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12/20/2012, 5:02 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The month of Tevet begins with the light of Chanukah but ultimately descends -- at least ostensibly -- into darkness. At first glance Tevet seems characterized by anguish and destruction. What happened to the joy of Chanukah, and Temple dedication? Haven't we learned anything? In this week's fast-moving, passion-filled edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman discover that indeed, the Chanukah story is not over yet...the challenges it presents continue into the month of Tevet and into our own times, and we are still writing it today. So too, as we read this week in parashat Vayigash of Israel's reunion and "happy" descent into Egypt, we sense the shape of things to come...and suddenly we realize with alarming clarity that we are reading the story of our own lives.

This week from the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYIGASH: The seismic shocks, the tectonic rumblings, the pulsating magnetic fields could all be felt from one end of creation to the next when Yehudah drew near to Yosef in their battle for custody of Binyamin. Neither brother was willing to abandon Binyamin and that's what G-d wanted to know! When Yosef revealed his true identity to Yehudah and the others, they all realized that they could lay down their arms: It was all in G-d's hands!

THREE DAYS IN TEVET: The eighth, ninth and tenth days of the month of Tevet are each considered dark days in the history of Israel. At one time each of the three days was observed by a fast. Today we fast only on the tenth. What happened on these three days?

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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