The First of Our New Months: Marking Our Time With G-d.
1/25/2012, 5:40 PM
A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Bring on the month of Shvat! It is time for all Israel to crawl out from our winter hideaway and get in line for a shot of Divine cosmic love and redemption on Tu B'Shvat, the 15th of Shvat, the new year for trees and man. Meanwhile, back on the banks of the Nile, here in Parashat Bo, G-d is ramping up the plagues He is raining down upon Egypt, while at the very same time welcoming Israel into the world of eternal commandments and commitments: The new moon, the Pesach offering and total redemption.
Are the ten plagues a thing of the past? Or are they happening again today, as foretold, before our very yes?
Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BO: Plague after devastating plague, G-d wreaks unspeakable havoc upon Egypt, leaving no stone unturned as He shows Pharaoh who's the boss. In the midst of this unravelling of the warp and woof of creation, why does G-d give to Israel the sighting of the new moon as the first commandment for them to perform?
THE MONTH OF SHVAT: REBIRTH, TORAH, AND THE HOLY TEMPLE: Each Hebrew month conveys its own unique message. The theme of this month of Shvat is the concept of renewal and rebirth. To learn more about the regenerative month of Shvat, click here:
RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: DAY THREE: LIGHT SO STRONG: Creation is a matter of G-d hiding away all but the smallest, dimmest spark of His superal light, so that creation and man can exist. And where does G-d hide His light? In the fabric of creation itself!
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 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Israel time (1pm U.S. EST) on Israel National Radio.