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Pinchas, Temple Mourning & the Desecration of G-d's Name: Get Up & Take a Stand!
7/11/2012, 4:10 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Who was the mysterious Pinchas, grandson of Aaron, the "Supercohen" who avenged G-d's honor and saved the Jewish people? Did he really become Elijah the prophet, a man who lives forever? What does it take to muster the kind of fortitude and courage that it took for Pinchas to take a stand that was radical and unpopular...but true to G-d's
will? In this week's searing, powerful edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman examine Pinchas, his deed, and his legacy in the modern Jewish world, where Hashem's name is still being publicly desecrated. This calls for a Pinchas in our generation - and fortunately, we have one. Tune in to find out who he is.

It was the legendary labor activist Joe Hill whose dying words were "Don't mourn, organize." As we continue to navigate through "The Straits," as this three-week mourning period for the Holy Temple is known, our hosts continue to clarify, elucidate and explore the nature of mourning for the Holy Temple, and determine that old Joe was right: It's up to us, and to us alone, to stop the cycle of pain. A gripping Temple Talk you will not want to miss!

Also this week from the TEMPLE INSTITUTE:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: PINCHAS: Continuity - That's the concept that is embodied in multiple levels in the Torah reading of Pinchas. The experience of Israel in the desert is coming to a close, but the desecration of Zimri and Cozbi threatens everything, Pinchas' swift and certain response guarantees the continuity the sanctity of Israel. The daughters of Tzelaphchad and the designation of Yehoshua to succeed Moshe as leader of Israel naturally follow Pinchas' heroic act. The parasha concludes with a description of the Tamid offering, the sanctification of continuity itself, in the service of the Holy Temple.

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.

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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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