Sunday, August 29, 2010

Restore America!

President Teddy Roosevelt said, "The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing as a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities."

We must renew America by restoring the racial dominance of people of white color as our former immigration policy insured (that the treacherous drunk and murderer Senator Ted Kennedy perverted in 1965).

Friday, August 27, 2010

I declare this Day

"I declare this day... "
(Deuteronomy 26:3)
Elul 10, 5770/August 19, 2010

The Torah reading of Ki Tavo opens with instructions being given by Moshe rabennu, (Moses our master), to the children of Israel, concerning the very first commandments to be carried out upon entering the land of Israel. These include the bringing of the first fruits, the tithing of the produce and the setting up of twelve stones atop Mount Eval, overlooking the city of Shechem. The second half of the Torah reading, however, is dominated by a delineation of blessings for serving G-d, and curses which will befall the people of Israel if they fail to pursue G-d's commandments "with happiness and with gladness of heart." (ibid 28:47)
The litany of kelalot, admonitions, is long, fearsome, and foreboding. It most chillingly reads like a chronicle of tragedies that have indeed befallen the nation of Israel over the millennia. But perhaps more than anything else, it seems to invoke, at least in our weaker moments, an oppressive sense of helplessness, of inevitability. Once the nation goes astray there exists, one may glean, an irreversible slippery slide down the long slope of reproof followed by reproof followed by reproof. Can Israel reverse course before hitting bottom? Are we looking at the stereotypical "angry Deity of the Old Testament," wreaking havoc upon man? Are we really held captive by a cosmic fate beyond our control?
Of course not. G-d's admonitions to Israel are those of a loving father, whose only concern is the welfare of his children. In any case, such a notion of helplessness is antithetical to very thing Torah comes to teach us, that is, personal responsibility. And the clearest proof of this is embodied in the ceremony of the first fruits described in Ki Tavo's opening verses, in which we are told, in no uncertain terms, that man holds his own fate in the palms of his own hands. The pilgrim is instructed to bring to the altar of the Holy Temple the first fruits of his labor in the field, his finest efforts, his own personal god-like piece of creation. And this most wondrous reflection of himself he is commanded to relinquish, placing in in a basket and "laying it before the altar of HaShem, your G-d." (ibid 26:4) By doing so the pilgrim acknowledges that G-d is the sole Creator and Master of of all, even that which this pilgrim himself has toiled to bring forth from the earth. Our pilgrim then recalls the history of the Israelite nation, beginning with their pursuit and desert wanderings and concluding with their entering the land of Israel, "a land flowing with milk and honey." (ibid 26:9)
The pilgrim then states: "And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground which you, HaShem, have given to me." (ibid 26:10) By doing so he affirms and confirms beyond a shadow of a doubt his own personal centrality in G-d's creation and in the Divine purpose which informs G-d's creation. Far from being a faceless extra, out of sync, and lost in a vast and unconcerned universe which careens heartlessly through time, our pilgrim is literally the lynchpin which binds G-d to man, heaven to earth. And all it took was a little humility.
Is this any less than a replay and a correction of the original first fruits episode which unfolded at the dawn of man? We know that the Holy Temple stands literally in the very location of the Garden of Eden, and the altar in the place of the tree of life. And wasn't it Adam and Chava's (Eve's) misappropriation of the first fruit of the tree of knowledge that first brought death and sorrow into G-d's world?
No, the horror upon horror of the curses laid out in Ki Tavo's later verses do not come in order to cause us to lose heart, but to take heart. How simply we can take back our world if only we confront G-d directly, on His terms, and upon His turf, as it were, the Holy Temple, and present to Him our finest selves, with humility. It is this humility which lifts our souls and fills our hearts with gladness - the antidote, the cure, and the end to every curse and cause of pain:
"Then, you shall rejoice with all the good that HaShem, your G-d, has granted you and your household you, the Levite, and the stranger who is among you." (ibid 26:11)


Temple TalkTune in to this week's Temple Talk as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven discuss the intricate beauty of the commandment to bring first fruits to the Holy Temple, in joy and thankfulness, and what this means for every single human being today. This week's Torah portion of Ki Tavo is actually a concise guide to the themes of Elul – an Elul survival kit – that contains everything we need to know to break away from the rote and humdrum of our everyday existence and get back to where we belong; fully focused on "G-d consciousness."


I Want to Get Closer to YouThis week features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "I Want to Get Closer to You: Psalm 27 is traditionally recited in the morning and evening every day during the month of Elul. What is the secret of this Psalm? What special significance does it have for this month of prayer and repentance? An exploration of its meaning sheds light upon the true goal of the month of Elul - to make a real, uncompromising and trusting relationship with G-d our first priority." Click here to view.


Field of Dreams, or Field of

Blood?Revisiting the King in the Field: Field of Dreams, or Field of Blood? The month of Elul is one of introspection and drawing closer to G-d. We would certainly hope that this reality would be reflected in the holiest spot on earth, the Temple Mount. Yet this year the Moslem month of Ramadan coincides with Elul, and a message of hate and incitement against Israel and disdain of the place of the House of G-d has hijacked the Mount. To learn more and see pictures, please click here.


