Who believes in second chances? Evidently, Hashem does! That's why He applauded the initiative of those individuals from the Children of Israel who could not bring the Passover offering on its appointed date, and established the "minor" festival of the Second Passover, which comes out this year this Sunday, May 6th. Those people just wouldn't be denied the opportunity of proving their mettle and coming close to G-d, which is exactly how we feel about the State of Israel! However, as in this week's Torah portion of Emor, there will always be those who blaspheme, and doubt that G-d even cares about this world - the worst blasphemy of all. Tune into this week's Temple Talk as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman connect the dots and find a Divine recipe for living life to its fullest in this week's Torah portion!
Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: EMOR: Spending time with G-d in space, and sharing space with G-d in time. The Tabernacle is the appointed place and the three pilgrimage festivals the appointed times which G-d has commanded us, and by which we can walk through life with G-d.
THE 3RD ANNUAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY HAPPENING: PART 3 NOW ON YOUTUBE! Part 3 of 7: Yisrael Medad, Temple Mount activist and media expert discusses the current role of the mass media concerning the struggle for religious freedom on the Temple Mount, and what can be done to effect a change for the good. With Lorelai Lehrer and Yitzchak Reuven.
PART 1, with Moshe Feiglin: http://youtu.be/cp-RIzJ5TWU
PART 2, with Rabbi Nachman Kahana: http://youtu.be/_Ar_vIi0jUs
RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: CHAPTER 23: FINITE PEOPLE IN A DIVINE WORLD: Space and time are set to open their gates and allow a direct interface between man and heaven. The Torah narrative of Moses shows us how this is possible.
COUNTING THE OMER: SOME CLASSICS FROM THE VAULT! We just can't say enough about the counting of the Omer, its source in the service of the Holy Temple, and its transformative effect on us today. Without further ado, here are three of our classic video treatments of Sefirat Ha'Omer - the Counting of the Omer:
UP FOR THE COUNT! Every day counts, if we count every day! The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot provide for us ideal time for introspection and spiritual progress. Reflect upon your own soul and burnish your Divine image.
HANGING IN THE BALANCE: The great illumination of 'instant' freedom that we experience on the Seder night so often seems to pass us by. Slaves yesterday, free men today, we simply haven't the vessels to be able to absorb the great chesed - loving kindness - and enlightenment that G-d had blessed us with. For this we have Sefirat HaOmer – the counting of the days of the Omer, that prepares us gradually for the great re-illumination of G-d’s light — receiving Torah on Mount Sinai.
SEFIRAT HA'OMER - COUNT FOR YOURSELVES! Forty-nine days that can change your world: The forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, (between leaving Egypt and receiving Torah at Sinai), are days laden with awesome spiritual potential. The opportunity for growth is ours for the taking. We must count our days and make our days count! The Temple Institute celebrates the 49 days.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the barley offering in the Holy Temple and Sefirat HaOmer - the counting of the Omer.http://www.templeinstitute.org/archive/commandment_omer.htm