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      A Glitch in the Matrix! The Sin of Nadav and Avihu: How to Preserve the Eternal Moment Forever.
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      Because of the "extra" last day of Passover observed outside the Land of Israel, For the next few weeks Jewish communities in the Land of Israel and their counterparts in the diaspora will be temporarily out of synch in the reading of the weekly Torah portions. This is caused by the observance of the "extra" last day of Passover outside the Land of Israel. Is this just an insignificant fluke of the calendar, an
      idiosyncratic halachic issue, or could there be a deeper meaning? Could it actually be a message from Heaven and a wake-up call to diaspora Jewry to come home? Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman as they discover a glitch in the matrix that turns this week's edition of Temple Talk into the Temple Talk Aliya Special! Tune into a rousing call for our people to come home already, get over the exile and recognize the miracles G-d is doing for His people in the Land of Israel!

      What exactly was the sin of Nadav and Avihu, two upstanding sons of the High Priest Aaron, who brought a "strange fire" on the very day of the Tabernacle's dedication? How can we avoid making the same mistake today?

      Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

      WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TAZRIA-METZORA: The various impurities discussed in Tazria-Metzora are G-d's way of helping us to refine and fine tune our thoughts and our actions. These spiritual "ailments" afford us a constant update on the state of our beings.

      AT LAST! ThHE 3RD ANNUAL TEMPLE MOUNT AWARENESS DAY HAPPENING: PART 1 NOW ON YOUTUBE! Part 1 of 7: Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute speak with Moshe Feiglin, head of the Likud's Manhigut Yehudit, (Jewish Leadership), Faction. Moshe discusses Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the movement to bring more Jews to the Mount, and the ongoing efforts to ensure freedom of worship for Jews on the Mount. Moshe also discusses the practicalities of the building of the Holy Temple, a move he believes will bring peace, not war, to the world.

      BAT MELECH, with Rena Richman: THE WELL OF MIRIAM, PART IV: The prophet Miriam: Sanctified and dedicated to her people. In this all-new series, Rena explores the life and work of this great leader of Israel. The fourth and final part.

      RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: CHAPTER 21: LIGHT IN THE WORLD: Time and space are but measures of G-d's light in our world. Our sole purpose is to increase that light.

      COUNTING THE OMER: SOME CLASSICS FROM THE VAULT! We just can't say enough about the counting of the Omer, its source in the service of the Holy Temple, and its transformative effect on us today. Without further ado, here are three of our classic video treatments of Sefirat Ha'Omer - the Counting of the Omer:

      UP FOR THE COUNT! Every day counts, if we count every day! The seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot provide for us ideal time for introspection and spiritual progress. Reflect upon your own soul and burnish your Divine image.

      HANGING IN THE BALANCE: The great illumination of 'instant' freedom that we experience on the Seder night so often seems to pass us by. Slaves yesterday, free men today, we simply haven't the vessels to be able to absorb the great chesed - loving kindness - and enlightenment that G-d had blessed us with. For this we have Sefirat HaOmer – the counting of the days of the Omer, that prepares us gradually for the great re-illumination of G-d’s light — receiving Torah on Mount Sinai.

      SEFIRAT HA'OMER - COUNT FOR YOURSELVES! Forty-nine days that can change your world: The forty-nine days between Passover and Shavuot, (between leaving Egypt and receiving Torah at Sinai), are days laden with awesome spiritual potential. The opportunity for growth is ours for the taking. We must count our days and make our days count! The Temple Institute celebrates the 49 days.

      CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the barley offering in the Holy Temple and Sefirat HaOmer - the counting of the Omer. http://www.templeinstitute.org/archive/commandment_omer.htm

      VIEW A BRIEF SLIDE SHOW depicting the barley harvest and the Omer offering during the time of the Holy Temple. http://www.templeinstitute.org/the_omer_offering.htm

      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.
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