Parashat HashavuaBy performing Torah commandments with joy, as prescribed in this week's parasha, and expressing our thanks to G-d for all His blessings, we become keenly aware that G-d is with us in all our endeavors, the ultimate validation of our lives. Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8).


Join Us
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Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
  Yitzchak Reuven
  The Temple Institute

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

"And you see among the captives... "

"And you see among the captives... "
(Deuteronomy 21:11)
Elul 10, 5770/August 19, 2010

This week's Torah reading opens with a scenario of war, in the case of the captured woman, and it concludes similarly with a scenario of war, this time the generations-old war of Amalek against the children of Israel. The closing verses concerning Amalek begin with the exhortation, "You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way, when you went out of Egypt..." (ibid 24:17) and end with the unequivocal commandment, "You shall not forget!" (ibid 24:19) What message connects these two theaters of war, and how does it impact on our Elul preparations for the upcoming days of Awe?
As we have learned from our previous run-in with Amalek, in Exodus 17: 8-16, his particular WMD, (weapon of mass destruction), is his ability to penetrate our hearts with doubt and despair. In fact, even the name Amalek, in Hebrew, shares the numerical value of the Hebrew word for doubt, safek. And with what sophisticated mechanism does he release his deadly payload? Again, Torah subtly reveals this as well: "You shall remember what Amalek did to you on the way..." (Deuteronomy 24:17) The Hebrew for "did to you on the way" is karcha baderech. The word karcha can be understood in two ways. Literally it means "happened," meaning, by coincidence, without rhyme or reason, no rationale or justification. And this leads us to the second meaning of karcha, which is,"and you grew cold." In other words, Torah is teaching us, the illusion of the very purposeless of it all, that Amalek is spreading like a trap, leaves us bewildered and shaken in our belief, leaving us cooler and more distant from the central Torah message of purpose and meaning in this world.
This is the very battle that is being waged against Israel today, by land, by sea, and via the air waves, twenty-four hours a day. The battle to undermine, unnerve, delegitimize and cast doubt in our eyes, blinding us to our Torah mission to declare the unity of G-d and spread the light of His truth to the four corners of the world. This is the common thread that ties the Goldstone commission to the flotilla invasion, the rockets being fired from Gaza to the bullets being fired from Lebanon. It is all in the name of Amalek, in the name of snuffing out the light of G-d in the world by hijacking justice and hurling invective against G-d's chosen ones.
Ki Teitzei begins with the story of the warrior, victorious in battle, who sees and desires a captive woman. Torah lays out a series of steps designed to cool the warrior's ardor and test the purity of his intentions. The great commentator Rashi understands this to be the Torah's way of putting a check on man's understandable but nevertheless problematic confrontation with his baser instincts. After all, this is an Amalek attack, even after the heat of battle has subsided, for who but Amalek has cast doubt before our warrior, causing him to temporarily forget and not remember His covenant with G-d. The Torah's "remedy" is a prescription designed to ease him back into G-d's moral imperative, thereby robbing Amalek of a victory.
The saintly commentator, the Ohr HaChaim, views the incident of the captive woman in a very different light. As he teaches, our warrior is a very righteous man, as witnessed by the fact that he is risking life and soul for the performance of a perilous and dangerous commandment, defending his people and G-d's land against the enemy. In the intense heat of battle he doesn't forget his purpose, but, on the contrary, his unparalleled focus on fulfilling the commandment has bestowed upon him a heightened consciousness. In his elevated state, the beauty that he perceives and desires within the captive woman is the holiness possessed within her soul. There is no happenstance here, no wavering of the spirit, tottering between good and evil impulses. By successfully vanquishing the doubt and despair of Amalek he has revealed the purpose of all that G-d has set out before him, and Torah's prescription for him is again, a cooling off period, but this time to test whether he can live up to his own greatest potential, and remain forever certain of the captive woman's holiness, and of the sanctity of his attachment to her.
Two very different interpretations, but each one comes to express the same truth: We must remember, and never forget our purpose as human beings created in the image of G-d. We must remember and never forget that our presence on this earth has meaning. Every day of our lives we are engaged in a battle to maintain our own sense of self worth. Whenever we turn on the TV, go to the mall, open up the newspaper, or tune into the evening news we are being relentlessly shelled with a message that we have got nothing to win and nothing to lose, there is no sense in trying. Amalek whispers in our ear, and lays in wait outside our door. In this Elul month of stocktaking and introspection, of girding ourselves spiritually for the upcoming year, we must make it our job to vanquish the Amalek from within and the Amalek from without. We can begin this task by reexamining and rededicating ourselves to a purposeful life, leaving no room for doubt, granting no quarter to uncertainty.

