Audio: Nadav & Avihu: Keeping it Kosher & Making the Most of This World

The Red Heifer and Political Correctness: It Takes Modesty to Recognize Our Limitations
3/22/2011, 8:33 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
Listen Now!
Follow Israel Radio on Twitter and Facebook.
This week's Torah portion begins with the words "And it was on the eighth day... "  And this day was none other than Rosh Chodesh Nisan, the first day of the month of Nisan, soon to be upon us. What is so special about this day, that led our sages to declare that it was "decorated with ten crowns? " What is the connection between the dedication of the Tabernacle and the creation of the world?

Purim is past and Passover is just around the corner. This Shabbat, "parshat Para, " is the third "Special Shabbat " in the sequence that leads up to Passover and is dedicated to the Red Heifer. Temple Talk focuses on this mysterious precept and explores the essence of purity in an impure world.

This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHMINI: On the eighth day of the inauguration of the Tabernacle, the first day of the month of Nisan, a whole new reality overtook creation. As fire rushed down from heaven to consume the first offering placed upon the altar on this the first day of the Divine service in the Tabernacle, Nadav and Avihu, the righteous sons of Aharon the High Priest, sought eternalize the moment, to make the momentous now be forever. Their error in implementation cost them their lives. Torah prescribes for the rest of us a way to succeed where they failed.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman:  MUSIC OF THE HOLY TEMPLE, PART III: THE LEVITICAL CHOIR: Nothing is holier than great music, and the holiest music was that produced by the Levitical Choir in the Holy Temple. With musicologist Rabbi David Louis . Available Thursday, March 24.

THIS UPCOMING SHABBAT IS SHABBAT PARASHAT PARA, in which we read Numbers 19, all about the statute of the Red Heifer. Mysterious, compelling, beyond comprehension, humbling and death-defying, the red heifer is the real-time interface between exile and redemption, defilement and purity, the world today and the world of the Holy Temple. Click here to learn all that can be known about the red heifer:

 THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT and they play a special part in preparing for the ashes of the red heifer. Click here to learn more:


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:
INR Latest Shows >>