The last edition of Temple Talk for this closing month of Menachem Av focuses on the confluence of the headlines with the themes of this week's Torah portion, parashat Re'eh. The Torah exhorts us to 'see' the difference between a life of blessing or conversely, that of curse. The choice, as usual, is ours...and we also choose our fate: how we succeed both as individuals and as a nation, how the other nations perceive us, whether or not we will be going to war -- all is connected to the introduction we receive in this week's parasha to "the Place that I will Choose." Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman, together with all of Am Yisrael, also choose that place! Unfortunately, not only are Jews disallowed from praying there for fear of inciting the Muslims -- but now even the immortal, historic words "The Temple Mount is in Our Hands" have been deemed illegal! Which way are we heading? Only the coming month of Elul, the special time of spiritual reckoning and re-calibration, knows for sure...
Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: RE'EH: Israel is given a choice and a challenge: Choose to rid the land of idolatrous practices and choose to live each moment in G-d's presence, and G-d will abide in His chosen place, from which will shine forth His Holy Shechinah.
MOM, APPLE PIE AND THE TEMPLE MOUNT: For those who might have thought that the incident of Palestinian flag-flying over the nation’s holiest site qualified as incitement against the State of Israel, now we know better: the Israel Police have determined that the use of General Motta Gur’s time-honored, cherished slogan, “The Temple Mount is In Our Hands,” constitutes incitement against Arabs and can lead to violence. Full story:
A PALESTINIAN FLAG ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: An ancient Islamic tradition foretells the rebuilding of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. More about that later: But this past Friday, Aug. 3rd – it happened to be Tu B'Av, a significant holiday in the time of the Holy Temple – a large Palestinian flag was flown over the Temple Mount, in a deliberate and flagrant violation of Israeli sovereignty. You couldn't have heard about this outrageous public display of a foreign flag flying over Israel's holiest site in her capital city, or read about it in any mainstream media, because it was not reported. The incident elicited no response whatsoever, neither from the Israel police, nor from any governmental agency or spokesman... http://www.templeinstitute.org/tisha-bav-not-on-the-temple-mount.htm
THE CHILDREN ARE READY: This video has already been viewed by over 345,000 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.http://youtu.be/LPmViwmJSJE
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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