Rosh HaShana, Adam's awesome birthday is here, ushering in the New Year. In this Rosh HaShana Temple Talk special, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reflect on the legacy of Adam HaRishon, the first man, whose descendants – great and small, individuals and nations – are examined on this Day of Judgment. Tune into the last Temple Talk for 5773 as our hosts discover that it's the breath of Adam that counts…and that breath, blasting from our souls through the narrow opening of the shofar, can make the all the difference in the world. Temple Talk will back next year (next week, that is) in 5774…and may it be a year of great blessing for Israel and all humanity…may this be the year of the rebuilding of the Holy Temple!
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: HA'AZINU - ROSH HASHANA MESSAGE: Enter the new year of 5774 with a song in your heart. Ha'azinu, a microcosm of the spiritual history of Israel and G-d, is a beautifully compelling song that challenges all generations of man. We stand before the King in song and prayer as we cross the threshold into a new year. Shana Tova!
5773: THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S YEAR IN REVIEW: As we approach Rosh HaShana, the New Year, it is appropriate for every individual to reflect and take stock on all that we have accomplished over the past twelve months, and to strive for self-improvement. The Temple Institute has many accomplishments to be proud of throughout this past year, and at the same time we are equally focused on the goals we have set before us for the upcoming year. See and read about some of the Temple Institute's highlights for the year 5773, as well as upcoming projects for 5774!
ONE STEP CLOSER TO THE HOLY TEMPLE: On the evening of Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, the 14th day of Elul, 5773, the Temple Institute, in cooperation with Mishmeret Kehunah (the Organization for the Renewal of the Priestly Shifts) and other Temple organizations inaugurated a new school dedicated to teaching kohanim the 'lost' art of performing the daily Tamid service in the Holy Temple.
THEN AND NOW: BRINGING THE TAMID TO THE ALTAR: A procession of kohanim brought the parts of the tamid offering to the altar. They also brought meal mixed with oil for the meal-offering and wine for the libations, both of which were offered each day with the morning and afternoon tamid offerings.
THEN AND NOW: PLACING TWO LOGS UPON THE ALTAR FIRE: It is a Divine commandment to add two logs of split wood to the altar's fire twice daily - before the morning and afternoon tamid offerings. This is derived from the verse, "The sons of Aaron the Kohen shall place fire on the altar, and arrange wood on the fire" (Lev. 1:7). Two separate priests carried the pair of logs brought in the afternoon, and those brought in the morning were carried by a single priest.
THEN AND NOW: THE PRIESTLY BLESSING (ברכת הכהנים): With the conclusion of the morning service, the priests would stand on the steps of the Sanctuary and bless the people with the priestly blessing. The priests lift their hands according to the tradition, and pronounce the blessing as it appears in Numbers 6:24-26: "May G-d bless and protect you..."
THEN AND NOW: THE INCENSE OFFERING (הקטרת הקטורת): The sages teach that the incense offering was the most beloved part of the service in G-d's eyes. This twice-daily service required the participation of three kohanim. When the incense was finally scattered over the coals, a straight column of smoke rose up to the ceiling, spreading out and filling the entire Sanctuary.
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE WISHES ALL ITS FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS A HEALTHY, SWEET NEW YEAR - MAY YOU BE INSCRIBED IN THE BOOK OF LIFE!