The mysterious balance of light and darkness during the month of Kislev, and the eternal struggle of Ya'akov and Esav, as exemplified by Ya'akov's wrestling with an angel in this week's Torah portion of Vayishlach, are major themes of our Temple Talk program this week, as the United States once again pressures Israel to freeze Jewish
building in the Land of Israel. But despite Esavian machinations and maneuvers, the indefatigable Jewish spirit -- and strength -- is on the rise, as can be demonstrated by the weekly visits of Jews and Righteous Gentiles to the Temple Mount. Hear about a "clandestine " yet authentic Jewish wedding that took place on the Temple Mount this week in the defiant spirit of the Macabees, plus a new exciting project of the Temple Institute especially designed to bring the light of the Holy Temple back into the world!
This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYISHLACH: Ya'akov avinu's (our forefather Jacob's) midnight encounter with a mysterious angel: Who was this angel, what was his purpose, and by what name was he known? Ya'akov
overcomes the angel, and by doing so gains insight into all these questions. He also acquires for himself a new name, a new identity, and a new role to play in establishing the Divine presence here on
this earth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1YH8Tcq2JY
LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman: SUPPRESSING INIQUITY, PART II: G-d is neither an accountant nor a scorekeeper. He doesn't tally up our good deeds, subtract from them our transgressions,
declare the balance and call it a day. G-d gathers up our good deeds, places them before Him, and does not allow our transgressions to diminish His delight with with all the good that we have accomplished. Available Thursday, November 18.
TYING THE KNOT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: This past week, a dear friend of the Temple Institute, and celebrated craftsman of of Temple vessels, ascended the Temple Mount with his soon to-be-bride on the morning of their upcoming wedding. Ascending the Mount and being present in the place of the Holy Temple is an ancient tradition that has been renewed in recent years. Here, however, our story takes a romantic - and
daring - twist. http://www.templeinstitute.org/events.htm#kiddushin