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Audio: The Raging Floodwaters of Noach & Bountiful Blessings of Choni

Water, Ultimate Test of Faith. The Bittersweet Month of MarCheshvan: The Double-Edged Sword of Potential.
10/17/2012, 6:48 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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With sweetest blessings for this new month of MarCheshvan! This week’s edition of Temple Talk, recorded and first broadcast on Rosh Chodesh I, the first day of the new month of MarCheshvan, explores the dimensions of this month’s enigmatic themes, the ancient element of water, which is at once both the bringer of Divine blessing, and yet the tool of Divine retribution, as it was in the days of Noach, wherein we learn – in this week’s Torah portion – of the Great Deluge which took place during this very month of MarCheshvan. But yet here in the Land of Israel, where every drop of water is seen as the greatest Heavenly gift, we begin asking for rain during this month. And this month, devoid of any major holidays, holds the key to the future, for both Israel as well as for all humanity. Tune into this week’s fascinating Temple Talk to find out why!

This week from the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BERESHIT/NOACH: The first lesson we are taught by Torah concerning the ten generation epoch spanning from Adam to Noach is that man's behavior toward his fellow man has a direct and powerful effect on the natural world around him. Proper human conduct is a prerequisite for any effective environmental activism to succeed in preserving the magnificent ecosystem that G-d has blessed us with. A civilization that loses its moral compass will come crashing down, and take the natural world with it. A cautionary tale.
ISRU CHAG, (23 TISHREI, 5773/OCTOBER 9, 2012), ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: ON OCTOBER 9TH, 2012, Rabbi Chaim Richman had the distinct pleasure of hosting sixty Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount. The day was Isru Chag, a special designation given to the day following the holiday of Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the final festive day of the Tishrei holiday season. This was the largest contingent of Torah observant Jews that Rabbi Richman has ever had the privilege to lead around the Temple Mount. These were all members of the Ohel Ari Synagogue, located in the Israeli coastal town of Ra'anana. They were led by their congregational Rabbi, Ronen Neuwirth. For many of the participants this first they had ever ascended to the Temple Mount. The aliya was organized by Rabbi Richman and Michael Freund, head of the Shavei Yisrael organization, Jerusalem Post op-ed contributor, and member of the congregation. For the complete story and photographs:

AN EVENING TO HONOR THE HOLY TEMPLE: You Are Invited To Come And Join In The Celebration! November 14th 2012 – Dallas, TX
THE TEMPLE INSTITUTE’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA: On November 14, 2012, the Temple Institute will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a gala to be held in Dallas, TX. The evening will include a festive banquet, exciting speakers and special surprises. A number of seats are currently available and we extend this personal invitation to you. If you would like to attend this special event please contact us immediately for reservations and payment details, at this address:
If you are not able to attend, you can still participate in this historic event and help the Temple Institute build the future by purchasing a tax-deductible greeting in the 25th Anniversary Dinner Journal. For details:
EXCLUSIVE ONLINE TEMPLE ART AUCTION! As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations, the Temple Institute is making available an exclusive and original oil painting commissioned especially by the Temple Institute by the noted Israeli artist, Ofer Yom Tov. This exquisite artwork, depicting the artist’s conception of the future pilgrimage of the nations to the rebuilt Holy Temple in modern day Jerusalem, is entitled, "GOING UP TO THE THIRD TEMPLE."
The stunning, one-of-a-kind painting, oil on canvas, measures 1.5 meters by 1 meter (approx. 60” x 40”) and is unframed.
The Temple Institute is making this modern masterpiece available to the highest bidder in an online auction. The auction has officially been opened with a starting bid of $3,000. Proceeds from the sale of this painting will directly benefit the holy work of the Temple Institute. Bids can be placed by email to this address:
This auction is open to the worldwide public. There are no conditions for participation. All those interested in acquiring this painting are invited to participate by submitting a bid to the above email address. The current highest bid will be posted on this page.
The auction will conclude at the Temple Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala in Dallas, TX on November 14th, 2012. The highest bid will be announced during the course of the evening.
The painting will be shipped to the auction winner at the Temple Institute’s expense upon receipt of payment confirmation.
Current Top Bid: $3,100

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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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