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 MOUNT MORIAH AWARD FOR PROMOTING TEMPLE AWARENESS: Dr. & Mrs.Alex & Irene Shraga http://youtu.be/X92NEHM7aRc
THE EZRA AWARD FOR TORAH EDUCATION: Mr. & Mrs. Shmuel and Brenda Peak http://youtu.be/1booK5dETt8
THE NOAHIDE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Mr. & Mrs. Tuvya & Batya Gibson http://youtu.be/dIT95SlHL_Y
THE NACHSHON AWARD FOR TRAILBLAZING: Mrs. Devora Chana Deckard http://youtu.be/CwoG76VgFms
THE TIKUN OLAM AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Guardians of the Children, South Plains Chapter http://youtu.be/y1DJR4-NRuk