When a loved one dies, (
There are many prayers and customs concerning the birth of a Jewish child. There are prayers before conception, there are prayers for an easy birth and a healthy baby, there are prayers for the birth of a righteous individual, there is, of course, the Brit Milah, (circumcision), for a male new-born, also mentioned in Leviticus 12:3, and there are a number of customs and ceremonies for celebrating the birth of a baby girl. But, as our parasha tells us, in the time of the Holy Temple, the new mother is commanded, (after a thirty-three day waiting period upon the birth of a son, and a sixty-six day period upon the birth of a daughter), to purify herself and bring an offering to the Holy Temple:
"She shall bring a sheep in its first year as a burnt offering, and a young dove or a turtle dove as a sin offering, to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, to the kohen." (ibid 12:6)
Imagine for a moment the awesome feeling of excitement and anticipation as the days and weeks pass by and the time draws near for the mother to re-emerge into the world and to thank
It is at this point that the mother, fully recovered from the birth, is commanded to bring her offering to the Holy Temple. No doubt the father, older siblings, grandparents and other family members accompany her to participate in her expression of gratitude and thanks and together they celebrate once again the entrance into the world of a new soul. And no doubt the infant itself, still too tender to be away from the mother, is in her arms throughout the entire experience. How beautiful a bonding experience for mother and child to be together at the holiest place on earth, in the presence of the Shechinah, standing before the kohen and the altar, (the place of the birth of Adam, the first man), and together to make their offerings to
The Holy Temple is an affirmation of life, an utter rejection of the illusion of death. Filled only with the glory of the Shechinah - the immanent presence of
This affirmation of life is truly what the Holy Temple is all about, and it is the reason, above all other reasons, why we need the Holy Temple in our world today. This Sunday, (March 30th), we invite you to join us for our5th Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day Live Streaming Online Event. We hope to share with you a glimpse of some of the people who are working day and night to make the Holy Temple a living reality once again in our world. Throughout the four hour program we will be in our online chat-room and invite you to join us, to share your thoughts, ask questions, and, most of all, to celebrate with us the joy and life affirming beauty of our shared vision for mankind in which
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE'S 5TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY: SUNDAY, MARCH 30TH: JOIN US! STARTING 10:AM EDT: 4 hours of inspiration, education & activism, featuring:
Professor Gabriel Barkay, archaeologist, Muslim destruction and denial of the Holy Temple
Zvia Savir, preparing a Biblical meal offering
Professor Jeffrey Woolf, 2000 years of Jewish prayer & presence on the Temple Mount
Knesset Deputy Speaker Moshe Feiglin, Jewish sovereignty on the Temple Mount
Aryeh Sonenberg, Temple Mount activist, freedom & prayer on the Temple Mount
Ascending the Temple Mount with Rabbi Chaim Richman
Friends of the Temple Institute speaking from their hearts
Singer-songwriter Yitzchok Meir Malek
A visit to the Temple Institute's newly opened Holy Temple Visitors Center
Arnon Segal, Hebrew language journalist, reviving Temple consciousness in Israel
The Awareness Day Special can be viewed on the Temple Institute'swebsite. It will also be available on other online locations, including Israel National News. We invite you to join Rabbi Richman and Yitzchak Reuven in the chat-room where you can share your comments, ask questions and meet other people who like you feel that the world will be a better place with the Holy Temple.
We are also calling upon participants to please help sponsor the event. Sponsorship can also be done by calling toll-free 1-800-941-3484. The Temple Institute depends upon the generous support of our many friends and followers. The International Awareness Day program is a major annual project of the Temple Institute and your support for this year's event will enable us to begin planning next year's event.
The names of our sponsors appear on the Awareness Day webpage and will be updated throughout the broadcast in our chat-room. If you have made a recent donation with the intention of sponsoring the program, but don't see your name among the sponsors, please contact us and we will add your name.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Tazria and Temple Mount Awareness Day
Posted by Jason Gold-Editor at 3/28/2014 06:15:00 AM