"You have transformed my lament into dancing for me, You undid my sackcloth and girded me with gladness" (Psalms 30). This verse beautifully describes the theme of this week, as the nation of Israel moves from the mourning of Tisha B'Av, to the joyous, widely-misunderstood holiday of Tu B'Av, the fifteenth day of Av, the holiday of love. What a cycle: from pain to joy, from destruction to hope. This is the quintessential Jewish idea!
This week's Temple Talk explores the dimensions and inner message of this Temple-centered 'minor' holiday, celebrated in contemporary Israel as a love-fest. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman discover that Tu B'Av has a glorious past, and is a bridge to the future...to the building of the Third Temple.
Our hosts summarize the lessons of this year's Tisha B'Av season, including a disappointing denial of Jewish access to the Temple Mount on that most spiritually important day. But the Jewish people -- and more importantly, the children -- are ready. Tune in for an inside look at the joy and excitement in the Jewish world generated by the Temple Institute's viral video hit, "The Children are Ready..." and the controversy the short clip caused in the Arab world, which is up in arms over...what, exactly? A Temple Talk you will not want to miss!
Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VE'ETCHANAN: The Torah reading of Va'etchanan is always read in close proximity to the unique holiday of Tu B'Av - the 15th of Av, and it's no wonder - both Va'etchanan and Tu B'Av speak of love: G-d's love for Israel, our love for G-d ,our love for one another, and our love for eretz Yisrael - the land of Israel. Love makes it all possible.
THE CHILDREN ARE READY: This video has already been viewed by over 335,000 profoundly effected people: Two children play at the beach as their father is immersed in the worrying headlines of his newspaper. It ends with a surprise twist and the words: “The Children are Ready”, leaving the viewer with a very unconventional yet striking message for this year’s Tisha B’Av.
TISHA B'AV: WHAT HAPPENED AT THE TEMPLE MOUNT THIS MORNING? Rabbi Richman's personal statement: We arrived early this morning, large numbers of Jews from all over the country, to await the opening of the Temple Mount.These Jews had followed halachic procedure to ensure that their ascent in purity would be in accordance with Jewish law. The motivation: to be seen by G-d in this holy place on the day commemorating the Temple's destruction, to show that we are ready to rebuild. Click here to continue, and to see photographs from the foot of the Temple Mount.
MODEL OF HOLY TEMPLE DAZZLES CROWDS ON TISHA B'AV NIGHT: The Midrasha educational division of the Temple Institute dazzled Tisha B'Av passersby on their way to the Western Wall and back, with a model of the Holy Temple that they assembled in the open plaza of the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem's old city. The model was assembled soon after Shabbat concluded and Tisha B'Av commenced, and the staff of the Midrasha offered in-depth explanations to onlookers throughout the night. The outdoor exhibition concluded with the first rays of dawn.
RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: CHAPTER 35: OUR SOUL MISSION: Take a moment to be be all alone and disassociated from the world - and at one with G-d's oneness.
PETITION: INTERNATIONAL SUPPORT OF JEWISH PRAYER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: An independent online petiton is calling for freedom of Jewish worship on the Temple Mount. The goal of the initiators is to collect 10,000 signatures by Tisha b'Av. We endorse their efforts and call upon all who believe in the sanctity of the Temple Mount and the inalienable right and Torah obligation of Jews to pray on the Mount, to sign the petiton.
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