TISHA B'AV 5780 (2020) ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT
There is nothing so humbling, so awe inspiring and empowering as ascending the Temple Mount on the 9th of Av - the day of the Holy Temple's destruction 1950 years ago. We can mourn the Temple's loss from now to eternity, if that's what we want. But if rebuilding the Holy Temple is our true goal, as well it should be, we need to commemorate the past while boldly facing the future. Rebuilding the Holy Temple begins today!
POSITIVITY AND THE HOLY TEMPLE: PRAISE HASHEM
The power of positive affirmations found in the words and verses of Jewish Scripture can change both our outlook on life, our relationship with G-d, and our understanding of G-d's loving-kindness which He bestows upon us every moment of our lives. "HaShem is for me, I don't fear." G-d is for Me! G-d is our greatest cheerleader! Our good is G-d's greatest joy!
TEMPLE TALK RADIO: TU B'AV: WHAT A GREAT DAY FOR REBUILDING THE HOLY TEMPLE!
REFLECTIONS ON THE CHANGING DYNAMICS OF THE 9TH OF AV
EKEV: EVERY COMMANDMENT, JUST LIKE EVERY SOUL, IS IMPORTANT TO HASHEM
Being on the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av, and paying G-d a personal call, transforms the 9th from a day of mourning to a day of consoling, and a step toward rebuilding the Holy Temple. Tisha b'Av is the first day of a seven day festival concluding with the 15th of Av, (Tu b'Av), which will one day be celebrated in the rebuilt Holy Temple. The power to make this midsummer festival a reality is in our hands!
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: EIKEV
"Man does not live by bread alone," but for man to thrive in G-d's world the Torah suggests a five part program: Love G-d, fear G-d, serve G-d, follow G-d and do - as G-d commands. The world and all that is in it, belongs to G-d. We serve ourselves best by recognizing G-d and developing our relationship with G-d. Torah's five part program shows us the way.
Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25)
Parashat Eikev is read on Shabbat:
Av 18, 5780/August 8, 2020
Heifer Update! (June, 2020/Tammuz 5780)
"HaShem spoke to Moshe and Aharon, saying: This is the statute of the Torah which HaShem commanded, saying, Speak to the children of Israel and have them take for you a perfectly red unblemished cow, upon which no yoke was laid."
Thus we are taught in Numbers 19 the laws of the red heifer, whose ashes when prepared properly by Temple priests can achieve for Israel the highest level of biblical purity attainable.
Equipped with the ashes of the red heifer the entire nation of Israel, men, women and children will be able to participate in the three pilgrimage festivals, and enter into the inner courtyards of the Holy Temple, fulfilling the Torah commandment to see and be seen by G-d three times a year, as we read in Deuteronomy 16:16:
"Three times in the year, every one of your males shall appear before HaShem, your G-d, in the place He will choose: on the Festival of Matzot and on the Festival of Weeks, and on the Festival of Sukkot, and he shall not appear before the HaShem empty-handed." Deut. 16:16
Five years ago the Temple Institute began its Raise a Red Heifer in Israel project. Just under two years ago we announced the birth of our first red heifer candidates, two perfectly red heifers, eligible for the historic role of being THE red heifer who returns to Israel, after 2000 years, the ability to achieve the highest level of Torah purity.
Since their birth, the rabbinic experts of the Temple Institute have been keeping a close watch on these heifers, for any non-red hair that a heifer sprouts, or any minor injury that the heifer sustains will disqualify it from being a kosher red heifer.
This past week, (June, 2020), we visited our two most advanced red heifers and filmed them. In the upcoming weeks they will receive another visit from the Temple Institute's experts for yet another close inspection. Should either or both of these red heifers remain eligible candidates, we will soon be ready to advance toward the stage of actually preparing the ashes.
From the footage we are looking at our two heifers seem perfectly red, but clearly they need to be cleaned up and properly inspected to truly determine their status.
How wonderful to imagine that these two innocent, unsuspecting creatures, could, in the very near future, advance Israel and the world to the next stage of the redemption and the building of the Holy Temple.