Can you feel that ocean spray? We're walking through the Sea of Reeds this week, in more ways than one. This week, as Israel reads the Torah portion of Beshalach which includes the poetic and enigmatic Song of the Sea, Temple Talk hosts an Israel Election Day extravaganza. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman find that it's all been done before, it's all been written in the book... but on the other hand, everything is new, and everything is being renewed. This Shabbat, the 'Sabbath of Song,' is also Tu B'Shevat - the New Year for Trees, and for all human beings who wish to take advantage of the opportunity for growth. If you're interested in the resurrection of the dead, fixing the tree of knowledge and how to eat from Heaven's table, simply tune into this week's edition of Temple Talk for a refreshing tour de force.
This week from the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BESHALACH: Will be posted Wednesday, January 23rd..
ISRAEL ELECTION DAY VISIT TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT: A large ascent to the Temple Mount was organized for Israel Election Day, (January 22). Election Day, in Hebrew, Yom HaBechirot, resonates with an honored name traditionally given to the Holy Temple,Beit HaBechira - the Chosen House. In consideration of this lingusitic connection, and in order to pray toG-d that we may elect strong and proud Jewish leadership, many tens of Jews went up to the Temple Mount early Tuesday morning. Joining the assembly were some forty members of the Rinat Yisrael Synagogue from Teaneck, NJ. They were led by Rabbi Yosef Adler. Over recent years Rabbi Adler has taken many of his congregants up to the Temple Mount, although for many in todays group, this was their first time. The group was guided by the Temple Institute's Rabbi Chaim Richman. Needless to say, properhalachic preparations were taken by all before ascending to the Mount and the group only entered areas permitted by halacha.
To see more pictures: http://www.templeinstitute.
SPECIAL DELIVERY: COPPER LAVER: The Temple Institute is busy preparing for the grand opening of its new Vistors Center. The massive Copper Laver (Hebrew, Kiyor), stands 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) tall and 2.8 meters (9.1 foot) in diameter and is kosher for use in the Third Temple. Twelve priests - kohanim - can approach the laver and simultaneously purify their hands and feet. The Laver is seen in the photograph being lifted by crane onto a tractor which will deliver it to its new home in the Temple Institute's Jerusalem headquarters. The photograph was taken outside the Old Citywalls. The Mount of Olives can be seen in the background. The Laver, which has never before been on permanent display, will receive a place of honor in the new Visitors Center. To learn more about the Kiyor,
THE ARK OF THE COVENANT: It’s well-known that the Temple Institute has no intention of recreating the Ark of the Covenant, unlike all the other sacred Temple vessels that can be seen in our Jerusalem headquarters, ready for use in the soon-to-be-rebuilt Holy Temple. The reason for this omission? We know exactly where the original is hidden, and when the time is right, it will be reinstated in its proper place. For the original ark was neither lost nor destroyed – it was hidden away by King Josiah of Israel, in anticipation of the impending destruction of the Holy Temple by the invading Babylonian army. In a subterranean chamber deep within the bowels of the Temple Mount prepared especially by King Solomon himself, the ark lays waiting for its own redemption. Until that time arrives, the Temple Institute’s spectacular new visitors center will feature a beautiful model of the Ark of the Covenant, created for educational purposes, never before displayed publicly. In this photo the model of the Ark is seen being hoisted up to a workshop, where it will undergo repairs and renovation, before being displayed in the Temple Institute's new Visitors Center. Another giant step towards the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!
For more information on the new Visitors Center, http://www.templeinstitute.