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The Rambam's Temple Mount Visit. Enter Abraham, Citizen of the World and Father of All Spiritual Seekers
10/26/2012, 1:02 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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MP3 FILE NOW CORRECTED _ One week into the elusive month of Mar Cheshvan already finds us celebrating two "minor" events with major implications: The first is the 837th anniversary of the famed sage Maimonides' ascent to the Temple Mount in the face of grave danger to pray there, on the 6th of Cheshvan 1165. The second is the changing of our daily prayers into "winter mode" here in the Land of Israel, which takes place on 7 Cheshvan, when we begin to ask G-d for rain. In this week's edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore these events and their modern-day implications, even as this week's Torah reading of parashat Lech Lecha introduces the daring iconoclast Abram, soon to become Avraham, onto the scene of world history. He found out that all the truth were lies, and went on to discover that there is really only One G-d. Mankind would never be the same again.

This week from the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: LECH LECHA: Avraham avinu traveled far into his own being in order to discover the Source and Supreme Guide of all creation, but the relationship he forged with G-d and the role he assumed for himself as citizen of G-d's domain was firmly based in this world and firmly founded on the principle of personal responsibility.

THE WEEK OF THE RAMBAM: October 22 -26, the Temple Institute is celebrating Maimonides’ 6th of Cheshvan (Oct. 22nd) ascent to the Temple Mount with articles posted daily describing the Rambam’s life and times, his visit to Israel and the Temple Mount, and the commandment of Mora Mikdash - showing reverence for G-d on the Temple Mount.
To begin day one, and learn about Rambam's early life in 12th century Spain and North Africa, click here.
To read day two, and discover what awaited Rambam in the land of Israel, held by the crusaders, click here.
To proceed to day three, and read in the Rambam's own words of his perilous journey through Israel and his ascent to the Temple Mount, click here.
To go to day four, and learn about the Rambam's own reflections on his ascent to the Temple Mount, click here.
On day five, view a four minute video shot stop the Temple Mount, where we recreate the Rambam's historic visit, and learn about the Rambam's life in Egypt. Click here.
Video commemoration:

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: $3,150

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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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