Friday, August 29, 2008
South Africa Ruled By Barbarians, America Next?
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Post Date: 2008-08-25 20:12:10 by David Ben-Ariel
18. To: Magician (#13)
None of the ten tribes landed up in northern Europe or Britain, despite the claims of such insane persons as Herbert Armstrong - and yourself.
Joseph's brethren were also blind to his identity and Joseph stood right in front of them. Nothing new under the sun, eh? Foolishly calling Herbert W. Armstrong or myself "insane" because you're apparently willfully deaf, dumb and blind to the Hebrew roots, the Israelite origins, of the White peoples of Northwestern Europe and the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples doesn't change the facts. Was Orde Wingate "insane" too? And other Christian Zionists too? What lashon hara! (evil tongue, slander). Your prejudice, your bigotry against White Israelites (who are not Jewish and never have been) blinds you.
May God grant you repentance and help you to see, rather than continue to wander in the wilderness fooling yourself that Asian and African converts to the religion of Judaism have somehow changed their race, their ethnicity, and become - presto! - Israelites! Again, if they're ethnic Israelites, you're not! You can't have it both ways. Your Indian emperor has no clothes! Your Indian converts are not Israelites any more than the "Black Hebrews" that pollute Dimona with their unclean presence are Israelites.
If you knew the Bible and history, or weren't in denial of it, you would know that the Northern Ten Tribes of ISRAEL (not Jews, not Jewish, not of Judah), were not to remain in those areas but were foretold to migrate NORTH and WEST and into the ISLES. "We The People" (Am Yisrael) have done so, as the Law and Prophets testify. To ignorantly imagine Israelites have stayed put in the Middle East only is like saying the only true Jews (not Israelites) are in the Middle East (as some do say).
Yair Davidiy, a Torah-observant Jew, founder of Brit-Am Israel in Jerusalem, Israel, offers a treasure trove of rabbinical sources and Jewish information that help reveal Joseph as the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples. Truly, Jews like Yair Davidiy (and Avraham Feld, rabbi) are wonderful pioneers and help hasten the process of redemption that calls for the restoration and reconciliation between Joseph (Northern Ten Tribes of ISRAEL, capital Samaria) and Judah (Southern Kingdom of Judah, capital Jerusalem), that we may ultimately become One Nation Under God, a truly United Kingdom.
Israel in the Isles "LISTEN, O isles, unto me: and hearken, ye people from afar" (Isa. 49:1); and then makes the declaration: "Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified." (v. 3)
"See, I set before you this day
a blessing and a curse."
Av 25, 5768/August 26, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Spider Rock is an "800 foot sandstone spire that rises from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley"...
Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly (de Shay)
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Does The Bible Teach There Were Human Prototypes?
Monday, August 25, 2008
Historic Fraud: Indian Bnei Menashe
a G-d great and awesome."
Av 21, 5768/August 22,2008
The Torah reading of Eikev, (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25), deals at great length with fear. Concerning fear, today modern scientists confirm what Rebbi Nachman said over two hundred years ago: fear is genetically hard-wired into the human psyche. It is part of our human nature. One who claims utter fearlessness is either a liar or a fool. The issue which both Rebbi Nachman and parashat Eikev discuss is how to direct our fear. We are told:
"If you will say in your heart: 'These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?' you will not be afraid of them; remember well what HaShem your G-d did to Pharaoh, and to all of Egypt." (Deuteronomy 7:17-18)
Soon after we are instructed:
"And now, Israel, what does HaShem your G-d require of you, but to fear HaShem your G-d, to walk in all His ways, and to love Him, and to serve HaShem your G-d with all your heart and with your soul; to keep for your good the commandments of HaShem, and His statutes, which I command you this day?" (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
The earlier verse seems to be a tall order indeed. Not to fear our enemies? But they are numerous and they are well armed and their hatred for us is seemingly implacable? What is this commandment if not a call for reckless bravado? And how exactly do we rid ourselves of our fears in light of the explosive circumstances in which we find ourselves?
