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Cleaning the Filth of the Golden Calf and the Impurity of the Deceitful Serpent.
6/27/2012, 2:57 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The statute par excellence of the Torah, the Red Heifer is a bridge between life and death and life ever after. Yitzchak Reuven and guest co-host Tzvi Richman explore together the inexplicable depths of the Red Heifer, and are in sore need of the world's foremost English language expert on the Red Heifer, when behold, a phone rings in the studio and on the other end of the line is our very own Rabbi Chaim Richman, who delivers piercing words of truth concerning the Red Heifer and the critical moment in history we find ourselves in as we move past crying over the loss of the Holy Temple to building anew the Holy Temple. Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of the Temple Institute was banned from the Temple Mount last week: Why? What are the police afraid of? Who is breathing down their necks? How do we respond? More Jews and more prayer and more song on the Temple Mount. There is only one way this movie is going to end: Prayer and song for all in the Holy Temple!

Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION:  CHUKAT: Going through all these things twice: The generation of the desert, like Adam, the first man, failed to appreciate the gifts that G-d gives us. Adam blamed the woman G-d gave him for his own eating of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, and the Israelites in the desert complained about the spiritually refined nourishment known as manna, with which G-d kept them fed for forty years. Is it any wonder that the evil-tongued snake made an appearance in both cases, here being used by G-d as an instrument to exact from Israel a price for their flagrant disregard?


BREAKING NEWS: RABBI YISRAEL ARIEL, HEAD OF TEMPLE INSTITUTE, BANNED FROM TEMPLE MOUNT! We have just learned that Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, the founder and head of the Temple Institute has been informed by the police that he is banned from ascending the Temple Mount. The police have likewise banned all those who participated in the recent Jerusalem Day prayer on the Temple Mount. The celebratory prayer took place with the participation of several members of the Israel Knesset, and was covered extensively by the Israeli media. As according to prior arrangement the police allowed the prayer and made no attempt to thwart the prayer and songs. Rabbi Ariel, who was one of the paratroopers who liberated the Temple Mount in 1967, was able to recite, on the Mount for the first time, the Kel Malei Rachmanim memorial prayer for his fallen comrades. The Rabbi was informed by police of his ban as he arrived at the Rambam Gate on his way to ascend the Mount. To read a news item concerning the ban, please click here:

To view footage of the Jerusalem Day prayer on the Temple Mount, please click here:

RED HEIFER IN ISRAEL: Parah adumah -- the Red Heifer: When the Holy Temple is established it will be imperative for all who come to Jerusalem with their Pascal offering to first be purified via the ashes of the red heifer before they can ascend to the Holy Temple. In spite of it all, the red heifer remains to this day the most compelling and elusive mystery in the Holy Torah. Yet what the mystery reveals about our own nature and our relationship with G-d is most enlightening.

THE MYSTERY OF THE RED HEIFER: DIVINE PROMISE OF PURITY: Book length online article all about the Red Heifer.

TAMMUZ: INTERNATIONAL SEE AND SAY ONLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND LAND OF ISRAEL MONTH! The twelve spies that Moshe sent out from the desert in order to observe the land of Israel and to report back on its beauty and the people living within it, spent thirty of their forty day ill-fated mission during the month of Tammuz. Since that time the month of Tammuz has come to be known as a month of harsh judgment. But we have the ability to sweeten the month of Tammuz by rectifying the sin of the spies. One way of doing this is by making certain only to see and say good things about the land of Israel throughout the entire month of Tammuz. Every day we will post a new photograph and a scriptural quote in praise and recognition of the goodness of the land of Israel.

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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