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THE TRUE LOCATION OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT

 

We are asked over and over: was the Holy Temple really located on today's Temple Mount? Here is the definitive answer! First posted two years ago, this video has over 138,000 views!

 

 

TEMPLE TALK RADIO: THE SELF-INFLICTED FOLLY OF PHARAOH

THE DEATH OF THE FIRSTBORN SONS & PHARAOH'S RETURN TO BEING HUMAN

G-D GIVE TO ISRAEL THE KEYS TO THEIR FUTURE

 

In parashat Bo, G-d pulls the rug out from under the hapless Pharaoh, whose blinding pride has brought him to the brink of annihilation. But just before G-d drops the hammer on Pharaoh and Egypt, He delegates cosmic responsibilities to the newly forming nation of Israel: reckoning the new moon and preparing the Pesach offering! Meanwhile, the Pharaonic march of folly gets a reboot in the upcoming Biden Middle East foreign policy.

 

 

 

POSITIVITY & THE HOLY TEMPLE: PARTNERING WITH G-D
 
G-d can create wondrous things in the twinkling of an eye, yet the "miracles" that G-d most cherishes are the result of man's hard work and participation. Therefore, in G-d's 'eyes' a loaf of bread (which requires tremendous labor on man's part to produce), is a greater miracle than a simple orange, which is ours for the picking. So too, despite the fact that G-d could create a Temple in a heartbeat, G-d holds dearest a Holy Temple that is the work of man.
 
Hebrew terms Abba uses in this teaching:
 
bracha (ברכה) - blessing
bora pri ha-etz (בורא פרי העץ) - blessing said before eating a fruit
bora nefashot (בורא נפשות) - prayer made after eating a fruit
birkat hamazon (ברכת המזון) - prayer after concluding a meal
Har Sinai (הר סיני) - Mount Sinai
Har HaBayit (הר הבית) - the Temple Mount
kedushah (קדושה) - holiness
Shechinah (שכינה) - G-d's Presence
Bayit Rishon (בית ראשון) - First Temple
Bayit Sheni (בית שני)- Second Temple
Bayit Shlishi (בית שלישי) - Third Temple
shamayim (שמים) - heaven
Beit HaMikdash (בית המקדש) - Holy Temple
HaKadosh Baruch Hu (הקדוש ברוך הוא) - the Holy Blessed One (G-d)

 

 

 

WEEKLY TORAH STUDY: BO

 

Nearly hidden in the bright lights and thunderous roar of the ten plagues that were visited upon Egypt was the understated, but no less astonishing miracle of the Hebrews finding grace in the eyes of their Egyptian neighbors, who showered them with silver and gold and fine garments as they prepared to leave Egypt forever. Why was this often overlooked miracle such an important part of G-d's plan for the exodus? What had Israel to gain from their newfound riches?

Bo (Exodus 10:1 - 13:16)
Parashat Bo is read on Shabbat:
Shevat 10, 5781/January 23, 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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