On the other hand, fearing G-d, at first glance, appears magnificently easy to fulfill. A simple internal statement of intent should suffice. And certainly believing in G-d should imply fearing Him.
Yet G-d demands the exact opposite of us. We are to recalibrate how we measure fear, and relearn how we measure up to fear by redirecting our fear to where it serves ourselves and G-d best. To fear G-d is much more than a well intended mental memo. To fear G-d means to be aware of His presence in every moment. It means to be aware that His light surrounds us. And it means to be aware that the light of G-d is within us. But the way in which we manifest this fear in a manner befitting us as G-d's partners in the perfection of creation, is by utilizing this fear, this recognition of G-d's omnipresence to inform all that we do. This is the intention of the instruction: "...fear HaShem your G-d, to walk in all His ways... to keep for your good the commandments of HaShem, and His statutes." (ibid) Fear, awe, becomes for us, not an emotion to run away from or to give in to, but a source of positive spiritual energy which enervates and enables us to see G-d's presence in every deed we do, from the greatest to the least. Every action that we initiate can become a testimony to His presence in this world. This type of fear binds us to G-d, enabling us "to walk in all His ways." (ibid)
Once we have converted our natural capacity for fear into a positive and integral component of our spiritual being and our every action, we will discover that fear can no longer be subject to the mercy of outside forces which seek to sunder us from Him, plunging us into darkness. Fear, it turns out, unchecked and unmastered, will lead us ultimately into the service of those whose aim is ridding this world of G-d's presence. However, by taking fear upon us as a positive commandment, we discover that the true power of fear is to lead us toward G-d.
As Rebbe Nachman concluded: Each individual is granted a certain capacity to fear in his life. One cannot both fear G-d and fear His enemies. By mustering all our fear to the service of G-d, we banish our fear of others.
Tune in to this week's Temple Talk as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven talk about fear and standing before G-d, even when we prepare our morning cup of coffee.
This week's new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman is entitled, "The Chamber of the Priestly Garments: Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Two of those chambers, the Griddle Cake Makers Chamber and the Chamber of Pinchas the Haberdasher, straddle either side of the Nikanor Gate located in the eastern wall of the Israelite Court. The Chamber of Pinchas is where the priestly garments were manufactured, stored and distributed to the priests beginning their duty at the Holy Temple." Click here to view.
Work continues apace on the new copper laver being produced by the Temple Institute, and this past Wednesday, (19 Av, 5768/August 20, 2008), an important step forward was taken: the copper keter, or ornamental crown, which will be affixed to the top of the laver, was completed and delivered to the Acco based factory of Shlomo Buchbut, where the laver is being prepared. To read more and see photographs of the ornamental crown, please click here.
Did you ever wonder just what G-d requires? "And now, Israel, what does HaShem your G-d require of you, but to fear HaShem your G-d, to walk in all His ways..." Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25).
Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
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Sunday, August 24, 2008
Obama to Africa, Biden to Israel
The chairman of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement spoke at The Ministry Place, Hinton, West Virginia last week, thanks to Sister Penny who (from what I understand) brought the Temple Mount Faithful to the attention of Pastor Robbie Rodes, having become aware of its biblical activities during her pilgrimage to Israel.
1 For behold, in those days and at that time,
When I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem [these days of the restoration of Jews to Israel],
2 I will also gather all nations,
And bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
And I will enter into judgment with them there
On account of My people, My heritage Israel,
Whom they have scattered among the nations;
They have also divided up My land...
and how he would love to speak with our American president and remind him of what the Bible says about the Promised Land of Israel and how it doesn't sanction forging "Palestine" on any dismembered parts of the Jewish Homeland, biblical territories God has given to the Jews, as recognized by Christian Zionists. He realizes that President Bush, like Israeli President Shimon Peres, wouldn't listen, but that they need to be told and warned anyway as a witness.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
It is the hateful, murderous and covetous Arabs who steal and occupy too much of the Jewish Homeland. Remember the Promised Land of Israel includes GREATER ISRAEL (Eretz Yisrael HaShlema), much of which presently lies under a sea of Arabs, waiting to be reclaimed and liberated from Arab occupation. The sooner Israel evicts the Arab squatters, removes the Nazi-Muslim threat such sworn enemies present, and the sooner the US realizes the terrorist Arab regimes are not our friends, and acts accordingly, wholeheartedly supporting Israel's expulsion of Arabs (not Jewish pioneers and faithful settlers] - THE BETTER.
