Purim is here, and we've got Purim joy! Or, as much as we could have,
without the Holy Temple. Put your masks on... or, take them off!
Whatever works for you, as Temple Talk's Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi
Chaim Richman discuss the true nature of joy and explore the
background of the Purim story of Divine intervention and miraculous
intervention and its roots in the ultimate saga - the struggle for the
rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
How happy can we be without the Holy Temple, anyway? Evidently, we can
get used to anything. Maybe that explains why so many interpretations
of the current Torah portions abound, that delve into symbolism and
metaphor and ascribe all sorts of meanings to the tabernacle and its
vessels, but utterly ignore the simple meaning of the words: G-d said
to build it! Whatever happened to the plain 'ol meaning of the words?
Our hosts remind us exactly what happened: The Exile. It came in like
a ghoul in the night, and messed up our minds. Tune in to Temple Talk
and get straightened out!
This week at the Temple Institute:
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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TETZAVE: Everyone needs clothes. From the first
garments that G-d made for Adam and Chava, to the clothes we choose
for ourselves today, what we cover ourselves with reflects the essence
of our inner beings. But the garments that the Kohen Gadol - High
Priest - wears reflect the will of G-d and are provided for by all of
Israel. The beauty and splendor they radiate are the beauty and
splendor of our relationship with G-d.
Shabbat Tetzave is followed by Purim and the reading of the scroll of
Esther, in which we see king Achashverosh don the priestly garments in
a perverse attempt to purge his kingdom of G-d, to prevent the
rebuilding of the Holy Temple and to banish G-d's presence from all
the earth. He failed then and his descendents will fail today. The
Holy Temple will be rebuilt!
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