As we read parashat Mishpatim this week, the nation of Israel is still standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, following the transcendent experience of receiving the Torah. What could be the follow-up to the heavens opening up and the sublime level of prophecy attained by every single person? Can you top this? Yes, we can... by taking that experience and turning it into the stuff of every day life... responsible human behavior steeped in Divine light. The Torah has a program, and a goal: to make this world into a place for the Divine Presence, on every level - for the individual and for society at large. The epicenter of the Divine Presence, of course, is the Temple Mount. The Jewish people and the righteous of the nations are visiting the Temple Mount in greater numbers and demanding the right to pray there. But in this week's edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explain that a visit to the Temple Mount can be like wandering into the Twilight Zone... where undemocratic and illegal police policy and zany Wakf antics now employ new methods of discrimination... including sexual harassment and a brand-new form of anti-Antisemitism: Discrimination against Tu B'Shvat fruit! Apples and oranges may be allowed on the Temple Mount, but Jews were forbidden from bringing figs and dates to the holy site on the New Year of Trees... who knew that fruit could be a forbidden expression of Jewish identity? Plus: In a bold new move of desperation, the Wakf once again completely re-writes history! Exclusive details on Temple Talk!
This week at the Temple Institute:
THE MUSLIM WAQF'S ALL-NEW HOLY TEMPLE DENIAL PAMPHLET: The Muslim Waqf, in whose able hands the government of Israel has placed the practical management of the Temple Mount, has this week begun distributing on the Mount a printed pamphlet entitled "Al Aqsa Mosque: Clarifications for Misconceptions," whose contents offer up a complete and utter denial that the Holy Temple ever existed on the site of the Temple Mount.
POLICE STUDY WAYS IN WHICH TO EASE AND EXPEDITE TEMPLE MOUNT ENTRY FOR JEWS AND TOURISTS ALIKE: The Jerusalem police are studying the feasibility of increasing the current two entrances to four at the Mugrabi Gate police security booth through which Jews and non-Muslims tourists enter onto the Temple Mount.
WHERE JERUSALEM JEWS WORSHIP: Continual Jewish Presence on the Temple Mount: Daily feature on the Temple Institute Facebook page: For 2000 years, since the destruction of the 2nd Temple, Jews have been praying on the Temple Mount!
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: MISHPATIM: Circle around G-d: Celebrate, honor and sanctify life by making Him your center. This is the message of Torah from Sinai, from the simplest of commandments to the joyful observance of the three pilgrimage festivals.