Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rabbi Moshe D. Tendler on the Temple Mount

Rabbi Moshe Tendler is one of Modern Orthodox's outstanding Rabbis - son-in-law of Rav Moshe Feinstein z"l, a scientist and scholar.

He also ascends the Temple Mount and here is a clip of his January 19th visit:

At 6 minutes, you see Guma Aguair.

To learn more about the Holy Temple and the Temple Mount: here.

To view additional Temple Institute video teachings: here.



During the rise of modern nationalism, more and more Jews began to demand a physical venue that would unite the scattered segments of the Jewish people. The first to advocate this was Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer who, in the mid-19th century, in "Drishat Zion" ("Seeking Zion"), calls for Jewish immigration to Palestine and the renewal of animal sacrifices on the Temple Mount. For Kalischer, renewing such sacrifices would not be an empty ritual, but rather a dramatic articulation of both the shekhina's return to Zion and the revival of an independent Jewish entity in the Jewish national home. Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook amplifies this concept with his vision of the redemption.

...In her "Berl: The Biography of a Socialist Zionist, Berl Katznelson, 1887-1944," Israeli historian Prof. Anita Shapira, of Tel Aviv University, describes the emotional distance that separated the members of the Second Aliyah to Palestine (the wave of immigration between 1904 and 1914) from Jerusalem: "Apparently, the members of the Second Aliyah hesitated to display 'reactionary' sentiments toward a city that had been sanctified by Jewish tradition." This attitude toward Jerusalem has not remained the exclusive "province" of the Second Aliyah. Indeed, some of the "high priests" of liberal Israeli culture have chosen to turn their back on Jerusalem. As Amos Oz wrote 15 years ago, "In the war between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, I am on the Tel Aviv side, I am on the side of sanity, secularity and the present."

...An invisible wall has long separated the religious Zionist and liberal Zionist visions. Whereas the former dreamed of God renewing the Jewish presence in Palestine, the latter sought to replace the old with the new - to create a new Jewish nation as another expression of European culture, whether capitalist or socialist. This conflict has persisted for years.

Yet, even those who have no regard for the holy places are unwilling to part with certain elements of holiness in their daily lives. This expresses itself in two separate spheres: holiness in time and holiness in man...

...We are experiencing a rare combination of the holiness in space of the Tabernacle and Temple, and the holiness in time, with respect to the Jewish festivals...

Check here as well.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

thank you for this