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ASCENDING THE TEMPLE MOUNT ON THE 855TH ANNIVERSARY OF RAMBAM'S HISTORIC ASCENT

 

Today I ascended the Temple Mount to mark the 855th anniversary of the Rambam's (Maimonides) historic ascent to the Temple Mount on the 6th of Marcheshvan, where he prayed, in "the great and holy house." The Rambam's personal ascent to the Mount plus his teachings concerning the proper way to ascend the Temple Mount for the purpose of performing the positive commandment of Mora Mikdash (giving honor to G-d in the place of the Holy Temple) are of crucial importance to this day, as more and more Jews are following the Rambam's footsteps and ascending the Temple Mount in purity.

 

TEMPLE TALK RADIO: WRESTLING WITH AN ANGEL!

TEMPLE TALK RADIO: WRESTLING WITH AN ANGEL!

PREPARING FOR WAR, RECONCILIATION AND PRAYING TO G-D!

YAAKOV ALL ALONE & THE HIDDEN LIGHTS OF CHANUKAH!

 

Yaakov escapes the clutches of his clinging father-in-law Lavan only to walk into the open arms of his brother Esau. Are Esau's arms open wide in order to embrace, or in order to crush the life out of Yaakov? Yaakov's nighttime standoff with a mysterious man/angel leaves him limping but wins him the title of Israel - "for you have striven with G-d and with men, and you have prevailed."

POSITIVITY & THE HOLY TEMPLE: 8 DAYS CHANUKAH: WHY?

 

Why do we celebrate Chanukah for eight days? Because of the miracle of the single cruse of pure olive oil which burned for eight whole days, of course! But there may be another reason why we celebrate Chanukah for eight days. That is how long it took for the Maccabean kohanim (priests) to rid the Temple of the Greek idolatries, to purify the Temple and to reconstruct the vessels stolen by the Greek occupiers.

mizbeach (מזבח) altar

 

 

 

WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: VAYEITZEI

 

Dreams are a partial and veiled version of reality. They may be our subconscious speaking to us. They may be nonsense. But they also may be a way to tap into the awesome nature of the world we live in and the vast potential to see what is not so apparent on the surface. It is a bit unfortunate that we frequently cannot remember most of our dreams. Perhaps they contain smidgens of visions like this one Yaakov had. Perhaps they could show us things about ourselves that would open up gateways to a heaven that we didn’t know were there. Perhaps they could even show us that wherever we go, we might find ourselves in the house of G-d. Life, in a sense, is being in the house of G-d and not knowing it.

Vayeitzei (Genesis 28:10 - 32:3)
Parashat Vayeitzei is read on Shabbat:
Kislev 12, 5781/November 28, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WATER LIBATION REENACTMENT: A PHOTO-RETROSPECTIVE

 

For the past 12 years the Temple Institute, in cooperation with other Temple organizations, has been conducting a Water Libation Ceremony reenactment during the week of Sukkot. The reenactment, which attracts 100s of participants, begins with a march down to the Shiloach spring in the heart of the City of David. There, kohanim draw pure waters from the Shiloach spring, which they carry in a silver flask back to Jerusalem’s Old City, outside the Temple Mount. On a model altar the kohanim reenact the Nisuch HaMayim - Water Libation Ceremony - which took place each day of Sukkot on the great stone altar which stood in the Temple Courtyard.

This year, due to Covid 19, we are not able to conduct the reenactment. The following photos, taken in past years, will have to hold us over until next year, when, G-d willing, we will be performing the real Water Libation Ceremony, in the rebuilt Holy Temple!

 

 

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