TEMPLE TALK RADIO: THE QUIET MONTH OF MARCHESHVAN
ARE WE OUR BROTHER'S KEEPERS? A QUESTION FOR THE AGES
NOACH, RIGHTEOUS & PURE, BUILT AN ARK AND BUILT AN ALTAR
The Quiet Month of Marcheshvan is full of possibilities and promises from HaShem. It ushers in the rainy season in Israel, and speaking of rain, Noach is called upon by G-d in this week's Torah reading to build an ark to save mankind. But it was Noach's own initiative to build an altar after the flood, and make offerings of thanks to G-d, thereby reuniting man with G-d's loving kindness.
POSITIVITY & THE HOLY TEMPLE: DESIRE HIS DWELLING PLACE
In times of plagues and pandemics we must take upon ourselves responsibility for the role that our conduct has on the global chaos we have been plunged into, and work to improve our ways in order to make a positive impact on the world around us. In the days of King David Israel was struck by a devastating plague. Our sages teach us that the plague was a result of Israel's lack of interest in building the Holy Temple. For hundreds of years Israel was established in the land, yet the Holy Temple was not yet built. In our modern history we have witnessed the same phenomenon - a lack of interest. But, of course, this negative reality has been met and countered by the work of the Temple Institute and others, and today an ever growing groundswell of Temple Mount and Holy Temple consciousness and positive action is awakening the nation. There is no better cure for the Corona virus and all its negative ramifications than the building of the Holy Temple, soon, in our days!
A short list of Hebrew words used by Rabbi Abba: ♦ parasha (פרשה) weekly Torah reading section ♦ pasuk (פסוק) verse ♦ Bereshit (בראשית) Genesis, (literally, the first word of Genesis, meaning "In the beginning") ♦ shuruk (שורוק) one of the Hebrew vowels ♦ sefer (ספר) book, scroll ♦ machshava (מחשבה) thought ♦ Mikdash (Beit HaMikdash) (בית המקדש) Holy Temple ♦ mar (מר) bitter ♦ magefa (מגפה) plague, pandemic ♦ halacha/halachot (הלכות) Jewish law
WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: NOACH
Noach was a righteous man, perfect in his ways. He walked with G-d. But when all is said and done, Noach, like the rest of us, was only human. This fact of man's common humanity, and all the imperfections that it entails, is something that G-d was compelled to accept, with the hope for a brighter future for man and G-d, implicit in His rainbow covenant.
Noach (Genesis 6:9 - 11:32)
Parashat Noach is read on Shabbat:
Marcheshvan 6, 5781/October 24, 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!