Dear Aish Family,

Rabbi-Steven-BurgIt has been a busy Succos holiday in Jerusalem. We have welcomed so many of our friends from around the world at the Aish HaTorah Dan Family World Center, who have come to be in Israel for Succos. We also had a full to capacity crowd at our annual Birkat Cohanim fundraiser.

Every year at the Western Wall one morning is designated for a mass blessing from those Jews who are descended from Aaron, Moses’s brother, who was the first Cohein Gadol (High Priest). These Jews who we refer to as Cohanim traditionally served in the Temple when it was functional. As Jews, we pray every day for the building of the Third Temple in which these designated Cohanim will serve the Almighty.


keystone kotel b4 beggersIt struck me that the ritual this year gained added importance due to the resolution from UNESCO rejecting the Jewish connection to the Temple mount and the Western Wall. For three thousand years Jews have poured out their heart at this spot. That seemingly is not enough of a connection to satisfy the UN.

Our pledge at Aish HaTorah is to make sure that our traditions will continue to be upheld and studied at this holy spot. The Jews have always been the most peaceful of nations and we will continue to spread love and build spiritual bridges throughout the world. Concurrently, we will continue to hold on to the home of our Patriarchs and our Matriarchs.


I am proud that Aish has been working on a project that will deliver this message to millions of people around the world. The Aish HaTorah Western Wall Experience will be an experiential journey throughout Jewish History. It will bring Jewish values to life. The opening multimedia experience will be a conversation with Abraham, taking place three thousand years ago, from the mountaintop that would eventually become the Temple Mount. You can find out more information at I invite all of you to partner on this timely and important project.

Best wishes for a joyous Succos holiday and good Shabbos!

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