Temple TalkTune in to this week's Temple Talk as Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven along with special guest, the famed Egyptologist, film maker, author of "Riddle of the Exodus," and noted Noahide, Jim Long, engage in a lively discussion on the universal dimensions of Elul and the ramifications of the "King in the Field" for the whole world.
As the rumblings of war dominate the news in Israel and the shofar-blasts of Elul herald the war against the Evil Inclination, this week's Torah portion of Ki Tetzei begins and ends with the concept of war: From the scenario of the "captive woman" to the attack of Amalek. What's the connection between the beginning and the end? What's Amalek's secret weapon, and how can Elul neutralize it? Tune in to this week's Temple Talk for answers!

Where Are You?This week features the new Bat Melech video teaching with Rabbanit Rena Richman, entitled, "Where Are You?: Elul is a month that demands to be lived in every sense of the word. This is the month for recalibrating our souls, for being accountable to ourselves, and for becoming viable reflections of G-d's presence in the world." Click here to view.

Who Bears Our BurdenToday also features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "Who Bears Our Burden: We have been bestowed with the ability to change. Whatever burden we have created for ourselves, it will not crush us if we only remember that G-d helps us to shoulder our responsibilities the moment we determine to take steps toward realizing our true potential as His children." Click here to view.

Parashat Hashavua"For you go out to war against your enemies, and HaShem, your G-d, will deliver him into your hands..." (Deut. 21:10) Some wars are guaranteed victories, while others, ("If you go to war in your land against an adversary that oppresses you..." Numbers 10:9) threaten to be unmitigated disasters. What basic military doctrines is Torah teaching us, and what basic attributes of love for the land and faith in G-d are required of our leaders? Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Ki Teitzei (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19).

Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
  Yitzchak Reuven
  The Temple Institute

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Identifying Birthmarks of Israel Today

These are the facts skeptics attempt to ignore or vainly deny, even though the odds of fulfilling a fraction of these distinct prophecies is nil:

The birthmarks of fulfilled biblical prophecies include, as the Jerusalem-based Brit Am Israel organization teaches:

According to the Bible ten out of the twelve tribes of Israel split away (1 Kings 12:19), formed their own kingdom of "Israel" (1 Kings 12:20) and were exiled by the Assyrians (2 Kings 17:18). They forget their identity (Hosea 1:9, 7:8; Isaiah 49:21) and became the Lost Ten Tribes. In the future they will re-unite with the Jews (Ezekiel 37; Isaiah 11:13; Jeremiah 3:18) of "Judah", but until then they have a role of their own to fulfill. They were destined to be situated at the continental extremities of the earth such as North America, the British Isles, Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa (Deuteronomy 33:13; Isaiah 24:16, 26:15, 41:8-9, 49:6), to be the richest (Genesis 27:28, 49:25; Deuteronomy 33:13-16; Hosea 2:8), and most powerful (Numbers 24:8-7; Micah 5:7-9) nations on earth and to control major international strategic bases (Genesis 22:16-17, 24:60). All of these points together with numerous others show that descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes can only be found amongst Western Nations, especially the English-speaking ones.

Blessed be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob for keeping His Word, for being faithful concerning his promises of RACE - which strengthens our faith concerning his promises of GRACE.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

"One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel"

Who and What is a Jew

DavidBenAriel says:

pagan man-god myths - Shy Guy

Your stereotypes sadly enslave and blind you. I don't believe Yeshua was divine when he was in the flesh and reject the accursed trinity doctrine.

"The Gentilized Israelites (many Catholics and Protestants) must confess and forsake our baptized paganism, our whitewashed heathen customs that Roman wolves have polluted the world with and misled the masses, and Judaism must reject its Babylonian relics of astrology, amulets, "hell" and other religious lies, as Zechariah proves Judah isn't perfect either. Gentilized Jews, assimilated Jews, must remember their Hebrew roots and biblical responsibilities and act accordingly."
- Israel and Judah Must Get House in Order Before King Messiah Arrives


Insecure Jews begrudge I exercised my prerogative to legally change my name to a Hebrew name, while secure Jews respect it and admire it (knowing the list of Jews who have taken "Christian" names is endless). Ironically, I doubt "Yamit" or "Shy Guy" are legal surnames, while they obsess over mine. Regardless, "One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel" (Isa. 44:5).

As for who and what is a Jew:

"Eye on Zion" - Yishai Fleisher's Speaking Tour

SUMMER 2010: Israel – A Heart of Flesh in a World with a Heart of Stone

Israel is a miracle and is the most exciting project of the Jewish people in 2,000 years. Yet this young country is in ever present danger, from within and from without. How do we help Israel regain her self-confidence in a hostile world which seeks her destruction? How do we balance the modern needs of a democratic state with the vision of a Jewish Homeland powered by Jewish principles? How do we bring about a sense of unity in the Holy Land? What can we do to assure Israel’s success in this trying moment of need?

Join Yishai Fleisher as he tackles Israel’s unique challenges and articulates a vision for a winning direction forward. If you care about Israel, you won’t want to miss this talk!


