located right behind where he is standing on the Temple Mount.
Rabbi Simcha Hochbaum is a scholar and lecturer in Yeshivat Reishit and Machon Ma'ayan. He serves as Minister of Tourism in Hevron where he has lived for the past 26 years and is also famously known for his tours of the Old City in Jerusalem where he showcases his vast knowledge of the city and the Temple that once stood in its midst.
A Temple Mount Moment is the joint project of the Temple Institute and the High on the Har organization. Temple Mount experts and co founders of High on the Har, Dr. Melissa Jane Kronfeld and Rabbi Yehuda Levi present each week fascinating facts and insights about the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple, its past, present and future!
THE HOLY TEMPLE! WILL IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE?
We recently took to the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and asked the question: "What would building the Holy Temple mean to you?" We asked Israelis and tourists alike: men, women, older people and younger, religious and not religious, and were amazed at their answers. Everyone took time to think, to take a deep breath, and to answer us honestly, some with great hope and anticipation, some with skepticism and trepidation, but all with sincerity and heart.
And now we are asking you:
"What would building the Holy Temple mean to you?"
"If you woke up tomorrow and the Holy Temple was built, how would it change your life?"
"Will it bring peace to the world?"
Tell us your thoughts!#bethechange
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: THE RED HEIFERS HAVE ARRIVED!
WE ARE ALL STANDING BEFORE HASHEM OUR G-D!
LET THE SHOFAR TAKE YOU TO HASHEM!
Making history and fulfilling prophecy all at the same time, five perfectly red heifers have arrived in Israel, all the way from Texas, with love! What a great way to close out the Hebrew year 5782 and begin 5783 - which starts Sunday evening - Rosh HaShana! Listen to the sound of the shofar - let it carry you home - back into the arms of HaShem - He's expecting you!
Temple Talk is now on Spotify & Deezer!
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: KI TAVO/כי תבוא
It's easy to believe in G-d when timews are good. And it's tough to belive in G-d when times are hard. But without the difficult times maybe we take the good time for granted. To see G-d in the picture, everywhere, in good times and in bad, that's the secret to the longevity of the Jews, and to living our lives to the fullest. Is this the reason why parashat Ki Tavo contains a seemingly endless list of rebukes should Israel stray? To teach us that as bad as things can get, G-d is always with us, and better times will come?
Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 - 29:8)
Parashat Ki Tavo is read on Shabbat:
Elul 21, 5782/September 17, 2022
Weekly Torah Study is now on Spotify & Deezer!
BLUE, PURPLE & CRIMSON: THE COLORS OF THE TABERNACLE!
In the book of Exodus we read of the building of the desert Tabernacle, the Sanctuary in which G-d will dwell amongst His people. We learn of the beautiful fabric dyed sky blue and royal purple and crimson red. We learn that the Israelites, inspired by G-d with wisdom, understanding and knowledge, produced these colors. But Torah doesn't reveal the secret, how? In our day these ancient, long forgotten arts and sciences have been rediscovered here in Israel. Enjoy this glimpse into the fascinating renaissance of biblical dye-making, filmed in the re-established town of Shiloh, at the site of the ancient Tabernacle.
JUDITH ABRAHAMS, THE MASTER WEAVER WHO WOVE THE HIGH PRIEST'S ROBE
Judith Abrahams is a master weaver who was commissioned by the Temple Institute to weave the me'il techelet - the all blue tunic of the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), which can be seen at the Institute's Jerusalem exhibition. In this beautiful documentary, which was filmed by Graham and Ronit Humberstone in 2020, Judith shares her personal journey and enlightens us with her passion for weaving which has led her to study traditional Navajo weaving with the Navajo Nation in New Mexico, and then, employing the "chochmat lev - wisdom of the heart" (Exodus 35:25) that she accrued, to weave the High Priest's robe. Judith now sets her sights on weaving the Parochet, the massive curtain which separated the Temple Sanctuary (Kodesh) from the Kodesh HaKodeshim (the Holy of Holies). The Temple Institute thanks Graham and Ronit for allowing us to present their video on our YouTube channel, in order to share Judith's story with a wide audience. And, of course, great thanks and appreciation to Judith Abrahams, for blessing us with her talents and her inspiration.
"And all the skilled (chochmat lev) women spun with their own hands, and brought what they had spun, in blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and in fine linen. And all the women who excelled in that skill spun the goats’ hair." Exodus 35:25-26)