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Audio: Understanding Abraham's Tests: When G-d Hides His Face

Understanding Abraham's Tests: When G-d Hides His Face - Abraham, Lot, and the Liberals of Sodom.
10/31/2012, 11:48 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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In this week's edition of Temple Talk, our hosts engage in a veritable tour de force of parashat Vayera, following Abraham's meteoric rise to prominence, his intervention on behalf of Sodom, and ultimately, his supreme test of faith, the binding of Isaac. What is the secret of Abraham's unshakable faith, and his deep, firsthand knowledge of G-d?
As Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman prepare to depart for the Temple Institute's 25 anniversary celebrations, Temple Talk will not be presented on Tues., Nov. 6th. With G-d's help, the next edition of Temple Talk will be broadcast from Dallas, TX, on Tues., Nov. 13th. Afterwards there will be a break and the next edition of Temple Talk will be on Tues, Dec. 4th, with G-d's help.
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYERA: Why was Avraham avinu interceding on behalf of the wicked people of the decadent city of Sodom? Was he your typical bleeding-heart liberal who can't distinguish between right and wrong? On the contrary, Avraham was showing his faith to the one true G-d and to the role that G-d granted him as guarantor of humanity.
BAT MELECH, with Rena RIchman: RACHAV THE RIGHTEOUS, PART I: Rachav welcomed and conspired with the Israelite spies who were sent by Yehoshua to discover and report on the strengths and weaknesses of the city of Yericho. But why did they choose her residence to serve as the locale of their first foray into the land of Israel? Why did Rachav willingly offer her cooperation in the demise of her own people? This teaching was first shared and recorded in Texas, June 2012.
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.

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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