This week features:
Parashat Pekudei: A Lesson in the Accountability of Our Leaders
Israel’s Peace Accords with Jordan: With Liberty & Justice for All (Except Jews)
In Parashat Pekudei, with its detailed reckonings of the final details of the tabernacle’s construction, the Torah testifies to a new reality which will be the focus of Jewish purpose and consciousness from this point onward. But as our hosts report this week, that reality has been replaced by an alternative reality – one based on lies, distortion and denial. This Shabbat is also Shabbat Shekalim, one of the four special Torah readings which precede the festival of Passover. Shabbat Shekalim is all about the preparations which the Jewish people begin during the month of Adar for the upcoming Passover pilgrimage to the Holy Temple. But in the twisted, mirror-image world of the Temple Mount today, Jewish people are treated as criminals and prevented from uttering a single word of prayer… as witnessed this past week by two great friends of Israel, Congressmen Bill Johnson (R OH) and Congressman David McKinley (R WV). Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman had the honor of guiding these gentlemen on a fact-finding tour of the Temple Mount, where the American lawmakers, “guilty by association,” were “treated like Jews” and were able to witness firsthand the Waqf’s criminal persecution of Jewish worshipers. Who is to blame for this sordid state of affairs? The Jordanian-backed Waqf, a hostile, illegal group within the sovereign State of Israel? The Israel Police? Our own Prime Minister? These questions and more are scheduled to be clarified in a special, historic Knesset meeting which will discuss the issue of official Israeli sovereignty on the holy Mount. Hear all about these crucial developments on this week’s compelling edition of Temple Talk.