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      Tammuz 8, 5768, 7/11/2008

      BUILD, BUILD, BUILD!

      by Tamar Yonah

      As the whole world condemns Israel and tries to tell us where we can live and where we can build, and the naysayers of aliyah trash Israel, her people, and our future, the 'salt of the earth Jews' continue on. 

      We have been through many difficult times in our long history.  We have had many bad kings who worshipped idols or leaders who sold out to be hellenists, but it was always the 'salt of the earth Jews' who modestly & quietly continued on.  They continued.  They continued to live in Israel through corrupt king-ships, continued to live on through occupation by foreign powers and continued to live on through other 'tough times'.  They stayed.  They had children.  They built homes, established towns, schools, and commerce.  They kept this country alive with Jewish life.  They didn't throw in the towel and all voluntarily leave to go and live in other host countries, to plant their futures there.  It is because of our ancestors that stayed here and continued life and built for the future, that we had a home to come back to.

                                                      The Land of Israel waits for you!

      It is in this altruistic and faithful measure that we see the wondrous and miraculous light shining forth from Israel.  Her people today continue on, marry, have children, work in the sciences, agriculture, and other fields that lay the foundation for the future, and the coming of Moshiach (Messiah) - may it come speedily in our days.

      You may view here below, something that I believe is exciting and wonderful that brought tears of joy to my eyes.  As we trudge through the daily drudge of politics, the people of Israel are working towards the future by preparing the way for the third Temple. In this video below, you will see the Temple Institute headed by people such as Rabbi Ariel and Rabbi Chaim Richman (who has a radio show on Israel National Radio called TEMPLE TALK) making the clothes for the Priests who will (soon?) be serving in the Temple. Even the secular media turned up for it. You will see a woman in a cap-sleeved Tshirt asking questions about what they are doing.

      It is very exciting to see, and if you take the time to check out the website of The Temple Institute, you will see they are also in the process of re-creating the vessels of the Holy Temple. 

      This is a very exciting time, and we must not lose faith and hope in these dirty political days.  We have been through worse and have come out of it.  We can surely get through Olmert and Co. and believe our prophets when they say we WILL have a third Temple and we WILL merit the Moshiach.  All we have to do is what G-d tells us: possess the Land, be fruitful and multiply, keep the commandments, and Love Thy G-d with all they heart, with all they soul and with all thy might.

      ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE 27TH OF SIVAN (JUNE 30TH), the Temple Institute and enthusiastic guests celebrated the Inauguration of The Institute’s New Workshop for Priestly Garments. The shop has been equipped with a cutting table for spreading and cutting the fabric according to pattern and size of each individual kohen. (Each garment will be custom designed and fitted.) Industrial strength sewing machines have also been purchased, and ironing equipment for ironing and blocking the finished garments. The shop will be overseen by the Institute’s chief haberdasher, Aviad Jeruffi. The ceremony included the taking of measurements from the first two kohanim, (priests), to be outfitted since the destruction of the Holy Temple 1,938 years ago, the distinguished Rabbis Nachman Kahane and Shlomo Riskin.

      To learn more about the bigdei kehunah, and to view photographs, please visit these pages:
      The Inauguration Ceremony.
      Manufacturing the Priestly Garments, Part I.
      Manufacturing the Priestly Garments, Part II.
      The Priestly Garments.                                                                                             For more photos and info click HERE.