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Audio: The Descent into Egyptian Bondage: How Did it Come Down to This?

Shemot: Back on the Chain Gang. Exodus: We Know Where We're Going, We Know Where We're From.
1/3/2013, 9:17 AM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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What is the secret of maintaining Jewish identity in the throes of exile? Is it accurate or even fair to draw comparisons between the story of our forefathers in Egypt, and the contemporary experience of the Jewish diaspora? Evidently, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman think so, as this week, as we begin the book of Exodus, they ponder the implications of Israel's servitude in an Egypt that forgot its greatest national hero, Yosef, all too quickly.
This week from the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHMOT: To trust and to trust not. Total trust must exist between a true leader and his people. This is the lesson that G-d choreographed using Yaakov's final words to his children and Moshe's initial concern over whether Israel would receive him.

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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