"We The People" (Israel and Judah) could also agree to some new Homestead Act where those Jews and British-Israelites - White Israelites - who so desire, whose spirit our Great Creator inspires as He did our forefathers (Israel in the Isles), can receive worthy incentives to settle our biblical inheritance that will have been cleared for them of wild beasts, peace through strength, to take root and grow and prosper in our Holy Land of ISRAEL, bearing fruit that glorifies God and blesses the entire world.
When Yeshua returns and reigns as the King of the Jews, He will see to this complete defeat and relocation of the enemies of God and Israel if we've failed to do as Moses commands. Rest assured!
THEY MUST GO
It is imperative that there begins, today, a campaign among world Jewry to explain the full extent of the Arab hatred and danger. The complete truth must be told to the masses of good Jews both to justify the need to remove the Arabs and to expose the dangers of the liberal Establishment bloc.
Peace Now: Arabs and Jews Must Go Their Separate Ways
Genesis 15: 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants [through Isaac] I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates: 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites."
Don't Expel Jews From Gaza!
Ariel Sharon: From Zionist to Traitor
Christian Zionists, Jews, and Israel
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"Hear, O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One."
Av 13, 5768/August 14, 2008
This past Sunday, the ninth of Av, Jews the world over mourned the loss of the Holy Temple. The day is marked by Jews of all stripes, those more observant, and those less observant, as every Jew recognizes the great and enduring rent rendered in the fabric of our relationship with G-d as a nation and as individuals, as a result from the destruction of the Holy Temple at the hands of the Roman legions 1938 years ago. Righteous Gentiles, too, are counted among the mourners of the Holy Temple's destruction and desolation. In truth, all nations should mourn bitterly the loss of the house of G-d on Mount Moriah, as all the world stands diminished as a result.
Yet, from this darkest of days on our calendar shines forth the first tender ray of hope and redemption for Israel and mankind. Tradition maintains that on this very day the messiah will be born. There is no rebuke without consolation. This is the sublime message of the month of Av, otherwise known as Menachem Av - the consoling father. There are certain aspects of the Tish'a b'Av observance that are reminiscent of our observance of the Sabbaths and holidays, that seem to be quietly comforting us: the sadness will not be forever - even this day, the ninth of Av, will one day become for us a day of great festivity.
In fact, just one week following the ninth is a day described 2000 years ago in the Mishna as "the happiest day of the year for Israel." This is Tu b'Av, literally, the 15th of Av. Tu b'Av is celebrated by the house of Israel as a day of brotherly love, a propitious opportunity for matrimonial matchmaking, and a day of closeness to G-d. How wonderful is G-d who with one hand rebukes while with the other draws us close:
"For you are a holy people unto HaShem your G-d: HaShem your G-d has chosen you to be His own treasure, out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth." (Deuteronomy 7:6)
The fast of the 9th of Av is followed each year by the Shabbat Torah reading of Ve’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11) The reading opens with Moses relating how he has beseeched G-d repeatedly, asking Him to overturn His decree and to allow Moses to enter the land. In fact, Midrash tells us that Moses formulated 515 separate entreaties, (the numerical value of "ve’etchanan" - "and I beseeched"), but G-d would not be swayed, finally telling Moses to desist: "speak no more unto Me of this matter." (ibid 3:26) Moses' disappointment must have been awesome in magnitude. Yet soon after in his narrative to his people he pronounces what is essentially the single six-word (Hebrew) phrase which most profoundly and succinctly describes the recognition of G-d's totality and of our own inseparable relationship to Him: "Hear, O Israel - the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is one." (ibid 6:4)
Little wonder that the Torah reading of Ve’etchanan is part and parcel with the Menachem Av experience of rebuke and consolation. From the depths of his own experience of loss and regret, Moses was able to cling to the one G-d as never before, providing for his people and for the world a statement of unshakable faith and transcendence, from calamity and reproof to consolation and redemption. The message of the comforting father of Menachem Av.
