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5/15/2012, 10:13 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The Book of Leviticus concludes this week with parashat Bechukotei, a
Torah portion that features beautiful words of idyllic blessing
guaranteeing Israel's future when she but heeds her covenant with the
Al-mighty. Conversely, harsh words of admonition describe the nation's
fate if she turns her back on G-d and puts her faith in
"happenstance;" that leads to exile, tantamount to death itself. But
Whoa! Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman conclude that it is up to
Israel to turn the woe into whoa! and simply get with the program, in
tune with the flow of all creation. No wonder this Torah portion,
which hinges upon our realization of G-d's hand upon us at all times
and under all circumstances, leads us right up to the joyous
celebration of Jerusalem Day, 5772, a day which reveals great Divine
providence and G-d's protection, even as He brings us out of the exile
and back home to the Land of Israel. This week's edition of Temple
Talk is one for the Hall of Fame!

Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION:  BECHUKOTAI: From the opening "And He called" of
the book of Leviticus to the closing words of this week's concluding
reading, G-d has been direct, open and honest with Israel. He sets out
His program for us and, in the end, it is up to us, and only up to us,
to decide whether we are going to get on board, or not.

A JERUSALEM DAY GREETING: The modern world knows no greater day than
Yom Yerushalayim - Jerusalem Day. It's been a long time coming, but
our prophets foresaw this great event thousands of years ago!

COME:" From June 11th through June 20th, Rabbi Richman will be
speaking in different cities throughout Texas and New Mexico. Click
here for details:

 "IF YOU BUILD IT, HE WILL COME:" Watch this three minute promotional
video for Rabbi Richman's upcoming tour!

RETURN TO PROPHECY, with Rabbi Avraham Sutton: CHAPTER 25:  HIDDEN
TEACHINGS OF THE GOOD LIGHT: The history of the world is the history
of the progressive revelation of the inner, concealed truth of Torah.

YOUTUBE! Part 4 of 7: "He's here tonight - give a big hand for Yehudah
Katz and his four piece band!" When Yehudah and band joined us on
Temple Mount Awareness Day, they were on holy fire providing for us an
hour long "half-time" celebration of song and Temple insights. It's
only fitting that we are first posting this performance on Lag B'Omer!

PART 1, with Moshe Feiglin:

PART 2, with Rabbi Nachman Kahana:

PART 3, with Yisrael Medad:

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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