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Retaking the Temple Mount: An Unexpected Way

Retaking the Temple Mount: An Unexpected Way

Going up to the Temple Mount is, for me, an exhilarating and spiritually uplifting experience. I sense the holiness, the ineffable power of this holy site. I close my eyes, and I can see my forefathers and foremothers walking in this very...

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Why do we Light Up an Empty Room with the Menorah?

Why do we Light Up an Empty Room with the Menorah?

I often find myself walking around my house, turning off lights in empty rooms. Why waste electricity if there is no one there to benefit from it? Interestingly, a similar question arose thousands of years ago, in the Temple itself! In...

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Hiram: The pagan who built Solomon’s Temple

Hiram: The pagan who built Solomon’s Temple

Every Shabbat, after the Torah is read in the synagogue, an additional reading is made which is taken from the Prophets. This reading is called the haftarah and is thematically linked to the Torah reading. When the Torah portion of...

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The Holy Half-Shekel

The Holy Half-Shekel

In the beginning of the Torah portion of Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35), God commands the Children of Israel to take a census by collecting a silver half-shekel from every male over the age of 20. Every year, each Jewish male over the age...

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The Enigmatic Breastplate

The Enigmatic Breastplate

Perhaps the most enigmatic element of the clothing of the High Priest was the breastplate, known in Hebrew as the choshen, which was attached to the ephod, or apron, of the High Priest. Made of cloth (wool dyed blue, purple, and crimson)...

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