Audio: Bilaam, Balak Obama and the Roots of Anti-Semitism

Bilaam, Balak, & the Jewish Question: What Exactly is the Anti-Semite's Problem?
7/3/2012, 11:00 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Exhausted but overjoyed to be back in the Land, Rabbi Richman joins his life-saver Yitzchak Reuven for a moving edition of Temple Talk that introduces the three-week period of mourning for the Holy Temple that begins next week with the fast of Tammuz 17. Our hosts insist that the people of Israel need to take the "u" out of "mourning" and begin a New Morning of Temple conciousness, reconciliation and most of all... rebuilding.

This week, the heathen prophet Bilaam and his pal, Moabite king Balak are on center stage as they seek to "drive Israel away from the land" (Num. 22:6). What did Israel ever do to them? For that matter, what did Israel ever do to Gunter Grass or Alice Walker? Tune in to this week's Temple Talk for a startling, unapologetic insight into the true motivation of Israel hatred.

Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BALAK: It’s the same old story, as old as Scripture. Only the names have been changed: Do whatever needs to be done, and say whatever needs to be said, in order to attain this single goal: Keep the Jews out of the land of Israel, where, G-d forbid, they made do some good in the world! What was true for Bilaam and Balak of yore is true for all the strange bedfellows of today, who join forces in an ever increasingly desperate attempt to stop Israel from reintroducing G-d’s immanence into the world.


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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