Audio: Countdown To a Historic Sukkot Pilgrimage to the Temple Mount

The Profound Joy of the Sukkot Experience: First Day of the Rest of our Lives.
9/18/2013, 8:50 AM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Yom Kippur is behind us, and the challenges of a brand-new year are before us. In this gala Sukkot edition of Temple Talk, Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman connect the dots between the Days of Awe and the week-long festival of Sukkot, G-d's own confirmation of His forgiveness and eternal love for Israel. Our hosts are ready to escape into the sukkah, closest experience in our time to being in the Holy Temple itself. But over the Sukkot holiday, Yitzchak and the rabbi indeed intend on helping others to relive the pilgrimage to the Holy Temple! Tune into this week's Temple Talk as our hosts discuss just why Sukkot is called by the Torah "the time of our joy." We wish all our listeners Chag Sameach, a joyous festival of Sukkot. The next edition of Temple Talk will air after the festival, on 27 Tishrei, Tues. Oct. 4th, G-d willing.

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This week at the Temple Institute:
JEWS KEEP STREAMING TO TEMPLE MOUNT: Police report that over 300 Jews ascended the Temple Mount in purity this morning. Jews were greeted at the entrance to the ramp leading up to the Temple Mount by volunteers working for a new organization called Mesamchei Olei Regalim, (The Organization for Gladdening the Hearts of Temple Pilgrims), who provided all comers with food and drink. Jews waiting to get through security reported that the refreshments did, indeed, lift their spirits as they waited in the hot sun.

Organized groups arrived from all over Israel, including contingents from the cities of Karnei Shomron, Petach Tikvah, Ra'anana, and Kiryat Ata. A number of grooms about to be married were among the pilgrims. In spite of the anti-prayer policy enforced (illegally) by the police, many of the Jews were able to pray unimpeded, as well as prostrate themselves as per proper Jewish practice on the Temple Mount.
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SUKKOT IN THE HOLY TEMPLE: Learn how it happened:

THE SUKKOT BUILDING SPECIAL OF 5770: There is no time better spent than the time we spend in the sukkah, and this remarkable spiritual odyssey begins with the building of the sukkah. Join Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven as they build their classic Jerusalem sukkah. Along the way the Rabbi shares his pearls of Torah wisdom. Chock-full of adventure, breathtaking insights, and occasional mishap, you will not want to miss a minute of this timeless documentary. Truly a must-see!

THE INFINITE LIGHT: SUKKOT 5772: The holy Sukkahs  that we build on our terraces and in our backyards each year are nothing more and nothing less than a temporary Holy Temple, filled with the light of the ein sof  -- the infinite light. This same light which fills our Sukkah  was expressed during the seven days of Sukkot in the Holy Temple through the joyful music of the Water Libation Celebration, and the exuberant spontaneity of the music inspired prophecy among those who heard it.

Filmed in the Richman family Sukkah with special honored guests, professional musician and musicologist Rabbi David Louis and his Mikdash All-Stars!

The Temple Institute wishes all our friends and supporters, all who attach themselves to the G-d of Israel, and the entire House of Israel a Chag Sukkot Sameach - A Joyful Sukkot!

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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