HISTORY OF THE GOLDEN MENORAH, PT. 1
Now that we have entered the month of Kislev and Chanukah, the festival of the rededication of the second Holy Temple is quickly approaching, the time is right to begin an in-depth study of the golden menorah which stood in the sanctuary of the desert Tabernacle, and later, in both the first and second Holy Temple.
We begin our study with the Holy Temple Menorah today:
The menorah which stands today in Jerusalem's old city Jewish Quarter, standing before the rebuilt Hurva Synagogue, is the work of the Temple Institute. It was created exclusively to be used in the new Holy Temple. The menorah was painstakingly crafted after years of extensive research by the Temple Institute's full time staff of researchers. The conclusions upon which the construction of the menorah was based took into account archaeological evidence and, of course, the halachic (Jewish law) requirements of materials, dimensions, ornamental affects and manner of manufacture as first delineated in the Book of Exodus, and further explicated by Jewish sages throughout the millennia.
The menorah weighs one-half ton. It contains forty five kilograms of twenty four karat gold. Its estimated value is approximately three million dollars. The construction of the menorah was made possible through the generosity of Vadim Rabinovitch, a leader of the Jewish community of Ukraine.
The menorah was originally placed in the old city's Roman Cardo. It later made its way to to a plaza alongside the Yehudah HaLevi steps leading down to the Western Wall Plaza and the Temple Mount, and currently stands, as stated above, alongside the Hurva Synagogue in the central plaza of the Jewish Quarter. In each of its locations, it has become a place where thousands of people stop daily, meet friends, learn about the menorah, marvel at its beauty and envision its ultimate standing place in the Kodesh Sanctuary of the rebuilt Holy Temple. ... See MoreSee Less
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Long live Jerusalem with peace ✌✌
Apart from the trauma, heartache and sheer misery caused by the current terror attack on Israel, it once again clearly demonstrates how the tens of billions of dollars poured into Gaza and the West Bank over the past few decades have been spent - not on schools, homes, medical care, food or public services, but on terror. One more thing - the money your government sends is not theirs, it's yours. Please tell them to stop funding terror. ... See MoreSee Less
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Pray for safety and protection over Israel
Almighty God is watching over Israel..... Modeh Ani
i pray for safety and victory for israel and the jewish people
What a tough morning. 🇮🇱
This morning the homefront is the frontline!
We encourage each other with the strength so needed, dear people of Israel, especially we hug you our own dearest young children. ❤️
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Mercy O God Help Israel
The Islamic claim to the Holiest Jewish Temple Mount—a Flying Horse at night with Mohammad on it’s back???? ! Idiotic and Absurd!!
This is funny!!!! She's crazy!!!! She is obviously anti-Israel!!!!
Elizabeth Warren: annexation has already happened. At worst stay neutral. Any land Israel may relinquish will only occur through negotiation, never because of any president's demands. Get real. Visit Israel. See for yourself. There is no way to divide the city. The notion of a symbolic capital in east jerusalem is no longer viable. The lands for a Palestinian state beyond what the Palestinian authority rules now,shrinks by the month.
She’s a jerk !! She needs to GO away !!!
CELEBRATING SUKKOT IN THE HOLY TEMPLE, PT. 3
Circling the Altar
The Mishna (Sukkah 4:5) describes the daily Sukkot practice of hakafot: walking around the altar while carrying the four species and reciting “Ana Hashem Hoshia Na.”
The picture depicts the practice in accordance with the Jerusalem Talmud and Maimonides’ ruling (Lulav 7:23): Everyone – priests, Levites and Israelites – would walk once around the altar each day, and seven times on Hoshana Rabba (just as the Israelites marched seven times around Jericho, as described in the Book of Joshua). Though non-priests were generally not permitted between the altar and the Sanctuary (the entrance to which is seen at left, where the High Priest stands with his four species), this prohibition was suspended for the hakafot.
It is a matter of dispute whether only the four species were carried during the hakafot, or also an additional willow branch (arava), as Maimonides rules; there is even an opinion that only a willow branch was taken.