Tune in to this week's Temple Talk as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven reflect on Tish'a 'Av , look forward to Tu b'Av , investigate the weekly Torah reading of Ve'etchanan and describe the turnaround in the air as Menachem Av moves from destruction to renewal, and the first glimpses of Rosh Hashana appear on the horizon.
Today also features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "The Chambers of the Israelite Court, part II: Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Having already described the chambers along the southern border of the Israelite Court in last week's teaching, Rabbi Richman goes on to describe the chambers along the northern wall of the Israelite Court: The Chamber of Hewn Stone, the Chamber of the Wheel, and the Parhedrin: the private quarters of the High Priest. The Rabbi describes at length the four lotteries which were conducted daily in the Chamber of Hewn Stone for the purposes of assigning tasks for the serving priests." Click here to view.
We have reposted Rabbi Richman's Tu b'Av teaching from last year. If you would like to view the teaching, please click here.
This Tish'a b'Av , while thousands mourned and fasted below in the Western Wall Plaza, hundreds of observant Jews ascended the Temple Mount in strict accordance with halachah (Jewish law). To read more and to see photographs of the visit, please click here.
Recently the Temple Institute organized a harvest of the tola'at shani worm used in producing the crimson dye essential for making the avnet - the sixteen meter long belt of the common priests, as part of our goal to manufacture 120 sets of lay priest garments ready for use in the Holy Temple. However, the quantity of dye needed to produce the 120 belts was simply more than could be provided for by the local harvest. So the Temple Institute sent an emissary to Istanbul, Turkey, where he purchased in the open market one kilo (2.2 lbs) of tola'at shani worms harvested from the mountains of Turkey. He asked the merchant to package the worms in two separate half-kilo vacuum packs. If you are curious how a half-kilo of vacuum packed tola'at shani worms looks like, please click here.
If you would like to learn more about our earlier harvesting expedition, please click here.
"Hear, O Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4) This is the central article of Jewish faith and commitment. But how does one conduct oneself in such a way as to exemplify the totality of G-d’s oneness? We learn what declaring G-d’s unity is all about from Rabbi Akiva. Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Ve'etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11).
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Obama's best hope is to face the race issue explicitly.- By Peter Beinart
We definitely should not ignore the race factor or even pretend it's possible or desirable. Some of us refuse to submit to the dumbing down replacement theology of the self-righteous politically correct cult that would advance every race at the White people's expense; that always "understands" how others want their kind in positions of power and clearly vote that way; how others want to preserve their heritage, but scream bloody murder whenever a White person dares to expose the hypocrisy, the double standards, the institutionalized reverse discrimination of quotas, "affirmative action," ad nauseum. The PC emperor has no clothes!
The Curse of Jeremiah Wrights
Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, Barack Obama, Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson and others all represent the curse of reverse discrimination, the tail wagging the dog, the animals running the farm, the serious consequences for White Israelite disobedience to God (Deuteronomy 28:43).
President Barack Obama sound good to you?
Sounds good for Africa, Asia or some Arab country - but not for the United States of America. I'm not some silly woman all googley-eyed over Barack Hussein Obama (sounds like Osama, doesn't it?) or some self-hating or misguided white person who feels I must vote for the black man to prove to the racist PC masters I'm not racist.
Diversity Demands: Segregate Now!
The more white Israelite people try to ignore the issues of race, the more race will get in our face (Daniel 9:11). It is in the best interests of every race to SEGREGATE NOW.
