Audio: A Mantra for Elul: Hashem is the Fortress of My Life

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8/14/2013, 8:28 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Elul is here, and teshuva (repentance) is in the air. The Temple Mount has re-opened, the King is in His field, and so are Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman as they continue to visit the Temple Mount in search of the Divine Presence. This week's Temple Talk focuses with exquisite precision on the Holy Temple, at once the 'refuge,' the 'fortress' and the 'sanctuary' alluded to in Psalm 27, which is customarily recited daily during this month of Elul. This week's edition of Temple Talk includes an in-depth analysis of King David's Psalm 27, which crescendos with a message of spiritual hope and empowerment for all sincere spiritual seekers. An unforgettable lesson, not to be missed!

This week from the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: KI TEITZEI: Coarse lust or true love? Superficial yearnings or deep prophecy? Life is full of battles and each battle brings out the worst or the best in us. We are only human, and that is precisely why Torah provides a lifeline, whatever our strengths or failings. Today, in the month of Elul, we need to see ourselves for who we are, and use this special time of reflection and repentance to return to the person we are meant to be.

BACK ON TOP THE TEMPLE MOUNT: AUGUST 11/5 ELUL: After having been forced off the Temple Mount for one month, Jews ascending the Mount in purity returned today in great numbers. From the moment the Temple Mount was reopened to non-Muslims at 7:30 this morning, many dozens of Jews could be seen on the Mount. Photo Album:
DISSONANT TEMPLE MOUNT STATUS IN FOCUS AS RELIGIOUS, POLITICAL FORCES COLLIDE, AS PEACE TALKS RESUME: interviews Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute: “There has been a grass roots awakening of the plight of the beleaguered Temple Mount,” Rabbi Richman told The Algemeiner in an interview. “Recently, there has been a lot of clarification, an enlightenment to be more aware of the importance of visiting there, and a great upswing of numbers, with the whole subject becoming much more a part of the national and political discourse.” Full interview: 

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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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