Saturday, October 16, 2004
In Tiberias today, there was a unique ceremony held. The launching of a Sanhedrin, the highest Jewish-legal tribunal in Israel. This is only the second time a Sanhedrin was launched in the last 1,600 years. If you've studied prophesy, this will be of great interest to you. If you haven't studied prophesy, you can use it as a learn-as-you-go experience. At any rate, this ceremony will convene 71 rabbis who have received special rabbinic ordination as specified by Maimonides.
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis. He told Arutz-7 today, "Whether this will be the actual Sanhedrin that we await, is a question of time - just like the establishment of the State; we rejoiced in it, but we are still awaiting something much more ideal. It's a process. Today's ceremony is really the continuation of the renewal of the Ordination process in Israel, which we marked several months ago. Our Talmudic Sages describe the ten stages of exile of the Sanhedrin from Jerusalem to other locations, until it ended in Tiberias - and this is the place where it was foretold that it would be renewed, and from here it will be relocated to Jerusalem."That reminds me, I wonder how that red heifer is coming along? I haven't heard much about it since it was born.
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