This week features:
The Ghost Month of Adar I: Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun
Parashat Terumah and the Temple Institute: Bringing the Holy Temple Down to Earth
As the month of Shevat draws to a close, we prepare to welcome the month of Adar, that especially auspicious, ‘lucky’ month. But this year there are two Adars! Are we twice as lucky? This year features the ‘extra’ month of Adar I, an usual phenomena of time on the Hebrew leap year calendar that’s hard to pin down. In this week’s edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman re-define this month as a special, Divinely-appointed opportunity to pack in some ‘extra’ fixing and refinement. Since refinement and re-definition is on our national agenda, what better time to begin reading the Torah portions that deal with the establishment of the Tabernacle and its vessels, the precursor of the Holy Temple and its service. This week we read the portion of Terumah, and from this point on, the Tabernacle/Temple will be the central theme of our Torah readings. But just how seriously do we regard the Torah’s instructions to “Build for Me a Sanctuary, that I will Dwell Among You” (Ex. 25:8)? Our hosts refine and re-define, delving the depths of the meaning of this commandment in a special focus on the work of the Temple Institute in preparing for the resumption of the Divine service in our time.