This week features:
This is How it Starts: Daring to Pray on the Temple Mount
Abraham, Rachel, and the future Temple: Fulfilling the Destiny of MarCheshvan
Just as we settle down into the “colorless” month of MarCheshvan, a month devoid of major observances, we are reminded of the courage, fortitude and selflessness of our matriarch Rachel, as the anniversary of her passing is observed this week, on the 11th day of the month. As we have learned, tradition relates that this month will ultimately host the dedication ceremony of the future Holy Temple. From what we have experienced so far this month, that can’t be too far off… as Rachel’s children have demonstrated that same courage, fortitude and selflessness, daring to challenge draconian police practices and pray publicly on the Temple Mount. And simultaneously, this month proves to be anything but dull, as we continue our weekly Torah readings in the book of Genesis and learn about the nature and mission of our patriarch Avraham, who takes on the whole world, bequeathing his spiritual and moral sensitivity and responsibility to his descendants for all time. Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman for this week’s rousing edition of Temple Talk, and hear how this year, MarCheshvan has already proven itself to be a Temple-rebuilding adventure in the making!