A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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As rains of blessing fall in the Land of Israel, our hosts reflect upon the Torah and prophetic readings and allude to endless depths of meaning, recalling the dew of the future, which will signal the heralded and promised resurrection of the dead. A deeper look into Torah traditions reveals that our patriarch Yitzchak already experienced this moment, and like the secret contained within Yitzchak's very name, in the future all of his progeny, the people of Israel, will indeed laugh at the illusion of death. Tune in to this week's Temple Talk as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reveal that long before James Taylor, Yitzchak was really the man who's seen fire and seen rain!
In this week's Torah portion of Chayei Sarah, the matriarch Sarah is laid to rest in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Like the Temple Mount and Joseph's tomb in the city of Shechem, the full purchase of the double cave of Hebron is witnessed and recorded by the Torah itself, but ironically these very places have become a symbol of the struggle for Israel's sovereignty in her land. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the life of Sarah and the significance of why the Torah measures the "years of her life" for the generations to come.
Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: CHAYEI SARA: Sara imenu – our matriarch Sara – was a woman of unparalleled beauty and spiritual strength, whose power of prophecy was greater, our sages teach us, than that of her husband Avraham. Yet, according to Midrash, she was ultimately felled by an enemy common to us all: the satan who feeds on our own fears and casts stumbling blocks along our way.
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.