Audio: Stuck Inside of Egypt with the Memphis Blues Again

Beginning the Book of Exodus: Pharaoh's Advisers and the Jewish Problem.
1/10/2012, 11:49 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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It's a brave new world as we begin the Book of Exodus and enter into the veritable heart of darkness of the Egyptian exile. In the blinking of an eye, Joseph and his amazing life-sustaining contributions to Egyptian society quickly turn to rust, and who was Joseph anyway? The "new" Pharaoh never even heard of him, and his only concern is what to do about his ever-increasing Jewish problem. Pharaoh summoned his advisers and the first Wannsee Conference took place with the participation of Job, Bilaam and Yitro. In this week's edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman contemplate the lessons of our history and consider our present -- and future -- in the light of the first Torah reading of the Book of Exodus. 

Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHEMOT: Pharaoh employed sundry stratagems to uproot and destroy the children of Israel, chillingly reminiscent of recent and contemporary programs to annihilate Israel. yet, despite it all, Israel abides. But why did G-d put Israel in Egypt? What was the Egyptian exile all about?

RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: POSSIBILITY OF DIFFERENTIATION: G-d created our world via a series of “disasters” which unfolded over the six primordial days. With each new “disaster” or differentiation of G-d’s essence our natural cosmic environment came into being. As G-d’s light diminished so did our ability to reach out and strive to draw near to Him.

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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