Audio: Parashat Shoftim: The Pursuit of Righteousness and Justice

Rosh Chodesh Elul and the Temple Mount: Locked Out of My Beloved's House!
8/7/2013, 9:44 PM

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The confluence this week of the beginning of the month of Elul and the reading of Parashat Shoftim brings us a double serving of the need for justice, righteousness and repentance. The King is in the field; the field is the Temple Mount, and the Holy Temple is the place that, when "a matter of judgement is hidden from you"...then, "you shall rise up and ascend to the place that Hashem shall choose." For the Beit HaMikdash is the seat of justice and righteousness. What happens when Elul, the special time of emphasis for these themes, rolls around, and we are still locked out of the Temple Mount? Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman this week on Temple Talk as they welcome the new month of Elul with brave new insights into this week's Torah portion, plus brave hope for Israel's challenges in the coming year.

This week at the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHOFTIM: "Righteousness, righteousness, you shall pursue... " Only by righteousness and justice can the nation of Israel guarantee its staying power in the land of Israel. Not by negotiating with the enemy, or releasing murderers, or subcontracting her security, or by subordinating her own needs to the demands of her "friends" and "allies." Righteousness, by way of righteous judges who sit in judgment in the place that G-d will choose - the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount, Jerusalem.
A GUIDE TO THE MONTH OF ELUL: The month of Elul, last month of the Hebrew calendar year, is an auspicious time for repentance, prayer and introspection. These are special days of Divine good will and mercy, and the very essence of these days bespeak the basic human need for closeness with the Holy One, blessed be He... and His immediate and unequivocal response.
THE KING IS IN THE FIELD: Rabbi Richman's latest Jerusalem Post op-ed: Jewish tradition emphasizes that the month of Elul is a special time of Divine good will and mercy – a time that is particularly conducive to prayer and repentance. Actually, the month is part of the preparatory process for entering into the awesome judgment of Rosh Hashana and the cleansing power of the Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. God makes Himself especially close at hand.
PRAYER AND PROTEST: OPEN THE TEMPLE MOUNT TO JEWS! On Wednesday morning upwards of 200 dedicated Jews arrived at 7:30 AM at the locked Mughrabi Gate entrance to the Temple Mount for Rosh Chodesh Elul prayer and to register their pain and anger that the Temple Mount has been shut down to Jews throughout the month-long Muslim Ramadan.
PRAYER AND PROTEST AGAINST THE CLOSURE OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT TO JEWS (VIDEO): On the morning of Rosh Chodesh Elul, (Aug 7, 2013), hundreds of Jews protested the prolonged closure of the Temple Mount to non-Muslims. Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute describes the Jewish longing for the Holy Temple amid the current unlawful and immoral banning of Jews from the Temple Mount.
The month of Elul, in which G-d's presence is so near and reflection and repentance is upon the hearts of all G-d fearing people, cries out for the reunion of man and G-d - on the Temple Mount!
EID AL FITR CONCLUSION TO RAMADAN: HAMAS FLAGS FLY HIGH OVER TEMPLE MOUNT: Left to their own devices, Muslms on the Temple Mount turned Ramadan into an anti-Israel hate orgy.
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Picture: The king of Israel, with a Sefer Torah attached to his arm, seeks the guidance of the Urim and Tummim, via the High Priest. Credit: Temple Institute

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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