I stood up for Israel (especially the Temple Mount) and was unjustly deported. Where were Jews to decry this outrage? If Israelis fail to support those who highlight the plight of the Temple Mount suffering under Nazi Muslim occupation, they deserve to lose it all and they will when the German-Jesuit EU stomps Jerusalem.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

When You Go Out to War

"When you go out to war against your enemies..."
(Deuteronomy 20:1)
Elul 3, 5770/August 12, 2010


We enter Elul, the eleventh and final month of the Hebrew year, even as Moshe rabbenu, in the closing chapters of the book of Deuteronomy continues to prepare the people of Israel for what lies ahead in the land of Israel. In this week's Torah reading of Shoftim, nine verses (Deuteronomy 20:1-9) are dedicated to preparing the nation for war. As we begin the month long approach to the upcoming Days of Awe, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, upon which we will be standing in judgment before the Creator, King and Judge of all life, we too need to gear up for our own personal war, as we battle to improve our ways, repent for our misdeeds, and ready ourselves for our yearly reckoning. Can Torah's instructions for Israel as they prepare for war shed light on our battle for self improvement?
The month of Elul has been characterized as a month in which "the King is in the field." That is, G-d has emerged from His distant and seemingly inaccessible palace, and has renewed, as it were, His presence in this world. Actually, truth be told, it was we who grew distant over the passage of time, and it is G-d, out of His great love for His people, who seeks us out yet again. This "field" we call Elul is, in effect, the same battlefield upon which Israel was perched in this week's reading. And it is instructive to point out that the Hebrew word for a military engagement, krav, is from the word meaning to draw near. So in our battlefield of Elul, as we strive to draw nearer to G-d and nearer to our true selves, we are engaging in the battle of our lives. The battle for our lives.
"When you go out to war against your enemies... " (ibid) Torah tells us. World events of the last decade have made it painfully clear to all that if we do not properly identify our enemy we cannot successfully overcome him. So too with the adversary within ourselves. Simply wanting to make personal change isn't enough. We need to be able to take a clear, cold look at ourselves, identify our failings, and only then can we begin to draw up a plan of attack.
" ...and you see horse and chariot, a people more numerous than you... " (ibid) Torah continues. Our own weaknesses may seem too much to overcome, but we are told, " shall not be afraid of them, for HaShem, your G-d is with you Who brought you up out of the land of Egypt."(ibid) Yes, just as G-d brought us to freedom from Egyptian bondage, He will see that we shall free ourselves of our own self-imposed shackles, if only we rally to His call.
The Torah next describes how the kohen, (priest), will speak words of encouragement to the troops. It is not the earthly king or temporal leader of Israel who is called upon to rally our hearts, but the priest whose work is in the Holy Temple, whose very presence here among the troops reminds us of G-d's desire to shed His Divine presence upon us as He makes His abode here on earth. What greater vote of confidence could there be than knowing that G-d, the General of our souls, will not be watching our battle from afar, on a plasma screen, but that He has extended His Divine presence and benevolence to this same field in which we strive against all odds and against implacable foes.
Finally the kohen raises the issue of our greatest fears: "What man is there who has built a new house and has not [yet] inaugurated it?... And what man is there who has planted a vineyard, and has not [yet] redeemed it?... And what man is there who has betrothed a woman and has not [yet] taken her?" (ibid 20:5-7) How many of us try to forestall the moment of truth, the moment in which we test our souls, the moment in which we make the fateful decision that we will no longer be content to be the same person we were yesterday, but that we will allow ourselves to grow, and to grow closer to G-d? Are we afraid of whom we might become? Are we afraid of the other man who might "inaugurate" our house, "redeem" our vineyard, or be the husband to our wife? We cannot, must not, be afraid of the person we are intended to be. Now in the month of Elul, while G-d is nearer than ever, we need seize the moment, the moment that G-d has afforded us, to make every effort for self-improvement, to be willing to risk it all to finally vanquish our inner foes. It won't be a stranger living in our house, enjoying the fruits of our labors, and being with our loved ones. It will still be us, but even more so, having emerged victorious in our battle to transforms ourselves.
Temple TalkTune in to this week's Temple Talk with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven as they find themselves once again in the glorious field known as the month of Elul, where the King is making a surprise visit!
This week of parshat Shoftim begins the month of Elul, special time of Divine Will and the "emergency room" of the entire year. Temple Talk focuses on the spiritually-charged potential for individual and national growth during this unique month, as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman emphasize the personal aspects of the King's month-long surprise visit to the field, where He confronts each one of us and challenges us to measure up to who we really are... who we really could be.
ModestyThis week features the Bat Melech video teaching with Rabbanit Rena Richman, entitled, "Modesty, Parts 1 & 2: Torah provides a synthesis allowing us to balance and harmonize our internal and external selves, realizing the G-dly image in which we are created. First recorded in March, 2008, this two-part special contains a message worth hearing this month of Elul." Click here to view.
The Accuser We CreateToday also features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "The Accuser We Create: Our sages teach that 'whoever commits a sin, acquires an accuser for himself.' These are negative forces that become our persecutors, and we actually create these forces through our own misdeeds. They are nourished through our misguided energy and unless we act to correct the situation, they will rise up to accuse us. G-d 'bears the iniquity' of these accusers, which we have brought into the world, who pollute His creation." Click here to view.
Elul: The King

