It has begun. The Seventeenth of Tammuz has launched the annual cycle of mourning over the loss of the Holy Temple. But where is it taking us? With even more than their usual sang froid, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman present a concise and analytic review of the Three Weeks of mourning, in which they bemoan the bemoaning. Make no mistake about it: This program focuses on one verse, (Zech. 8:19) "This is what the Hashem Al-mighty says: "The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Love truth and peace"...and asks, OK, now what? How will that verse be fulfilled? Our hosts also explain why this week's Torah portion of parashat Pinchas is the perfect companion to this time of year. The message is resoundingly positive and you won't want to miss it!
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: PINCHAS: The five daughters of Tzelaphchad, Machlah, Noa, Hogla, Milcah and Tirzah remain to this day shining examples of righteous Jews whose love of the land of Israel is irrepressible and unstoppable. Their spiritual descendents today, the righteous daughters of Israel who establish their faithful homes in Judea and Samaria are following in their virtuous footsteps.
Read Rabbi Chaim Richman's latest Op-Ed in the Jerusalem Post entitled: THE CULT OF TRAGEDY. It explores the yearly Jewish cycle of mourning questioning its origins and asking whether we are really mourning the loss of the Holy Temple or just stuck in a cycle of sadness for the sake of sadness.
THE CHILDREN ARE READY: One year ago our 90 second video challenged the age old convention of mourning the loss of our Holy Temple with passivity and resignation. Today a new generation is arising that is no longer content to take things sitting down. Today's children are ready. Ready to build.
Coming soon: Our all-new CHILDREN ARE READY video challenge to complacency. Be forewarned!
A DAY AT THE MOVIES WITH THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE: On Thursday, June 19th 2013, over 60 adults and children volunteered to appear as ‘extras’ in a new short film being produced right now by the Temple Institute. This film, a sequel to last year’s highly successful short video The Children are Ready, (with over 400,000 views to date), will appear on Youtube, and will present an exciting new perspective of Temple consciousness. It will debut in time for Rosh Chodesh Av, the beginning of the annual period of heightened national mourning for the Holy Temple which crescendos with Tisha B’Av.
Our volunteers, all friends of the Temple Institute, came from all over Israel and even beyond, to participate in this project, because they share our vision of Temple renewal, and they believe in the rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Action, not words. Together with a highly professional crew of six, who utilized state-of-the-art film producing technology, they had a great day of fun, and were part of something really wonderful: making a positive statement about the future of Israel and the world. These accompanying “behind the scenes” photos give you a little glimpse into the making of this new video (without giving anything away!).
The Temple Institute warmly thanks all those parents and children who answered the call, and willingly gave so much of their time and energy to come together to be part of this project. It was wonderful working with all of you. We can't wait to see the finished product!
See behind-the-scenes photo-album of the "shoot."
THE MONTH OF TAMMUZ: INTERNATIONAL SEE AND SAY ONLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND LAND OF ISRAEL MONTH! Daily photo.