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Rabbi Arthur Segal’s love of people, humanity, and Judaism has him sharing with others “The Wisdom of the Ages” that has been passed on to him. His writings for modern Jews offer Spiritual, Ethical, and eco-Judaic lessons in plain English and with relevance to contemporary lifestyles. He is the author of countless articles, editorials, letters, and blog posts, and he has recently published two books:

The Handbook to Jewish Spiritual Renewal: A Path of Transformation for the Modern Jew

and

A Spiritual and Ethical Compendium to the Torah and Talmud

You can learn more about these books at:

www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: BLUFFTON SUN: BARIATA: LEONTOPOLIS EGYPT TEMPLE 165 BCE

RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: BLUFFTON SUN: BARIATA: LEONTOPOLIS EGYPT TEMPLE 165 BCE
 

Shalom and Peace:

We will continue our search of international Jewish communities who have found interesting ways to survive, by again being in Egypt, at the Leontopolis Temple, on the Nile, 6 miles north of today's Cairo. It is mentioned in the Talmud and by Josephus. The site was discovered in 1906. It dates to the 165 BCE Judean Maccabean revolt and civil war against Greek Syria and fellow Hellenized (Westernized Reformed) Hebrews.  A  Hebrew settlement was founded in Leontopolis, Egypt by Judean farmers and soldiers, led by high priest Onias IV, after the outbreak of the revolt, with the approval and invitation of Ptolemy IV and his wife/sister Cleopatra of Egypt. At the time Egypt and Syria were enemies, with Judea stuck between.    The Jewish soldiers were important in the military and political scenario of Egypt, and the area was named "the land of Onias." Onias erected a Temple to the Hebrew God with himself as High Priest conducting sacrifices. This temple served the Hebrews of the region for more than 240 years until it was closed down by the Romans in 73 CE.  It is today known as Tell al-Yahūdiyya  (Jew's Hill). Josephus says this Temple was similar to Jerusalem's and was fortress-like with 30 meter high walls. Onais' Hebrew name was Honiah IV, son of the high priest Shimon. He was ousted by Jason Alcimus for this role. Jason was a Hellenized Hebrew in league with the Syrians, which was one of the reasons for the Maccabean war.

The Talmudic rabbis gave the Leontopolis Temple legitimacy. Its high priest was a traditional Cohan, and it fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy of:  "In that day there shall be at altar to the Lord in the midst Egypt.' (Is. 19:19)". It existed while the Jerusalem Temple functioned. Unlike the Jerusalem priests trying to close the Elephantine Temple, no action was taken against Onais' Temple.  Roman emperor Vespasian, afraid that Egypt would become a new center of Jewish rebellion after he conquered Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple in 70 CE, ordered the governor of Egypt to demolish and strip Leontopolis.  Governor Paulinus did so in August 73 CE, three years after the Romans destroyed the Jerusalem Temple. Ironically the Rabbinic Jewish Synagogue in Alexandria was more popular than Onais' Hebrew Temple (pictured).

Rabbi Arthur Segal is an international lecturer, author, and teacher. Visit him at www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.org   . Email at RabbiASegal@aol.com .

 
 

JEWISH WEDDINGS

 

JEWISH WEDDINGS OFFICIATED BY RABBI ARTHUR SEGAL: TRADITIONAL, INTERFAITH, CO-OFFICIANT, DESTINATION

"One of the Joys of being a Rabbi," says Rabbi Arthur Segal," is working closely with the bride and groom and officiating at their wedding." He can do this with couples living near by or with couples having a destination wedding in the greater beautiful Hilton Head Island area.

Rabbi Arthur Segal helps develop a custom ceremony with the couple so that each word in the ceremony rings true to them. His ceremonies can range from the very traditional to what ever the couples desires. Rabbi opines that this is the couple's special day, and to treat each wedding as unique.

For those who are having an interfaith wedding, Rabbi takes special care to respect both traditions, again with total input from the couple. He will be pleased to co-officiate at weddings, using non-Trinitarian language.

Rabbi Arthur Segal also will do recommitment marriage ceremonies with the same care as he does weddings.

Rabbi will work closely with the wedding planer and/or caterer to make sure the wedding is seamless, and the bride and groom can totally enjoy themselves on their special day.

Rabbi Arthur Segal is available, and actually prefers, to be at the rehearsal, to ensure all is going smoothly, and to get to know the bridal party, and family, before the actual wedding day.

For those that wish to have a Ketubah, rabbi will work closely to make sure everyone's name has correct calligraphy on the document, in English and Hebrew, so the signing ceremony is flawless.

For a beautiful gallery of Ketubahs go to JudaicConnection.com  (My couples receive a $15 shipping discount)

Rabbi Arthur Segal tries to limit his weddings to Hilton Head, SC, Bluffton, SC, Palmetto Bluff, SC, Savannah, GA, and Charleston, SC, but has been known to make himself available elsewhere, even out of the USA. He will also conduct weddings and recommitment ceremonies on cruise ships.

In keeping with Jewish ethics, if the couple resides in Rabbi Arthur Segal's town, Rabbi will ask, unless there are some special circumstances, if the couple has first asked the local pulpit rabbi to officiate.

 
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Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA
 
RABBI DR ARTHUR SEGAL www.JewishSpiritualRenewal.com/books www.FaceBook.com/Arthur.L.Segal www.FaceBook.com/RabbiArthurSegalJewishSpiritualRenewal www.RabbiArthurSegal.blogspot.com
Jewish Spiritual Renewal
Jewish Renewal
Jewish Spirituality
Hilton Head Island, SC; Bluffton, SC; Savannah, GA