As Israel observes the Fast of Tammuz 17th, commemorating the
breach in Jerusalem's walls and the beginning of the annual three week
period of national mourning for the Holy Temple, this week's edition
of Temple Talk takes a look at the relevance and message of this day
in our time, especially against the backdrop of over 1,000 rockets
that have thus far been launched against Israel, and operation
"Protective Edge" being waged against the Hamas terrorists. This
week's Torah portion of parashat Matot has a lot to teach us about why
-- and for whom -- Israel goes out to battle.
Note: This show was recorded during the short-lived cease-fire between
Israel and the terrorist organization Hamas.
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH: MATOT: When the leaders of the tribes of Reuven and Gad
approach Moshe and ask his blessing to settle in the lands east of the
Jordan River, Moshe is aghast. He saw a great spiritual failing on the
part of Reuven and Gad whose relationship and commitment to the land
of Israel was apparently so conditional. What was it that Moshe
detected in Reuven and Gad's request that so troubled him, and what
changed for Moshe so that in the end he agreed to their settling east
of the Jordan.
NEW RED HEIFER UPDATE: We are pleased to share this new photograph of
our red heifer, candidate for playing an important role in the
rebuilding of the Holy Temple. This photograph was taken last week.
The heifer, in an undisclosed location, is currently six months old.
This photo shows that she has now completely shed her winter coat,
revealing her summer coat of deep auburn. We hope to update with more
Watch the video, Breaking News: Red Heifer Born: http://youtu.be/byAoFbA6cr8
Click here to learn more about the red heifer:
THE CULT OF TRAGEDY VIDEO: The month of Tammuz has been marked for the
past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for
the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering
us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our
sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy
trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the
ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age
old battle against the victory of defeat.
Part 1: http://youtu.be/8qJuuPoMyHQ
Part 2: http://youtu.be/deQMGnAwuNs
MUSLIM TERRORISTS IN AL AQSA MOSQUE, TEMPLE MOUNT: Footage taken from
inside the al Aqsa mosque on Sunday, July 13th, reveals what has
become a regular event in this Islamic "place of worship:" Holing
themselves up in the mosque, into which the police will not enter, the
Muslim terrorists throw stones and incendiary devices out the door at
police and Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount.
MOSHE FEIGLIN ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT, 17TH OF TAMMUZ: Knesset member
Moshe Feiglin ascended the Temple Mount today, the 17th of Tammuz, a
day of fasting in commemoration of the destruction of the two Holy