The month of Redemption and the lessons of Passover continue to take center stage on Temple Talk, as an emotionally-charged Yitzchak Reuven recounts his very special Passover experience with a lamb in the house that challenged him to rethink everything. His sensitive story is a beautiful and measured taste of the Torah's intentions in the bringing of offerings to the Holy Temple.
It's that time of year again...sefirat ha-omer, the counting of the days and weeks leading up to the Giving of the Torah at Shavuout, days that present a unique spiritual opportunity. But before we delve into its mystery, let's get the calendar straight!
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHMINI: We cannot make eternal the holiness of the moment by abandoning ourselves to it. We master and make eternal the holiness of the moment by infusing the minutiae of our everyday lives with holiness. This is the lesson we take away from the untimely deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the holy sons of Aharon.
COUNTING THE OMER: SOME CLASSICS FROM THE VAULT! We just can't say enough about the counting of the Omer, its source in the service of the Holy Temple, and its transformative effect on us today. Without further ado, here are three of our classic video treatments of Sefirat Ha'Omer - the Counting of the Omer:
UP FOR THE COUNT! Every day counts, if we count every day! The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot provide for us ideal time for introspection and spiritual progress. Reflect upon your own soul and burnish your Divine image.
HANGING IN THE BALANCE: The great illumination of 'instant' freedom that we experience on the Seder night so often seems to pass us by. Slaves yesterday, free men today, we simply haven't the vessels to be able to absorb the great chesed - loving kindness - and enlightenment that G-d had blessed us with. For this we have Sefirat HaOmer - the counting of the days of the Omer, that prepares us gradually for the great re-illumination of G-d's light - receiving Torah on Mount Sinai.
SEFIRAT HA'OMER - COUNT FOR YOURSELVES! Forty-nine days that can change your world: The forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, (between leaving Egypt and receiving Torah at Sinai), are days laden with awesome spiritual potential. The opportunity for growth is ours for the taking. We must count our days and make our days count!
The Temple Institute celebrates the 49 days.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the barley offering and Sefirat HaOmer - the counting of the Omer.
VIEW A BRIEF SLIDE SHOW depicting the barley harvest and the Omer offering during the time of the Holy Temple.
OPENING OF THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S NEW HOLY TEMPLE VISITORS CENTER DRAWS MOSLEM WRATH: If Moslem fear and loathing for the opening of the Temple Institute's New Holy Temple Visitors Center is a good sign, then we consider the eye-witness report below, which appears on http://pls48.net/, a hateful, anti-Israel, anti-semitic Moslem website, to be a full-fledged endorsement of the important work of the Temple Institute. For a translation from the Arabic: