Caught in the sight enabling and dream inspiring bright lights of the all-natural miracle of the cruz of pure oil, the eight days of light and the Chanukah victory of the few over the many, Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven connect the dots between the saga of Yosef and his brothers, of which we learn in this week's Torah reading, and the black darkness of Helenism that the Greek oppressors tried to foist upon the righteous souls of the Maccabees and their followers. Just as Yosef announced to all he met his undying allegiance to G-d, so too we are instructed to place our Chanukah lamps outside our homes to announce to the world that we bow down to no man and wil not rest until G-d's home is restored.
This week from the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: MIKETZ: The story of Yosef's descent into the darkness of Egypt and his rise to leadership coincides each year with the eight day festival of Chanukah. They likewise share the same deep lesson: All of life's seemingly chaotic randomness is, in truth, directed by G-d. Our role is not merely to trust in G-d's benevolence but to work without rest to insure our own part in His great plan. This is what distinguished Yosef and this is what distinguished the Chashmonean kohanim who led the Jewish revolt against the Greek oppressors.
CHANUKA: SO MUCH MORE THAN EIGHT GREAT DAYS: Today we celebrate eight days of Chanuka, but during some 250 years following the victory of the Macabees over the Greek/Assyrian tyrant Antiochus, until the destruction of the Second Temple by the Roman general Titus, the eight day Chanuka celebration was only one of a number of days set aside for commemorating the Hasmonean victory over our enemies, and the reversal of the evil decrees imposed upon the Jews of the land of Israel, by Antiochus, who sought to uproot the Torah, banishing the light of G-d from the world, and casting humanity into a perpetual darkness. Learn more about the days set aside to honor the Hasmonean victories over the Greek oppressors during the time of the second Holy Temple.
A QUARTER CENTURY OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS: The culmination of many months of intensive efforts, the December 14th (Rosh Chodesh Kislev) Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, was a monumental and most gratifying success. The joyous occasion marked 25 years of trailblazing accomplishments by the Temple Institute and also served as an opportunity to honor and give thanks to our dedicated and selfless friends, supporters, and all those who believe in the importance of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, speedily, and in our days. We would also like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude toward all those who worked ceaselessly and without rest to help make the evening the unqualified success that it was. This video retrospective was premiered at the gala.
25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: A BLESSING BY RAV YISRAEL ARIEL: Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute, recorded this warm blessing to be heard at the occasion of the Temple Institute's 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner, which took place in Dallas, Texas, on December 14th, 2012. Rav Ariel expressed his deep gratitude toward HaShem and his thanks to the people gathered at the dinner, and to all the Institute's friends and supporters, who in his words, don't simply pray for or dream about or even sing songs about the Holy Temple, but actually make real efforts toward the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. "May we all merit to speedily see the great and holy Sanctuary established, with the Divine Presence dwelling within it."
TEMPLE INSTITUTE KEYNOTE SPEAKER: THE HON. MOSHE FEIGLIN: On December 14th (Rosh Chodesh Kislev) the Temple Institute held a Gala 25th Anniversary Dinner, celebrating twenty five years of the Temple Institute and honoring our dedicated friends and supporters. The honorable Moshe Feiglin, founder and head of Manhigut Yehudit, the Jewish Leadership Faction of the Likud party, was the Dinner's Keynote Speaker. Unable, at the last minute, to attend in person, due to party primaries in anticipation of Israel's upcoming parliamentary elections, Moshe delivered his heartfelt message by video.
Subsequent to the Institute's Gala Dinner, Moshe made a very strong showing in the Likud primaries, and is expected to become a member of the Israel Knesset in the upcoming February elections.The Temple Institute congratulates Moshe on his hard earned success and looks forward to his continuing to articulate and implement the principles he set out in his keynote address as a member of the upcoming national government!
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S FOUNDER, RABBI YISRAEL ARIEL, TO RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS JERUSALEM AWARD: The Temple Institute is very pleased and proud to announce that its founder, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, has been named recipient of the Jerusalem Award, as part of the upcoming prestigious Tenth Annual Jerusalem Conference, under the auspices of Arutz Sheva and the B'sheva weekly newspaper. The ceremony will take place in Jerusalem on January 7th, 2013.
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