Fresh out of Egypt, in this week's parashat B'Shalach the Israelites stand silhouetted by the sea, the Egyptian empire about to return into sand, their memory driven deep beneath the waves. Their definition of reality was about to change forever as they realized that it was nothing but a world of illusion at their door. Fast forward now, same week but this year, as the faithful Jewish people in the Land of Israel must also distinguish between reality and illusion, as forces appear to be aligning against the people, the land, and the G-d of Israel. But the month of Shevat is about realizing our own potential for growth, and realizing that it is up to us to make G-d's dreams come true...
This week at the Temple Institute:
TEN GATES TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT. ONLY ONE OPEN TO NON-MUSLIMS! Monday, as on every other day, (Sunday through Thursday), on any given week of the year, many hundreds of tourists from all around the world line up early in the morning adjacent to the Dung Gate security entrance to the Western Wall Plaza. These tourists have come to see the Temple Mount. In truth, they have come to see the Holy Temple, but until that is built, (soon, in our days), they desire only to see and traverse the place in which it will be built. Read more:
2000 YEAR OLD TECHELET DYED FABRIC: CLOSE-UP: On December 30th the Ptil Tekhelet Organization hosted a conference in Jerusalem in honor of the centennial of Rabbi Yitzchak Halevi Hertzog's doctoral dissertation, "The Dyeing of Purple in Ancient Israel," which first suggested the murex snail to be the ancient source of the biblical blue techelet dye used in making tzitziyot, (fringes, Numbers 15:38), and the me'il techelet, (blue robe) of the Kohen Gadol, (Ex. 28). The Ptil Tekhelet Organization today produces techelet tzitziyot based on Rabbi Hertzog's findings.
At the conference Dr. Naama Sukenik from the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed for the first time that an ancient remnant of woven fabric was tested and found to contain blue dye derived from the murex snail made famous by Rabbi Hertzog's research and used today by Ptil Tekhelet.
See the ancient fabric sample and read more about the conference:
THE ME'IL TECHELET (BLUE ROBE) OF THE HIGH PRIEST - FOR USE IN THE SOON TO BE REBUILT HOLY TEMPLE: Made by the Temple Institute with the very same murex snails used to dye the ancient fabric remnant featured in our previous posts, the me'il techelet comprises the largest piece of techelet-dyed fabric in modern times. The techelet was provided by the Ptil Tekhelet organization, which pioneered the revival of the manufacture of techelet from the murex snails.
The me'il techelet can be seen at the Temple Institute's Holy Temple Visitors Center, where all the garments of the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) are on display.
Learn more about the me'il techelet and the other garments of the High Priest and the lay priests.
TEMPLE MOUNT REPORT IGNITES CONCERN OVER ISRAEL’S PRESERVATION OF HOLY SITE: Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute talks to Josh Hasten about the recently revealed Israeli State Comptroller’s report on the intolerable situation on the Temple Mount.
MONDAY ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT : Photos from a pleasant aliya on the Temple Mount. Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven were together on the Temple Mount Monday morning as part of one of a number of groups of Jews who ascended the Mount. As John Kerry continues his relentless efforts to undermine and weaken the nation of Israel's sovereignty in the land of Israel, Jewish presence on the Temple Mount is more important than ever.