The English-Speaking Nations of White Israelites
Is God a racist? Does He discriminate? Did Jesus hate Gentiles? Was Paul prejudiced? Are Israelites and Jews superior to other peoples? Is God's favorite color white?
The Plain Truth About Race And Responsibility
Why leave others with distorted views of what the Bible says? Why not present our God-given understanding of cause and effect for today's increasing racial divides? Precisely because it is a BOMBSHELL to those who have been lulled to sleep, drugged by PC poison and who, once awakened would be enraged and shoot the messenger!
It seems evident that the resurrected Noah will head a vast project of the relocation of the races and nations, within the boundaries God has set, for their own best good, happiness and richest blessings. This will be a tremendous operation. It will require great and vast organization, reinforced with power to move whole nations and races. This time, peoples and nations will move where God has planned for them, and no defiance will be tolerated.
Monday, August 11, 2008
If Jerusalem's Temple Mount stands at the heart of the Middle East conflict, and if Muslim intransigence regarding the religious rights of others at the site is any indication, then it would appear all talk of regional peace is somewhat premature.
The Nazi-Muslims declare war daily against Christians and Jews upon the TEMPLE Mount. Israel shamefully aids and abets such Nazi-Muslim terrorism. Thankfully, the days of the Arab occupation of the Temple Mount are numbered.
Jewish guards prevent Christians and Jews from exercising their religious right to pray on the Temple Mount? That's right! Only Muslims have unlimited access to Judaism's most holy site. Only the Koran is permitted within. The Tanach (Jewish Scripture, known to much of the world as the "Old Testament") and Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) are forbidden. Yet Israel claims to respect the religious rights of all people.
Jews Must Demand Rights to Temple Mount
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The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement will march to the Temple Mount on Tisha b'Av 5768 (August 10, 2008) at 11:00 AM (Jerusalem time) in remembrance of the day of the destruction of the First and Second Temples and the soon-to-be built Third Temple. ... more
Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement Documentary
This video documents the history of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and the work of the Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement to reclaim it for the Jewish nation. Watch this exciting video and see what is happening in these final days. [Running time: 34:42 minutes] ..... watch it here!
The Temple Mount and Land of Israel Faithful Movement marched on Jerusalem Day (Monday, June 2, 2008/28 Iyar 5768) from Ammunition Hill, on the north of Jerusalem, to the Biblical city of Jerusalem, to the Temple Mount. This day commemorates the 1967 liberation of the Biblical city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount (the location of the first, second, and third Temples)..... more
The Hulda gates had a special significance in the history of the First and Second Temples. It was the main entrance to the Temple Mount for many millions of Israeli pilgrims. The gates were named after the prophet Hulda. She was one of the most popular and important prophets of Israel during the First Temple age. The people of Israel appreciated her so much that they buried her near the southern gates of the Temple Mount. The lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah at this Holy place was the climax of the Hanukkah event of the Faithful Movement on the Temple Mount. . . . more
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|1) The Issue|
For over 2,500 years, Jews in substantial numbers resided in areas that are today Arab countries - over 1,000 years before the advent of Islam.
In the 1940's, the status of Jews in Arab countries worsened dramatically, especially after many Arab countries declared war, or backed the war against Israel. Jews were uprooted from their homes or became subjugated, political hostages in the Arab world's struggle against Israel. In virtually all cases, as Jews fled, Arab governments seized and/or confiscated their individual and communal properties without any compensation provided.
In reality, there were two Middle East refugee populations. Yet, neither the mass violations of human rights, nor the displacement of Jews from Arab countries, have ever been adequately addressed by the international community. It would constitute an injustice were the international community to recognize rights for one victim population - Palestinian refugees - without recognizing equal rights for other victims of that very same Middle East conflict - Jews displaced from Arab countries.
|2) Senate Resolution on Refugees|
In 2007, four Senators and four Congressmen introduced bi-partisan landmark Resolutions on Middle East refugees. Senate Resolution 85 and House Resolution 185 - The House Resolution was ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY in April of 2008, now, it is time to ensure Senate Resolution 85 gets approved!
