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Audio: Menachem Av: Father Knows Best & the Best is Yet to Be

Stop Your Sobbing Israel, Pick Yourself Up Off the Floor, The Still Small Voice Says Build!
8/2/2011, 2:45 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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It is the month of Av and the perennial housing shortage in Israel is once again making waves as protesters are taking to the streets. But
this year's righteously indignant ringleaders are the very same people representing the very same organizations that exactly six years ago
orchestrated and applauded the forced homelessness of ten thousand Jewish souls from Gush Katif. Yes, these are the same folks that fight to destroy every Jewish house, kindergarten, synagogue or gazebo that a Jew, any Jew, dares to build in Judea and Samaria. Yes, these are the very same self-indulgent cadres that wage war against Jewish neighborhoods in the heart of Jerusalem. And yes, these are the very same hire political guns who DO NOT WANT TO BUILD A HOUSE FOR HASHEM! These would-be architects of a G-dless world possess a mixed-multitude of college degrees, but anyone who has taken Housing 101 knows that the root and the cause of all our housing ailments is in the fact that we still have not solved our Creator's housing problem. The prophet Chaggai said it best: "Is it a proper time for you yourselves to sit in your ceiled houses, when this house is in ruins?" Tough words of rebuke, but uttered with love in our hearts!

This week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: DEVARIM: The book of Deuteronomy opens with Moses' rebuke of Israel: strong, yet couched in subtle and gentle terminology, in order to spare Israel embarrassment or discomfort, yet nevertheless impart an important teaching for the nation. Always read on the first Shabbat of the month of Menachem Av, (literally the "comforting father"), Moses' words reflect the essence of the month of Av, a month of stern rebuke for Israel, but also a month which offers loving compassion and comfort for Israel by G-d.

LIGHT TO THE NATIONS, with Rabbi Chaim Richman: THE CULT OF TRAGEDY, PART I & II: The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world's celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah's age old battle against the victory of defeat.

BAT MELECH, with Rena Richman: THE WOMEN OF THE DESERT, PART I: The women of the desert and the feminine spiritual energy, strength and determination that they were able to tap into and channel enabled them to shepherd the entire generation out of the holocaust of Egypt, throughout the forty years of the wilderness experience, and ultimately into the land of Israel. This teaching was originally
recorded in Dallas, Texas, and is being presented in four parts.

A VOICE MESSAGE FROM THE HOLY TEMPLE: Archaeological remnants of the Holy Temple have been discovered in the past. But never in the history of two thousand years have we ever been able to gain a glimpse into what the Holy Temple may have sounded like! The "small still sound" of this tiny but exquisitely beautiful golden bell, which may have originally been one of the seventy two golden bells which, along with woven pomegranates, lined the hem of the meil techelet - blue tunic - of the High Priest - calls out to us all the way from the Holy of Holies, into which entered the Kohen Gadol - High Priest - one day of the year - Yom Kippur! This gentle blast from the past comes during these three weeks of solemn remembrance of the Holy Temple to remind us of the sublime beauty and purpose that is missing from our lives without the Holy Temple, and to rouse us from our slumber. Listen carefully to the chiming of the bell. It is urging us: "Build me, build me, build me, build me, build me, build me..." Click here to read about this breathtaking discovery and to hear the jingle jangle of the High Priest as he walks again the ancient streets of Jerusalem!

RENEGADE HEARTS: "The first time I realized it was when my brother-in-law died tragically and unexpectedly a few days before his
daughter was born. I realized that I would never be 100% happy again. How could I be, knowing my brother-in-law’s wife, son, and daughter
would always bear the pain of his death? I knew even in the happiest moments of my life, a corner of my heart would be sad for what was now so sorely missing in the world." Please click here to read a powerful statement written by a righteous Gentile, an eloquent testimony to the innate longing of every human being for the rebuilding of the Holy Temple and the restoration of G-d's presence in His Holy House.




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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