This week features:
Bizarro World of the Temple Mount
New Twist: Not All Fruit are Created Equal! No Jewish Fruit on the Temple Mount!
As we read parashat Mishpatim this week, the nation of Israel is still standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, following the transcendent experience of receiving the Torah. What could be the follow-up to the heavens opening up and the sublime level of prophecy attained by every single person? Can you top this? Yes, we can… by taking that experience and turning it into the stuff of every day life… responsible human behavior steeped in Divine light. The Torah has a program, and a goal: to make this world into a place for the Divine Presence, on every level – for the individual and for society at large. The epicenter of the Divine Presence, of course, is the Temple Mount. The Jewish people and the righteous of the nations are visiting the Temple Mount in greater numbers and demanding the right to pray there. But in this week’s edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explain that a visit to the Temple Mount can be like wandering into the Twilight Zone… where undemocratic and illegal police policy and zany Waqf antics now employ new methods of discrimination… including sexual harassment and a brand-new form of anti-Antisemitism: Discrimination against Tu B’Shvat fruit! Apples and oranges may be allowed on the Temple Mount, but Jews were forbidden from bringing figs and dates to the holy site on the New Year of Trees… who knew that fruit could be a forbidden expression of Jewish identity? Plus: In a bold new move of desperation, the Waqf once again completely re-writes history! Exclusive details on Temple Talk!