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12/26/2012, 11:26 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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This exceptionally passionate edition of Temple Talk is set against the backdrop of the transition between the books of Genesis, which we conclude this week, and Exodus. As the people of Israel slowly, almost imperceptibly pass from freedom to bondage in a twinkling, Rabbi Richman rages against the dying of the light. At the same time our hosts take a sobering look at growing antisemitism all around us and discover that while the complacency of the exile may lull Jews to sleep, there's an urgent need to wake up right now. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the meaning of the "Chosen" people and ask outright: Chosen for what? If you are not ready for your life to be inexorably challenged and changed, you had best skip this week's show.

This week from the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYECHI: When Yaakov asks of Yosef "Who are these?" it is not because his eyes are dim or that he does not know Yosef's sons intimately. It is because in his prophetic mind's eye he see the boys' greatness in the future redemption of Israel, which is taking place today. His words are not a question but an exclamation of sublime joy and approval.

TEMPLE INSTITUTE AWARDS: On Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5773 (November 14th, 2012), the Temple Institute held a gala 25th anniversary dinner in Dallas, Texas. The program gave honor to the G-d of Israel, and expressed the Institute's gratitude and appreciation to its friends and supporters. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of the lives that they lead, and their special efforts on behalf of the one true G-d. These men and women have shown great dedication to bring the knowledge of G-d to others through outreach, education and acts of loving kindness. Each of the recipients, through their convictions and their efforts on behalf of others, embodies what the Holy Temple truly is all about: the reunion of the family of man in the one place on earth where G-d has chosen for His presence to dwell, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, and from this place of exalted assembly to spread the knowledge of G-d to the four corners of the earth.

Please take the time to view these five videos and become acquainted with these fine individuals who have devoted their lives, their passion and their livelihoods to making the world a better place.


THE EZRA AWARD FOR TORAH EDUCATION: Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel and Brenda Peak



THE TIKUN OLAM AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Guardians of the Children, South Plains Chapter

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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