This week features:
Don’t Tread on Me!
In praise of the Land of Israel
The month of Av has a split personality. Although the ninth day, Tisha B’Av, marks the climax of our mourning period for the Holy Temple, the month begins to literally turn around in the middle with the joyous minor holiday of Tu B’Av. The remainder of the month of Av begins the preparation for Elul and the High Holy Days. This week on Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman examine the significance of this elusive cycle of time, as well as the special messages of this week’s Torah portion of Ekev. What are the commandments that people have a tendency to ‘trample underfoot’, and why? What is the connection between the Land of Israel, growing global antisemitism, and a bottle of coca-cola? And now that Tisha B’Av is behind us, we ask: Are we truly moving closer to the building of the Holy Temple?
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