is in the Field: Where are You?
Elul: The King is in the Field: Where are You? A brief guide to the month of Elul, and a message of encouragement for all who seek closeness to the Holy One, blessed be He. Please click here.
Parashat HashavuaThe power of positive thinking: When we prepare for war, as described in this week's parasha, or for any challenge in life, are we focused on the task before us? Are we transmitting positivity? The spiritual force field that we create around ourselves will effect our ability, and the abilities of others around us, to attain our goals. Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Shoftim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9).
Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
  Yitzchak Reuven
  The Temple Institute 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Is it safe to read PCG literature?

As a former member of the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG), some have asked what I think about their literature, their Philadelphia Trumpet magazine and their pastor general Gerald Flurry.

I would prayerfully read the Philadelphia Church of God (PCG) literature with a grain of salt, like all religious literature in light of the Word of God, gleaning from it, but would avoid their organization like the plague since they’re too cultist with egomaniac Gerald Flurry.

Check out Living Church of God or United Church of God. Here's also a list of Church of God Web Site Links (for better and for worse).

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Born Again: It's Far Greater Than Most Imagine!

1 Corinthians 2 
9 But as it is written:

      “ Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
      Nor have entered into the heart of man
      The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.

Born Again: The Kingdom of God!
GOD IS REPRODUCING HIMSELF! That's the glorious Good News that Jesus boldly proclaimed! The Gospel of the KINGDOM OF GOD announces the GOD KINGDOM: a Spirit-Born Kingdom of God-Beings! A Royal Family that we can enter (Rev. 3:21). A Divine Family that will administer God's Government throughout the universe and eternity (Isa. 9:7; Dan. 7:18).

Born Again and Heaven and Hell
Yeshua said that which is born of the flesh is flesh (like we are now in this life), but that which is born of the Spirit IS SPIRIT. He also said you can't even see or enter into that Kingdom of God unless you're born again...

Sneak Preview of the Kingdom of God
If I may, as God is my Witness and Judge, when I was only 17 years young, God UNEXPECTEDLY gave me a VISION while I was in prayer. I was within that vision as a glorified Spirit-Being, whiter than glistening snow and like a brilliant white cloud with the sun shining on it, appearing smooth, dressed in a white robe - even my hair was that brilliant white - holding a Book in my hands and teaching two flesh and blood mortals who were sitting on the ground, in an outdoor setting like a park or meadow.)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

David Ben-Ariel refutes false accusations on Israpundit

 Christians at it again! Giant Brazilian Temple Replica Panned as 'Mockery'

DavidBenAriel says:

…ron my apologies to you but not to David Hoover (DavidBenAriel) who failed attempting to blow up the Dome of the Rock and was caught and kicked out of Israel and banned from returning. Failure has it’s price. -Yamit

Yamit, the failure is all your own. Why do you refuse to let the plain truth set you free? Why did you fail to document what you hatefully allege? Put up or shut up. I love Jerusalem, Jews and Israel, despite ignorant and prejudiced people like you (not representative of Jews or Israelis), and corrupt Israeli officials. Zion shall be redeemed with justice.

The Israeli police knew they didn’t have a shred of evidence against me other than some hateful letter filled with false accusations that misled them.

I was born David A. Hoover. However, I legally changed my name to David Ben-Ariel (with the help of my Jewish lawyer) during the Spring of 1989, as related in God-given names (otherwise you wouldn’t know about my former name).

Furthermore, this Christian Zionist doesn’t believe in the trinity, keeps Sabbath rather than Sunday, the biblical festivals (not holidays of pagan origin), the dietary laws, etc.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The Holy Temple Defiled

The G-d of Israel chose Jerusalem as the place where His presence would dwell, and commanded Israel to build there a Holy Temple. Building an architectural replica of the Holy Temple anywhere else on earth is a deliberate perversion of G-d's will, and using that replica to worship anything other than the G-d of Israel is an affront to the G-d of Israel and a usurpation of what is His.

The Third Temple is the concern of all nations, as it will be called a House of Prayer for ALL Nations – not just Jews or British-Israelites. If some professing Christians choose to waste their money on a counterfeit temple, it’s as much their business as those foolish Jews who call their places of worship “temples.” I encourage all to send their money to Jerusalem and spend it wisely, offering it to the Temple Mount Faithful and the Temple Institute.

Most Israelites aren't Jews!

Feedback from Tom:

Reading your last commentary [The Triumph Of Jewish Survival] has reminded me you are a complete moron. You think America and England are Jews? LOL. You fool, read history, in fact, read the Bible. Your actions will come to bear you out when stand before Him. Think before you do.

You have been fooled to think this, you need to get on your knees and ask God to show this to you. There is just too much information on this matter. Nothing else to say about this.

