Monday, July 15, 2013
AISH HATORAH, THE TEMPLE AND 9th AV
If location, location and location are the three most important points in real estate, then Aish HaTorah’s Jerusalem World Center must have the world’s most prime spot.
Situated opposite the Kotel, the Western Wall, the remaining wall of the Temple which stood closest to the Holy of Holies of the Temple, this beautiful new building is put to tremendous use.
Anyone, male, female, young, mature, from anywhere in the world is invited to drop in and join a class or two, or three of the constantly ongoing ‘Essentials’ program, just to get a taste of their Jewish heritage. No prior booking is needed.
Entrance is from the Jewish Quarter, off Misgav Ledach street and the classes take place on this entrance floor.
You don’t even have to take a class, you can just walk in and sit down and relax in the beautiful a/c rooms.
You can also take the opportunity to watch some of the videos of the teachings of Aish’s dean and founder, Rabbi Noah Weinberg who passed away in 2009 a short time before the opening of the new center. Thousands of young Jews owe their Jewish identities to Rabbi Weinberg who gave his entire life to helping Jewish kids ( and not so kids) realize what pleasure, fun, inner peace and excitement they were missing by not learning about their Jewish heritage.
Look up and savor the incredible glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, the most successful and talented glass artist in the world. Entitled, “Fire and Water,” the multi-dimensional, two-story-tall sculpture encompasses the name of Aish HaTorah ( Fire of the Torah)
If you go up to the roof, apart from a breathtaking panoramic view of Jerusalem , the Kotel
and the surrounding hills such as Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus …
there is also a 1.2-ton model of the Holy Temple .
It is constructed at a scale of 1:60, built with authentic materials like gold, silver, wood and Jerusalem stone.
As we approach the Fast of the 9th of Av, the date of the destruction of both of our Holy Temples, there couldn’t be a better time to decide to learn what it is we are mourning and missing.
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