As we prepare to usher in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) which we will begin reading this Shabbat, this week's edition of Temple Talk focuses on the observance of Jerusalem Day, which this year marks the 46th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reflect on the amazing spiritual significance of this special day, and its connection, exactly one week later, to the festival of Shavuot, which commemorates Israel receiving the Torah at the Sinai Revelation. What's the connection? Here's a hint: One is not the loneliest number!
This week at the Temple Institute:
BAMIDBAR: G-d knows your name. He's got your number. Torah is His to share with you. All its paths lead to Him. And all you've got to do is ask? No! All you've got to do is dedicate your every moment to living a life of Torah, and He will open each and every door. It's your birthright. This is what we learn from parashat Bamidbar, the opening chapters of the book of Numbers, and this is the message of the holiday of Shavuot - coming up next week!
JERUSALEM DAY 5773 ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: Photo album of today's aliya:
JERUSALEM DAY: In the June, 1967 Six Day War, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel was a young soldier in the paratrooper brigade, led by Gen. Motta Gur, which liberated Jerusalem's Old City. He was one of the first soldiers to reach the Temple Mount. The very first night that the Temple Mount returned to Israeli sovereignty, Rabbi Ariel was assigned the duty of guarding over the Dome of the Rock, site of the Holy of Holies in the Holy Temple. Looking back at that time, he relates to the uniqueness of the moment, both universally for all Jews and for himself personally: the return of the Jewish people to this spot, the one place on earth that G-d has chosen for Himself, to begin the resumption of the Divine service. Indeed, this moment was a harbinger for the birth of the Temple Institute.
Complete exclusive photo essay:
FROM ONE YEAR AGO: ASTONISHING FOOTAGE OF JERUSALEM DAY PRAYER, SONG AND BLESSINGS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT! For the first time in many years, a large gathering of Jews were able to pray, sing and say blessings while on the Temple Mount, unhindered by nearby police. The contingent of Jewish worshipers was led by Knesset members Michael Ben Ari and Uri Ariel, as well as Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, founder of the Temple Institute, and other prominent rabbis and public figures.
JERUSALEM DAY: REFLECTIONS BY RABBI YISRAEL ARIEL Fascinating video interview with Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, paratrooper and founder of the Temple Institute, who reflects on his experiences in the Six Day War and the liberation of the Temple Mount.