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THE DAILY INCENSE OFFERING, PT.12
On Yom Kippur The Kohen Gadol would make three separate offerings of incense. The first two offerings were done upon the golden incense altar located in the Kodesh, (the Sanctuary). Facing north, the Kohen Gadol pours the incense onto the altar, as the column of smoke rises. ... See MoreSee Less
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The rabbi here is reported to have asserted in his 'sermon,' an eqivalence between the closing of the gates during Neilah and Trump's closing of the US-Mexico border. 😠
What's funny Mario's? Loser troll
Defiance at the Western Wall - Echoes of a Shofar
Eyewitnesses share their personal stories of how Jews valiantly resisted the British ban on sounding the shofar at the Western Wall from 1930-1947. ... See MoreSee Less
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MK AVI DICHTER, FORMER SECURITY CHIEF, DISCUSSES HIS VISIT TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman and former Head of the General Security Service, MK Avi Dichter ascended the Temple Mount yesterday, on the occasion of the upcoming New Year.
"In anticipation of Rosh Hashana, I ascended this morning to the Temple Mount, the holiest place on earth for Jews," Dichter said, adding that he was pleased to see that "the hundreds of visitors who came to the mountain at the same time, Israelis and tourists, alike, have filled the Mount wth life and vitality."
"The presence of Israeli police officers throughout the Mount lent a sense of security," he said, adding: "The police station on the Mount demonstrates Israeli sovereignty over the area."
Dichter also referred to the Mercy Gate compound, which the Muslim Waqf is trying to illegally convert into a mosque: "The Mercy Gate compound, in which attempts were made to build a mosque, will remain an office complex only - that's what the police commanders on the Mount have pledged."
According to Dichter, "The price of complacency was paid 20 years ago when Solomon's stables were converted into a huge mosque, one of the largest in our region. So, while the Oslo Accord seduced the Israeli government into averting its eyes from catastrophic violations, including on the Temple Mount, such a mistake will not reoccur."
"To summarize," Dichter said, "visiting the Temple Mount I felt at home! Have a happy and blessed New Year!" ... See MoreSee Less
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Monday 9th September 2019: Electric buses hit the streets of Jerusalem! Israel's largest public transport operator Egged added 10 fully electric BYD buses to its Jerusalem fleet last week; Jerusalem passengers on the 15 bus route from the busy Central Bus Station to Talpiot will be the first to experience greener buses.
Ten electric buses began operating on the streets of Jerusalem last Wednesday as part of the implementation of a government initiative to reduce air pollution in Israel's capital city. The buses were added to the 15 line which runs from the Central Bus Station to Talpiot.
Israel's Ministry of Environmental Protection gave Egged a NIS 4 million subsidy to purchase the electric buses, which have zero pollution emissions, less than half of the greenhouse gas emissions than diesel buses, and quieter operation.
The drivers of the electric buses have been specially trained for their operation and will be the only ones permitted to drive them. A designated parking lot with charging stations was established in the Egged parking lot near the Ramot Junction in Jerusalem.
"The electric buses are charged for about five hours and can travel for 200 kilometers (124 miles) between charges," the Ministry of Environmental Protection said.
The buses were imported from China, where most of the world's electric buses are manufactured.
"Jerusalem is leading the public transportation revolution in Israel," said Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Leon. "For 8 years, the city has been enjoying the benefits of the light rail, which has changed the public transportation habits of Jerusalemites and made the city cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful. The electric buses are another significant pillar in the creation of a preference for public transport, and this time, the benefit is for everyone - passengers, private car drivers, and the environment."
"The residents of Jerusalem deserve to breathe clean air," said Environmental Protection Minister MK Zeev Elkin. "For the first time in Jerusalem, we are proud to add electric buses to Egged's travel system, which will significantly reduce the level of pollutant emissions as well as the noise caused by old diesel engines. This is news for Jerusalemites, and in the future, dozens of other electric buses will operate in the capital. This move is joined by a number of other moves we are making at the Ministry of Environmental Protection, such as the creation of a low-emissions zone in Jerusalem, funding shuttles to industrial zones, and subsidizing bicycle-sharing services - so that Jerusalem residents can enjoy both clean air and a better quality of life." ... See MoreSee Less
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