Audio: Shavuot: From Barley to Bread, from Slavery to Freedom

Bringing the First Fruits on Shavuot: Getting Real in the Land of Israel.
5/14/2013, 3:22 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The awesome spiritual energy of the month of Sivan comes to a climax this week as we complete the seven-week period of counting the omer, and Israel observes the Festival of Shavuot,  poised and ready to relive the Sinai Revelation experience. But Yitzchak Reuven an Rabbi Richman remind us that there's more to Shavuot than staying up all night…in the days of the Holy Temple, there is a completely different emphasis: the bringing of the first fruits. What's fruit got to do with Torah study? Well, that depends on if you mean the real Torah. Tune into this week's Temple Talk for an insight into Shavuot, the great celebration of the Land of Israel. Plus: just who is shutting our mouths on the Temple Mount? The Knesset gets involved and the plot thickens.

This week at the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: NASO/SHAVUOT: Love is in the air as Israel stands at the foot of Mount Sinai, ready to receive Torah and betroth themselves to G-d, a wedding whose anniversary we celebrate this week on Shavuot. This week's parasha, Naso, makes many a meaningful reference to the happenings at Mount Sinai.


THE SHAVUOT SPECIAL: First taped 5 years ago, Rabbi Richman's video teaching about Shavuot is well worth watching today.

SHAVUOT: THE TORAH OF THIS WORLD: Recorded in 2009, Rabbi Richman's teaching focuses on the bringing of the bikurim - 1st fruits - to the Holy Temple.

THE PILGRIMAGE EXPERIENCE: Rabbi Richman's video teaching describing the sublime experience of ascending to the Holy Temple for the festival of Shavuot.

THE FESTIVAL OF SHAVUOT: CELEBRATING THIS WORLD: Rabbi Richman's video Shavuot teaching focuses on the centrality of the land of Israel to the Holy Temple celebration of Shavuot.

RECEIVING TORAH ANEW: Receiving Torah doesn't begin or end with Mount Sinai or the Shavuot festival. We receive Torah every day. Video teaching by Rabbi Chaim Richman.

LEARN HOW SHAVUOT IS TO BE OBSERVED IN THE HOLY TEMPLE: Fully illustrated description of the bringing of the first fruits and the Divine service in the Holy Temple on Shavuot.


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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