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The Cult of Death vs. the Celebration of Life

The Torah exhorts us to 'see' the difference between a life of blessing or conversely, that of curse. The choice, as usual, is ours.
By Israel National Radio staff
First Publish: 8/16/2012, 2:35 PM

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INR staff

The last edition of the Temple Talk podcast for this closing month of Menachem Av focuses on the confluence of the headlines with the themes of this week's Torah portion, parashat Re'eh. The Torah exhorts us to 'see' the difference between a life of blessing or conversely, that of curse. The choice, as usual, is ours...and we also choose our fate: how we succeed both as individuals and as a nation, how the other nations perceive us, whether or not we will be going to war -- all is connected to the introduction we receive in this week's parasha to "the Place that I will Choose."

Show hosts Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute, together with all of Am Yisrael, also choose that place. Unfortunately, not only are Jews disallowed from praying there for fear of inciting the Muslims -- but now even the immortal, historic words "The Temple Mount is in Our Hands" have been deemed illegal! Which way are we heading? Only the coming month of Elul, the special time of spiritual reckoning and re-calibration, knows for sure...

To listen to the entire podcast click here.

Rabbi Chaim Richman is the international director of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem which is dedicated to rebuilding the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash). He is a member of the current effort to revive the Sanhedrin and the author of ten books including Mystery of the Red Heifer and A House of Prayer for All Nations.

Yitzchak Reuven works at the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. He previously worked building Biblical harps and other musical instruments for use in the Holy Temple. He and Rabbi Chaim Richman have been friends since their Israeli army days. They host the Temple Talk podcast dealing with issues of the Temple Mount and the weekly Torah parsha every Tuesday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Israel time (1pm U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio.