Like ... *AGAIN*
We're really over mourning for the Temple and we're mourning for all the reasons why Am Yisrael isn't building the Temple yet - and all of those reasons are located deep within our own selves, inside our own psyches, our own emotional and cultural and visceral and plain old gashmius selves that resists letting go of comfort and complacency.
It isn't about our "enemies." It's about OURSELVES.
"I know we've come a long way
We're changing day by day
But tell me, where do the children play?"
- Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)
This video by our very own beloved Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute answers that question.
Where do the children play?
At the Holy Temple, of course!
As for us, we're missing music.
As Lorelai wrote earlier on Facebook:
It should only be that all of us should be singing with the voice and the soul and the words our Creator gave us as gifts - gifts to give back to Him in reflection of His generous and bountiful goodness to you for merely allowing you to exist, gifts to give our fellow humans that reflect their higher selves, and gifts to ourselves for the nourishment of our soul as we delight ourselves in music, rhythm and song - AT THE HOLY TEMPLE, it should be rebuilt speedily, preferably before Shabbos so we can extend Third Meal into the mega-celebration of all time on Har HaBayet. Let's go, yallah!
If Moshiach doesn't come before Shabbos, we'll continue our all-Torah, all-Talk programming (sprinkled with A Capella songs of all different sorts) with Shiurim from Rabbi Chaim Richman, Rav Avraham Sutton, Rabbi David Aaron, Rabbi Benzion Eliyahu Lehrer, Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, Rabbi Yacov Shapiro, Rav Betzalel Philip Edwards, Rabbi Chaim Clorfene, Rabbi Dror Moshe Casoutto, and more.
We're also re-broadcasting compelling non-musical interviews we've done recently with renown vocal coach Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman, Aromatherapist Avraham Sand, the Diaspora Yeshiva's Rabbi Yitzchak Goldstein on the subject of Shita, reflections on Reb Shlomo by a world-wide host of chevre, and more.
Shabbos is coming. Thank G*d.
Moetzi Shabbos it begins - our Tisha b'Av programming. Live from Undisclosed Studio A in VERY "Outer Nachlaot" - Tzfat.
You can hang with us on the radio during Tisha b'Av, we'll be broadcasting an Eicha reading recorded at the Mayanot Shul in Jerusalem last year, followed by a whole lot of great Torah, followed by (at night when we throw the stream up to Undisclosed Studio B in Jerusalem) Woodstock - the entire soundtrack OR we'll meet you on Har HaBayet for a LIVE broadcast!
"Well shake it up now, Sugaree
I'll meet you at the Jubilee
And if that Jubilee don't come
Maybe I'll meet you on the run ..."