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Audio: Bilaam & Balak & the Flotilla of Hatred

Delegitimizing Israel via Sweet Words of Blessing, Human Rights & the Politically Correct
7/5/2011, 2:22 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Using every angle under the sun, Balak and the heathen mercenary prophet Bilaam pulled out all the stops trying to curse the nation of Israel. Seeing that they couldn't militarily overcome Israel this was their desperate attempt to keep Israel from possessing the land G-d chose for her. Sound familiar? As president Barack H. Obama said, the
"international community [has] expectations [that] have gone unmet. " No doubt Balak was thinking the same thing when he called in the world's  top-gun PR spin-master, G-d googling DJ Bilaam to try to find the right combination of words to crack the G-d Israel connection.

This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BALAK: "There is nothing new under the sun, " and that goes for the "new " antisemitism, and the "international community's " exasperation with Israel's obsession with such petty issues as sovereignty, security, viability and her continued existence as a free and independent people in their own land. Many years ago the long-time enemies of Moav, (led by Balak) and Midian, (represented by Bilaam ), joined forces to try to erase their mutual enemy Israel. The urbane and cosmopolitan Bilaam was called in to put a politically
correct face on the viciously antisemitic diatribe they were espousing.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman:  THE TEMPLE OFFERINGS, PART V: THE DAILY OFFERING, FIRST PART: The daily (Tamid ) Continual offering is so central to Israel's relationship with G-d that the daily prayer service of the past two thousand years is based upon the structure and purpose of the daily offering. But how did the daily offering actually take place in the Holy Temple?


June, July, 2011, USA Speaking Engagement Tour: "For out of Zion shall go forth Torah and the word of G-d from Jerusalem. " (Isaiah 2:3)

What is our connection to the Torah? What is a true Torah experience? The Torah is not about information. It is not about amassing more and more knowledge. Torah is about transformation. It is about becoming a different person. It is about the world becoming a different world. Click here for details:

Click here to see Rabbi Richman's video invitation to attend his Torah of Transformation teachings in America:

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The ill-fated spies, (Numbers 13:1) sent by Moses to spy out the land of Israel and report back to the nation on what they saw, left the desert encampment on the final day of the month of Sivan. They spent the entire month of Tammuz in the land of Israel and returned to the desert encampment on the ninth day of the following month of Av. They
spent a total of forty days in the land of Israel, and as a price for the ill words they spoke of her, the entire nation was to spend forty years in their desert exile. The 9th of Av, the day they delivered their evil report, was to become a day of mourning for all generations. It is the day that the first and second Holy Temples were destroyed.

It is our responsibility to reverse the opprobrium thus assigned to the month of Tammuz by being certain to see and to say only good things about the land of Israel each and every day of the month. Therefore, every day of the month of Tammuz we will be posting positive words and pictures of the land of Israel.

Your positive words are welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page!

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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