S.Res 85 calls attention to the fact that Jews living in Arab countries suffered human rights violations, were displaced from their homes, and were made refugees. Far-reaching and comprehensive, this Resolution instruct the President to ensure that in all international forums, when the issue of "Middle East refugees" is discussed, representatives of the United States must ensure: "That any explicit reference to Palestinian refugees is matched by a similar explicit reference to Jewish and other refugees, as a matter of law and equity."
This bi-partisan Senate Resolution has been spearheaded by: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ); Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN); Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL); Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) [now retired]; Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT); Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).
The Resolution is currently before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
|3) What to Emphasize to Your Senator|
No just, comprehensive Middle East peace can be reached without recognition of, and redress for, the uprooting of centuries-old Jewish communities in the Middle East and North Africa by Islamic regimes hostile to the State of Israel.
The legitimate call to secure rights and redress for Jews who were forced to flee Arab countries is not a campaign against Palestinian refugees; nor is it about launching legal proceedings to seek compensation. It is an initiative to ensure that the plight of former Jewish refugees from Arab countries be placed on the international political agenda as a quest for truth and justice and that their rights be secured as a matter of law and equity;
On November 22nd, 1967, the Security Council unanimously adopted, Resolution 242, laying down the principles for a peaceful settlement in the Middle East. Still considered the primary vehicle for resolving the Arab-Israel conflict, Resolution 242 stipulates that a comprehensive peace settlement should necessarily include "a just settlement of the refugee problem." No distinction is made between Arab refugees and Jewish refugees.
|4) Here is how YOU can help!|
1. Familiarize yourself with the issue. The Resolution and information can be obtained by visiting www.justiceforjews.com/resolutions.html.
2. Contact members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations urging them to adopt S.Res 85, the bi-partisan resolution on 'Middle East Refugees' that calls for equal rights for Jewish refugees from Arab countries.
FAX THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
[THIS IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE METHOD]
Fax: 202-228-3612 (Sen. Joseph Biden leading the Democrats)
Fax: 202-224-0836 (Sen. Richard Lugar leading the Republicans)
FAX OF ALL OTHER COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS MEMBERS
Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) 202-224-1083
John F. Kerry (D-MA) 202-224-8525
Russell D. Feingold (D-WI) 202-224-2725
Barbara Boxer (D-CA) 202-224-0454
Bill Nelson (D-FL) 202-228-2183
Barack Obama (D-IL) 202-228-4260
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) 202-228-2197
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) 202-224-1651
Robert P. Casey (D-PA) 202-228-0604
James Webb (D-VA) 202-228-6363
Chuck Hagel (R-NE) 202-224-5213
Norm Coleman (R-MN) 202-224-1152
Bob Corker (R-TN) 202-228-0566
George Voinovich (R-OH) 202-228-1382
Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) 202-224-5301
James DeMint (R-SC) 202-228-5143
Johnny Isakson (R-GA) 202-228-0724
David Vitter (R-LA) 202-228-5061
John A. Barrasso (R-WY) 202-224-1724
CONTACT VIA TELEPHONE
S.Res 85 is supported by both political parties. You can call the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations at:
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Voice: 202-224-6797 (Sen. Richard Lugar leading the Republicans)
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"These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel"
Av 5, 5768/August 6, 2008
The vivid scene beckons us: Perched on the eastern bank of the Jordan river, the city of Jericho shimmering in the distance through the hot vapors rising from the sun baked earth of the land of Israel, the children of Israel, men, women and infants alike, sit rapt with attention, as Moshe Rabbenu - Moses our master - opens what is to be his final address to his people. They have come so far from the exile and degradation of Egypt. They have trekked through the blistering desert sands. They have overcome hunger and thirst. They have defended themselves from spiritual warfare, and have prevailed in military conflict. The promised land awaits them.
They are weary from their journey through space and through time. They are apprehensive, excited, nervous. They long to cross the river, yet tremble at the thought of the challenges that await them on the other side. They long to cross the river, yet they could remain here forever in the desert, and never realize the time.