Response to Tom:

How foolish you appear since you still don't recognize the difference between Jews (Judah) and Israel (the "lost 10 Tribes). Such ignorance is inexcusable. Satan hates this plain truth and works hard to keep folks in the dark. God knows I'm doing what I can to help spread the light about how God is faithful to Joseph and Judah and can also be trusted for His other prophecies to come true.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Place which HaShem your G-d Shall Choose

"The place which HaShem your G-d shall choose from all your tribes, to set His Name there."
(Deuteronomy 11:5)
Av 26, 5770/August 6, 2010

As Moshe rabbenu, (Moses our master), continues to teach the children of Israel about the land that awaits them on the other side of the Jordan, he begins to introduce a phrase which he will be repeating frequently, "The place which HaShem your G-d shall choose." (ibid) Of course, he is referring to Jerusalem and the place of the Holy Temple. Why does not G-d, (through Moshe), just say Jerusalem? Or Mount Moriah? Why the obfuscation? Is G-d being coy? No doubt G-d knew exactly the location of the "Place that He would choose," so why didn't He share this information with Israel? Concerning all the other commandments His instructions are quite clear. What makes G-d's choice for the site of His abode on earth any different?
Some sages have alluded to the "geo-political" situation that existed in Israel at the time. Had G-d made His choice known, before Israel even entered the land, her enemies might have built a stronghold around Jerusalem to keep her out. The price Israel would have to pay to gain control of Jerusalem and Mount Moriah would have been great, perhaps to great to bear. Certainly we can relate to the constraints of the geo-political realities surrounding the Temple Mount today. But G-d didn't hide His intentions to liberate Israel from Egyptian bondage, nor did He choose appeasement at the Sea of Reeds.
There may be two other messages informing G-d's decision to refrain, for the time, from explicitly designating Jerusalem as the site of His choice from which His Divine presence, the Shechinah, will emanate forth, to the four corners of the earth. Mount Moriah, the very spot upon which Avraham bound his son Yitzchak; the field, some years later, in which Yitzchak was praying when Rivkah, (Rebecca), his chosen bride arrived; the parcel of earth upon which Yaakov laid down his head to rest and dream of a ladder to heaven, and, according to Midrash, the place from which the earth was taken to form Adam the first man, and from which he later made an offering to G-d, is truly no ordinary place. Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, is this single point in G-d's entire creation where primordial time and space, the material and the spiritual, the natural world and the supernatural, all intersect. It is the cosmic lodestone to which all reality must bend, the point in which all truth is rooted. The process of discovering such a location in the vast universe involves more than a map and a set of directions. No global positioning or satellite imaging can lock its coordinates into a place of this description.
And this leads to the second message intrinsically bound in G-d's choice to leave Jerusalem unnamed for the time. This discovery of Jerusalem is the discovery of the heart. When Avraham was instructed to go to the land of Moriah, he was told by G-d to ascend "on one of the mountains, of which I will tell you," (Genesis 22:2) he was being commanded by G-d to discover the place on his own, according to the truth he bore in his heart. Now G-d is instructing Israel, through Moshe, to do the same. To make the journey through space and time and the soul and to trust that the truth of Torah that they possessed in their hearts would lead them to the Truth of Truths, to the heart of Truth, the source to which all truth leads, to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the Holy Temple.
All nations are blessed with their own glimpses into the Divine via the grandeur of creation which is a constant testimony to the greatness of G-d. The nations encompassing the Arctic Circle have the Northern Lights to declare the glory of G-d. Tibet is possessor of the lofty Himalayans. Brazil is blessed with the mighty waters of the Amazon and the life giving abundance of the rain forests. Israel, and only Israel, is the place in which G-d chose to house His innermost Divine presence, and to require of man to build for Him a Sanctuary, the He may dwell amongst us. Are we ready to rediscover Jerusalem in our hearts?

Temple TalkTune in to this week's Temple Talk with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven, as they take on the parshat Re’eh, challenge to “see” the difference between the blessing of listening to Hashem’s commandments, and the curse of ignoring them. The Torah makes it clear that the fate of our presence in the Land of Israel is hanging in the balance of this decision… a decision we all must make, both as individuals and as a nation. The Rabbi and Yitzchak opine that this is exactly what is happening moment by moment today in Israel, as our people are caught in the middle of this struggle for identity, even while G-d urges us to make the right choice. The sanctity of the Land of Israel is above the muck of political correctness and democratic values. The show concludes with a contemporary tale of chutzpa, idolatry and the expropriation of Judaism.

