As the month of Shevat draws to a close, we prepare to welcome the month of Adar, that especially auspicious, 'lucky' month. But this year there are two Adars! Are we twice as lucky? This year features the 'extra' month of Adar I, an usual phenomena of time on the Hebrew leap year calendar that's hard to pin down. In this week's edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman re-define this month as a special, Divinely-appointed opportunity to pack in some 'extra' fixing and refinement. Since refinement and re-definition is on our national agenda, what better time to begin reading the Torah portions that deal with the establishment of the Tabernacle and its vessels, the precursor of the Holy Temple and its service. This week we read the portion of Terumah, and from this point on, the Tabernacle/Temple will be the central theme of our Torah readings. But just how seriously do we regard the Torah's instructions to "Build for Me a Sanctuary, that I will Dwell Among You" (Ex. 25:8)? Our hosts refine and re-define, delving the depths of the meaning of this commandment in a special focus on the work of the Temple Institute in preparing for the resumption of the Divine service in our time.
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TERUMAH
IN HONOR OF THE TORAH PORTIONS FOCUSING ON THE TABERNACLE: THE LARGE MIZRAK: We present a window into the work of the Temple Institute, showcasing the restoration of the Temple vessels, all kosher for use in the soon to be rebuilt Third Temple, made according to the exact requirements and specifications of Biblical law.
HELP TO BUILD THE HOLY TEMPLE IN OUR TIME: This week we read parashat Terumah, (Exodus 25:1-27:19), the 1st of the Torah readings focused on the building of the desert Tabernacle, (the prototype for the Holy Temple), and all the sacred vessels, in which appears the commandment, "And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them."
For nearly 3 decades, the Temple Institute of Jerusalem has led the way in preparing for the re-establishment of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of this very commandment, “And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.”
Please donate generously to help the sacred work of the Temple Institute! Every contribution helps to rebuild the Holy Temple in our Time!
THE DESERT TABERNACLE: ITS COMPONENTS & ITS HISTORY: Illustrated guide.
WHERE JERUSALEM JEWS WORSHIP: Continual Jewish Presence on the Temple Mount, Part 12: Exile notwithstanding, Israel has had an ongoing presence on the Temple Mount for 2000 years.
STELLAR BLOGGER EMPLOYS TONGUE-IN-CHEEK TO DESCRIBE UNTENABLE SITUATION: EXTREMIST JEWS ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: by Camie Davis: Have you heard about the right-wing, extremist Jews on the Temple Mount? They are there to “storm the Al-Aqsa mosque,” which really means, they are trying to start WWIII. Because as Muslim leaders, clerics and liberal Jews have warned, there is really no other reason a Jew would want to ascend and pray on the Temple Mount other than to “push for a holy war.” Read more...