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Get Ready for the Second Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day!
3/29/2011, 10:33 PM

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This week's Torah portion, Tazria, like all of the book of Leviticus, presents the challenge of living life on an accelerated plane of consciousness. The much-misunderstood laws of purity, as embodied by the enigmatic, elusive, metaphysical illness of tzarat, are in reality a Divinely-orchestrated barometer of spiritual sensitivity... or the lack of it. Rather than being a punishment, this illness - admittedly a test -  was visited upon Israel by G-d as a sign of His love for His people. G-d still broadcasts these finely-tuned messages to us, through world events and the stuff of our everyday experience. It's just that most people prefer to ignore the frequency. Because the painful truth is that in today's world, humanity's spiritual barometer, mankind's spiritual sensitivity or lack of it, can be measured by the world's attitudes about Israel.

Next week: Rosh Chodesh Nisan, Tuesday April 5th, the first day of the Hebrew month of Nisan and "the beginning of time, " is the 2nd Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day. Our regular weekly Temple Talk will not be broadcast next week. We will be busy with... 


This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TAZRIA: The Torah concepts of tahara and tum'a, imperfectly translated as spiritual purity and impurity, are impossibly difficult for us to entirely grasp through our intellect. And this is because, simply put, these concepts, or the realities that they express, are so much greater than our own individual selves. The period of impurity which visits a mother upon the birth of a child bespeaks of the passage of pure and perfect knowledge from one world to the next, and the necessary loss that results. The extended period of impurity upon the birth of a daughter reflects the more perfect
image of G-d that is embodied in the female soul.

BAT MELECH, with Rena Richman: THE SECRET OF CHALLAH, PART III: Join Rena in her special teaching for women. This lesson was originally recorded in Houston, Texas, and is being presented on UTN in three parts. We are all created and imbued with G-d given potential to achieve many great and good things in our lives. By following the commandments given us by Torah we can learn how to discover, develop and bring to fruition the unique potential that is within us. Learn the secret of your own hidden potential and how to fulfill it by serving G-d, in this exploration of the simple commandment to take challah when preparing bread. Available Wednesday,  March 30.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman:  MUSIC OF THE HOLY TEMPLE, PART IV: REFLECTING HEAVEN: The music performed by the Levitical choir was an earthly rendition of the ever changing heavenly strains which reflect the spiritual "moods " of heaven which are transformed as the day grows from morning into evening, and the seasons travel from festival to festival. Available Thursday, March 31.

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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