by Joel Rich
Mikdash and Memory
A Tale of Jewish Love and Longing
A Video Series with Straus Center Director Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik
1-Mikdash and Memory: The Temple vs. the Pantheon
Our continued attachment to every detail of the beit mikdash represents our longing for its eventual rebuilding.
7-Mikdash and Memory – Pesach: 70 CE and 1948
For a long time I’ve said PM (and Rosh Betar) Menachem Begin was koneh olamo by resisting civil war, especially after the sinking of the Altalena. This was also one of the lessons of the churban.
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2-Mikdash and Memory: Three Soldiers at the Wall
The 1967 picture of the three paratroopers at the kotel is reflective of our humility, and our roles, in the face of Jewish destiny. They each represented different communities and the need for all of us to pull together.
3-Mikdash and Memory: The Sound of Silence
The kohain gadol was silent in the kodshei kadashim while he had an intimate connection with HKB”H. He then quickly went back out to people. This is a model for us as well (e pluribus unum?) (me-Do we agree that the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls?)
5-Mikdash and Memory: The Davidic Secret of the Temple
While Herod’s temple extension was physically beautiful, David/Shlomo’s original kedusha is what lasts.
6-Mikdash and Memory: The Mystical Magnetism of the Ark of the Covenant
The unique magnetic field properties caused by the fire of the churban reflect the unique eternal relationship of HKB”H and the Jewish people.
4-Mikdash and Memory: Isaac, the Akeidah, and Us
The lesson of the akeidah (and the mitzvah of pidyon habein) is that parental responsibility is part of a sacred trust in maintaining the mesora chain.