The Holy Temple DefiledThe Rape of the Holy Temple: Everyone knows that the Holy Temple was twice destroyed on Tisha B’Av. But this year, we read of attempts that were already underway to destroy the Third Temple – even before it is built. As the New York Times reported (July 22nd), "This week, as Jews around the world observed the fasting day of Tisha B'av, commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Jewish Temples in ancient Jerusalem, a Brazilian megachurch received planning permission to build a 10,000-seat replica of Solomon’s Temple in the city of São Paulo."
"If the nations of the world would have only known what blessings the Holy Temple brings to them," states the Midrash, "they would not have destroyed it... they would have protected it so that it would never be destroyed." But alas, as the old saying goes, those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Today, the nations of the world have delegitimized Israel's connection to Jerusalem, so the next logical step would be... to delegitimize the significance of Jerusalem altogether. But the essence of Jerusalem is the presence of G-d, and that’s not something that can simply be usurped and transplanted elsewhere. You can’t copycat the Shechina glory of G-d. But it’s an oft-repeated historical theme… ever since Israel’s inception as a people, the nations, declaring their contempt for the G-d of Israel, have unabashedly taken the G-d-given blessings the Jews have bequeathed the world, and then proceed to morph these blessings into whatever suits their own self-serving agenda and purpose.
Click here to view the Temple Institute’s video response to Brazil’s Universal Church of the Kingdom of God’s plans to build a $200 million mockery of the Holy Temple – a monument to megalomania which stands in diametric opposition to everything that the Holy Temple of Jerusalem stands for – in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Patient KingToday also features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "The Patient King: G-d gives us life, and animates our very souls, and yet, when we rebel against Him by straying from the path and the harmony that He has set out for the entire world, He, in His long-suffering patience, bears our affront and continues to bless us with His great benevolence. It is incumbent upon each of us to emulate this G-dly attribute, and show great patience and forbearance toward others." Click here to view.

Parashat HashavuaG-d commands us not to be overwhelmed by our own mortality; not to diminish our physical selves in the realization of our own finiteness, but to find strength and comfort in His eternal embrace: "You are children of the L-rd, your G-d." (Deut. 14:1) Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17).

Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
  Yitzchak Reuven
  The Temple Institute

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The Triumph Of Jewish Survival

The Triumph Of Jewish Survival
God promised to preserve all Twelve Tribes of Israel throughout the generations because of His love for Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - not because of our righteousness. Furthermore, not all 12 Tribes are Jewish - most aren't Jewish. The prophecies concerning Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh are fulfilled in the British-Israelites - the British Commonwealth and the United States.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Help us reach 100,000 on the Temple Mount Petition

Dear friends,
Thank you for already reading and signing the petition for the Temple Mount. Here is an update on the situation. A few months ago a historic debate was held in the Knesset Law Committee to decide if hearings should be held on the issue of Jewish ascent. Despite false testimony by a representative of the Minister of Internal Security, a vote to hold the Temple Mount hearings passed by a vote of 12-0 along with 1 abstention. However the head of the Law Committee MK David Rotem of Yisrael Beitenu is stalling the hearings for political reasons. In addition the Israeli Police are again allowing large scale illegal digging on the Mount.

Friends, now is the time to act! The Knesset is on summer break and will resume in 3 months. This gives us time to rally the world Jewry and all those who love justices and mercy for the sake of the Temple Mount. We have an historic opportunity to return Jewish Prayer to the Temple Mount; we have an historic opportunity to turn the Mount as is written in Isaiah 56:7 into “A House of Prayer for all Nations”. Where all Nations can find a common spiritual ground and stand as one before He whose Name is One. Maybe this place can help bring a little peace and tranquility to an increasing volatile world.

Please urge all your friends and family to sign the petition for Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount and help insure that all humanity can come together and pray together. Post the petition on blogs, websites, twitter, facebook and send via email! I have spoken to Knesset Members and they want to hear your voice! They want to be empowered and emboldened to take the courageous steps that are needed to make this dream a reality. Today Knesset Member Danny Danon stated in a interview on Temple Talk, that he needs this groundswell of support! Help us reach an ambitious goal of 100,000 on the petition! At this time nearly 5,000 have signed, if everyone brings another 20 we can easily reach the goal and even more!  Check the petition homepage for more actions in the coming weeks and months! 

A Good Land

"For HaShem your G-d is bringing you to a good land..."

