The month of Adar has arrived, and for most people that spells Purim joy, accompanied by lots of mirth. But just as Hashem's name is hidden from the scroll of Esther, so too, there's much more to the month of Adar than meets the eye. During Temple times, this month begins a period marked by intense preparation for bringing the Passover offering next month! Today as well, there are those that are busy trying to accomplish what hasn't been done for a very long time...enabling the nation of Israel to once again bring the Pesach lamb. What motivates these people? What motivated those whose donated to the building of the tabernacle, in this week's Torah portion of Terumah? You've got to feel it...you've got to be obsessed with the Holy Temple. We learned from the best, like King David, who said "I will not allow myself sleep nor comfort until I find a place for G-d in this world." Tune into this week's memorable Temple Talk for a crash course...Temple Obsession 101.
This week at the Temple Institute:
COMING SOON: THE 4TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY ONLINE THREE HOUR STREAMING VIDEO HAPPENING! March 10th, 7 PM - 10 PM, Israel time, (12 PM - 3 PM Eastern; 11 AM - 2 PM Central; 10 AM - 1 PM Mountain; 9 AM - 12 PM Pacific) This year we are planning our most exciting International Temple Mount Awareness Day Online Happening ever! Complete details:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TERUMAH: The sublime beauty, limitless embrace and unifying power of the Tabernacle, and later the Holy Temple, are all contained within the first sacred vessel Israel was commended to build: the Ark of the Covenant. Just 2.5 cubits long, 1.5 cubits wide, and 1.5 cubits high, made of acacia wood and gold, and constructed by the hands of man, the Ark nevertheless managed to straddle the expanse between our finite world and our endless source.
JEWISH PRAYER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount is guaranteed by Israeli law. Yet if the Israel police hear a Jew utter a prayer on the Temple Mount he will be arrested, effectively rendering Jewish prayer at Judaism's holiest site illegal. The official reason for banning Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount? Sensitivity to Moslem feelings.
MOSLEM SOCCER ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Playing soccer at this Moslem school on the Temple Mount has long been banned by order of the Israel Supreme Court, as it was deemed inappropriate and disrespectful of a holy site. Yet the Israel police have consistently declined to take action to enforce the court ordered ban. The official reason for allowing Moslem soccer on the Temple Mount? Sensitivity to Moslem feelings.
MOVING CLOSER TOWARD COMPLETION: We are moving closer and closer towards the long-awaited opening of the Temple Institute's new Visitors Center in Jerusalem! Learn more about the new Visitors Center: