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It's cryin' time again. It's the month of Tammuz, and I'll cry if I want to! That's what we've been doing for the longest time. Everybody loves a good cry, but why is it so hard to stop crying and get moving? Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman explore the weeping of Tammuz in this riveting episode of Temple Talk. Not a show for the weak-hearted.
This week's Torah portion of parashat Chukat is replete with mystery between the lines; from the Red Heifer, to Moses striking the rock, to the well of Miriam, the common thread in this parashat Chukat is what's not said. Our hosts delve deeply and expound upon this beautiful portion that testifies to the greatness of the Generation of the Desert.... and challenges us to continue where they left off.
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: CHUKAT: The Thin Red Line: Parashat Chukat describes so many seemingly unrelated events, yet it is the profound fundamental truth contained in the commandment of the red heifer - para aduma - that ties all these events so tightly together.
THE MYSTERY OF THE RED HEIFER: DIVINE PROMISE OF PURITY: In-depth study of the history and tradition of the red heifer.
RED HEIFER IN ISRAEL: When the Holy Temple is established it will be imperative for all who come to Jerusalem with their Pascal offering to first be purified via the ashes of the red heifer before they can ascend to the Holy Temple. In spite of it all, the red heifer remains to this day the most compelling and elusive mystery in the Holy Torah. Yet what the mystery reveals about our own nature and our relationship with G-d is most enlightening.
THE CULT OF TRAGEDY: 2 PART VIDEO TEACHING: The month of Tammuz has been marked for the past two thousand years of Jewish history by weeping and mourning for the Holy Temple. Is our mourning constructive, ultimately empowering us to rise up from off the floor and rebuild the Holy Temple, as our sages originally intended it to be, or have we fallen into the tragedy trap of mourning for the sake of mourning? Rabbi Richman explores the ancient world’s celebration of the cult of weeping, and Torah’s age old battle against the victory of defeat.
THE MONTH OF TAMMUZ: INTERNATIONAL SEE AND SAY ONLY GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE PEOPLE AND LAND OF ISRAEL MONTH! The twelve spies who delivered an evil report about the land of Israel entered the land on the final day of the month of Sivan, spent the entire month of Tammuz in the land of Israel and returned with their evil report to the Israelite encampment in the desert on the 9th of the month of Av. (Numbers 13:1-15:41) It was their evil report that caused a 39 year delay of Israel's entry into the land that G-d had promised them. The 9th of Av has been a day of tragedy ever since, (both the 1st & 2nd Temples were destroyed on this day and many other disasters visited the nation of Israel on this day).
But we have the power to turn the tides of time: By seeing and saying only good things about the people and land of Israel each and every day throughout this month of Tammuz, we can fix the error of the past and turn the month of Tammuz into one of rejoicing and the 9th of Av into a day of celebrating in the rebuilt Holy Temple!
We are posting photographs taken in the land of Israel each day throughout the month of Tammuz. Please take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the land and its people.
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.