The music is back on Temple Talk. This week's parashat Eikev tells us of the unparalleled perfection of the Land of Israel, as Menachem Av, the month of the consoling father enters into its second half, bringing with it healing, light and the eternal love of G-d's promises of consolation to Israel. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the paradigm shift of this month "from mourning to dance" (Psalms 30), and discover some of the eternal messages of Tu B'Av, the 'minor' holiday of the fifteenth day of this month, which was a major festival in Temple times and today, intuitively, has become a day of celebrating love in Israel, even as the day beckons the soon rebuilding of the Holy Temple. Our hosts reveal that there is much more to Tu B'Av than dating, love and marriage...the day conveys no less than the secret of the return of prophecy to Israel, and its power shines for the rest of the year!
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Women borrowing white clothing for Tu B'Av. Picture permission of Temple Institute.
This week on the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: EIKEV: The land of Israel - every grain of it - belongs to the people of Israel. By virtue of her diligent adherence to G-d's commandments, Israel will come into undisputed possession of the land.
HAPPY TU B'AV: THE HAPPIEST DAY OF THE YEAR! And they said, "Behold, there is a yearly festival to HaShem in Shiloh, which is to the north of Beit-El, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Beit-El to Shechem, and to the south of Levonah. And they instructed the children of Binyamin, saying, "Go and lie in wait in the vineyards. And you will see, and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then you shall come out of the vineyards and you shall grab for yourselves each man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Binyamin." (Judges 21: 19-21)
Just seven days after the fast day of the ninth of Av come Tu b'Av, described by our sages as one of the two happiest days of the year for Israel, (along with Yom Kippur).
WOODEN BEAMS FROM THE FIRST TEMPLE: NEW REVELATIONS! Massive wooden beams left to rot on the Temple Mount were recently in the news. Now, israeldailypicture.com just posted new information concerning the wooden beams, plus never-before-seen photographs taken of the beams 85 years ago!
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