(Deuteronomy 8:7)
Av 18, 5770/July 29, 2010

Moshe rabbenu, (Moses our master), in this week's Torah reading, (Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25), continues to prepare the children of Israel for their entrance into the promised land. He delivers on G-d's behalf a security guarantee, stating that Israel will vanquish all her enemies, even though they are certainly more numerous than her, and appear to be menacing and formidable. But this ironclad guarantee is contingent upon one essential thing: Israel must perform all the commandments she received while in Sinai. In addition, Moshe informs them, all the daily miracles that G-d performed for them in the wilderness are about to cease, the manna from heaven, the clothes that neither tore, nor frayed, nor wore thin throughout forty years on the road, and even the Divine protection granted to the very feet upon which they walked the desert, which never grew swollen or raw; not a blister was raised, not a toe was stubbed. (ibid 8:3-4) But now, from the moment they cross the Jordan and set their feet upon the dry land west of the river, all that would end, at once and forever.
Is this really a step up, or is it a step down? It almost appears as if G-d plans to distance Himself, (G-d forbid), from the very children He brought forth out of Egypt. In truth it is a great step up, or what we might call today, a step up to the plate. For now, having weathered forty years in the desert wasteland, ("I remember to you the lovingkindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me in the desert, in a land not sown" Jeremiah 2:2), Israel has finally reached the age of responsibility. What greater gift could G-d possibly bestow upon His people, but to enable them to be in charge of their own destiny, to make their own way in the world, to fend for themselves? This is the true beauty of the land of Israel. This is what imbues the rivers and valleys of Israel with their grandeur, the mountains with their majesty, and the fields of grain with their great bounty. This is what grants the fig trees of Israel their sweetness, and the grape vines their precious nectar.
As opposed to the ethereal world of the desert, through which G-d carried His young nation as a parent cradles in his arms his young child, the land of Israel is the land of action, the land of this world. And in this world we are blessed with the opportunity to do and to build ourselves, our families, our communities and our nation. Of course, Moshe stresses, time and time again, all this bounty and all this blessing is contingent upon Israel's keeping G-d's commandments. For the entire purpose of the entire 613 commandments received at Sinai is that they be performed in the land of Israel. Israel is the arena, the only staging ground from which all the commandments can be carried out. From tithing our fruits to keeping the sabbatical year, to building the Holy Temple, Torah is plentiful with commandments that are applicable only in the land of Israel. Sages of Israel throughout the ages have stressed that the keeping of the commandments outside of the land of Israel is but a dry run for the real thing, keeping them within the land of Israel.
In the land of Israel we are promised that if we do keep G-d's commandments, both those that are to be kept between man and his fellow man, and those between man and G-d, then we will be blessed with abundant blessings. But it is rain falling down from heaven G-d promises, not manna, and not even the Holy Temple, which like all our other responsibilities in the land of Israel, is to be built from the ground up, aspiring to heaven, even as we provide for G-d His chief desire, to dwell amongst His children in this world. It is in the light of this spiritual proximity that the following verse not only describes an awe-inspiring reality, but beckons us, speaking to the deepest depths of our hearts and souls, which yearn for G-d's closeness, to enable G-d to take up residence once again, here in the land of Israel:
"But the land, to which you pass to possess, is a land of mountains and valleys and absorbs water from the rains of heaven, a land HaShem, your G-d, looks after; the eyes of HaShem your G-d are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year." (ibid 11:11-12)
Temple TalkTune in to this week's Temple Talk with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven, as Rabbi Richman celebrates the 28th anniversary of his aliya to the Land of Israel, in the light of this week's Torah reading of Eikev's resplendent paean to the promised land. The Rabbi and Yitzchak wax eloquent and deliver a passionate plea – peppered with some begging, cajoling, and intimidation – to Diaspora Jewry: Let the words of this week’s parasha enter into your heart! Come home to Israel to live the lives that G-d intended for His people!
Temple Talk Exclusive: An inspiring interview with Knesset Member Dany Danon, leader of the World Likud organization and outspoken advocate of Jewish rights and religious freedom and equality for all on the Temple Mount. Knesset Member Danon talks about his visit to the Temple Mount this past Tisha B’Av, and his plans to challenge the current discriminatory practices employed by the police against Jewish religious visitors to the holy site. Dany Danon shows himself to be a truly dedicated leader who is deeply connected to the vision of Israel’s redemption.
This is an opportune time to remind all who care about the integrity of the Temple Mount about the online petition begun some months ago with the purpose of attaining no less than 10,000 signatures, to be presented the Knesset members and the Prime Minister, calling for the inclusion of the Temple Mount in the Prime Minster's Heritage Site Plan. We still have many signatures to go, and your signature can help us to put the heart of the nation of Israel back on top of the national agenda. Click here to sign the petition.
The 15th of AvThis week features the new Bat Melech video teaching with Rabbanit Rena Richman, entitled, "The 15th of Av: A Day of Joy: On this day, forty days before the creation of man, G-d determined man's destiny in this world. Knowing our purpose, as individuals, as a nation, and as humankind, is a reason for sublime joy and happiness." Click here to view.
The Palm Tree of DeborahToday also features the new Light to the Nations teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman, entitled, "The Palm Tree of Deborah: Rabbi Richman introduces a new teaching series based on the teaching of the great kabbalist known as the RAMAK, (Rabbi Moshe Kordovero). We serve G-d not only through study and the performance of commandments, but also by constantly striving to improve and perfect our own moral and spiritual character." Click here to view.

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Parashat HashavuaMoshe prepares the people for entering the land of Israel. They will need to take up arms in order to conquer the land, and they will need to take up their plowshares in order to settle and cultivate the land. But ultimately, in order to set down roots both deep and unassailable, they will need to perform the commandments that G-d commanded them. The same is every bit as true today. It is Torah that weds us to the land of Israel. Click here to view Rabbi Richman's short teaching on parashat Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25).
Blessings from the holy city of Jerusalem,
  Yitzchak Reuven

  The Temple Institute


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