Audio: Parshat Teruma & the Holy Temple Today: The Ultimate Litmus Test

"And They Shall Make For Me a Sanctuary: " G-d Asks For a Place in This World.
2/1/2011, 10:22 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Parashat Teruma! It is the raison d'etre for everything that we do at the Temple Institute. "And you shall make for Me a Sanctuary " is G-d's desire...that we let Him in to this world. Rabbi Richman, just back from his never ending journey throughout the great United States, and stranded for four days in the snows of New Jersey, now reunited with his best friend Yitzchak Reuven, shares his experiences and reflects upon the "Temple Conundrum: " Who is the Holy Temple for, anyway? So many people think it is either problematic, archaic, dangerous, or inconvenient. But those opinions are....opinions. Whatever happened to doing something for G-d? Remember Him? As Rashi so eloquently states: "For My Name's sake... "

This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TERUMAH: "They shall make an ark of acacia wood (Exodus 25:10) Aron HaBrit - The Ark of the Covenant - performs no function in the Divine service, and is approached but once a year when the Kohen Gadol - the High Priest - enters the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur - the Day of Atonement. It is the one Temple vessel that actually serves as a permanent receptacle - holding the Tablets of the Law. Yet of all the vessels described in the Torah reading of Terumah, the Ark of the Covenant remains the most compelling to the imagination. From the Ark emanates the supernal light of Torah and a reflection in this world of the perfected world and the pure light of the Garden of Eden.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman:  BUILDING THE HOLY TEMPLE,  PART VII: The Holy Temple Conundrum: Midrashic and kabbalistic literature abounds in which the Holy Temple is described in spiritual terms. These homelitical teachings do not contradict or override the Torah imperative for building a physical Holy Temple. Available Thursday, February 3.

BAT MELECH, with Rena Richman: The TEN COMMANDMENTS: THE INSIDE STORY:We are all familiar with the ten commandments, but most likely not fully aware of the depth and breadth of the spiritual message embodied in each of the ten life-instructions which are contained on the two Tablets of the Law. Available Wednesday,  February 2.

PARASHAT TERUMAH: "From every person whose heart inspires him to generosity " The Torah reading of Exodus 25:1-27:19, encapsulates the essence and the purpose of the Temple Institute. To learn why this parashah is so intrinsic to the work of the Temple Institute, please click here:

BLUEPRINTS AND COMPUTER ANIMATION OF THE SANHEDRIN CHAMBER OF HEWN STONE: The Temple Institute presents for the first time, complete and highly detailed blueprints of the Sanhedrin Assembly Hall, the Chamber of Hewn Stone, part of the Holy Temple complex itself. These plans, drawn up by a top Israeli architectural firm hired by the Temple Institute, incorporate modern technological innovation while remaining true to the specific requirements of the Sanhedrin. This short video is based on these plans.

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 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time (11 a.m. U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio. Contact Rabbi Richman at:
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