But for their leader Moses, his time has come. He won't be making that journey to the other side. He will soon ascend Mount Nevo as G-d has instructed him, and look one last time into the promised land that he is destined not to enter, before he is buried in an unknown grave. Prophet, leader and shepherd of souls to the very end, Moses will spend the next thirty seven days utilizing every breath he has left to exhort his people to become the people that G-d and Torah expects them to become. To be fearless, intrepid, determined, and ruthless when necessary, as they enter the land and lay claim to their future: the land of Israel, the city of Jerusalem, a House for G-d - His sanctuary on Mount Moriah.
This is the book of Deuteronomy - Devarim - which we begin reading in synagogues this coming Shabbat, on the eve of the Ninth of Av. The sharp juxtaposition between a people about to fulfill their destiny and a people mourning the devastating loss of this destiny nearly 2000 years ago, is stunning. How do we make the connection? The dissonance cuts like a knife to the heart. Are our glory days behind us? Is all that remains for us is to cry out in anguish, tear our clothes and rub our foreheads with ashes?
Moses, before he died, was invited by G-d to ascend Mount Nevo, from where he was able to see the length and the breadth of the land of Israel. Midrash teaches us that G-d also afforded him a vision that included all the goings-on in the land of Israel until the end of days. It was only then, assured of his people's future, that Moses was gathered up to his fathers.
We, too, have been wandering in a wilderness for some forty years. In 1967 the Temple Mount was liberated from foreign hands. A great opportunity and a great challenge became ours to pursue. Yet rather than crossing that river into a new reality, from exile to redemption, from a scattered, oppressed nation, to a nation in whose midst G-d resides, we have hesitated, made excuses, pointed our fingers and shrugged our shoulders. Our enemies, today's Pharaohs, see our confusion, rub their hands in delight and say, "They are entangled in the land, the wilderness has shut them in." (Exodus 14:3)
Fear not, Children of Israel: Moses our master still exhorts us to be strong and of courage, to take fate - the destiny, the purpose, the mission promised us - into our own hands, and truly enter this land and establish G-d's presence here in our midst.
We are told that on the conclusion of the Yom Kippur fast we are to immediately take up our hammers and begin the construction of our sukkot. May we conclude the upcoming fast of the ninth of Av with the same zeal and determination, taking up our hammers, and beginning immediately the construction of His house:
"Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples." (Isaiah 56:7)
Tune in to this week's Temple Talk as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven discuss the book of Deuteronomy, the Torah reading of Devarim, Moses the paradigm of leadership, and the urgency of rebuilding the House of G-d, even as we approach the Tish'a B'Av fast.
Today features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "The Chambers of the Israelite Court: Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Beginning with the southern border of the Israelite Court, Rabbi Richman begins to enumerate the Chamber of Salt, the Parvah Chamber, and the Washing Chamber. Moving to the northern border, he describes the Chamber of Hewn Stone - the chamber where the Great Sanhedrin sat." Click here to view.
This past Thursday, (July 31st), on the eve of Rosh Chodesh Av, (the new month of Av), the Temple Institute sponsored a YOUTH CONFERENCE, under the banner, "'build me a Temple and I shall dwell amongst you.'" (Exodus 25:8) Over five hundred teenagers attended the event, where they heard the guest lecturers speak of the commandment to build the Holy Temple, how the commandment applies to each individual, and the great need for "young blood" to be active in paving the way to the rebuilding. To learn more about the youth conference, please click here.
The holy Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev teaches that on the Sabbath before the 9th of Av, (the day of fasting which commemorates the Holy Temple which was destroyed in the year 70 AD by the Romans), the Sabbath known as Shabbat Chazon, the Sabbath of Vision, each and every Jew gains access to his own unique vision of the Holy Temple rebuilt! In this way, G-d inculcates us with heightened Temple consciousness, preparing us spiritually, intellectually and materially for the task of rebuilding the Holy Temple. Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22).