A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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From B'reishith to Noach, from Tishrei to Mar Cheshvan, this first edition of Temple Talk in the new cycle of this year's Torah readings begins with an inspiring summary of the exciting Temple Mount visits and related developments that took place during the Festival of Sukkot. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman relate how the events of this past Sukkot bore witness to a great outpouring of Jewish love, dedication and devotion to the Temple Temple. The rules of the game are changing...there is spiritual revolution in the air!
Tune in to this week's Temple Talk as our hosts connect the dots of parashat B'reishith and find that the creation of man took place right smack dab in the middle of the Holy Temple... no wonder man's fulfillment is dependent on the same place!
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Jewish residents on the Temple Mount. Photo credit: Temple Institute.
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: B'REISHITH-NOACH: In this epic teaching of the opening two parashot of the book of Genesis, B'reishith and Noach, Rabbi Richman reveals what went wrong with a world so perfectly created that G-d Himself declared "It was very good," and how that world, within a span of ten generations descended into a miasma of human depravity, and the role that water played in the creation of the world, in the punishment of the wicked and in the redemption of the pure at heart.
What was King David's connection to the hidden waters of the tahom - תהום - buried deep within the bowels of the earth, what is the role that these hidden waters will play in the future redemption of all mankind, and how is this redemptive process presaged and choreographed in the awesome celebration of the Water Libation enacted each day of the Sukkot pilgrimage festival in the Holy Temple?
A BRIDE ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: On October 2, 2013, (Tishrei 28, 5774), we had the great privilege of meeting a bride, (kallah), on her wedding day. It is an ancient custom, from the time of the Holy Temple, for a bride to ascend the Temple Mount for prayer and spiritual preparation before her wedding. Learn more about this ancient custom and watch a video of today's encounter:
PRAYER AND CONTEMPLATION ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: On Sunday, September 29th, (Tishrei 25), Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute paid honor to his great grandfather, the beloved Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov, on the 204th anniversary of his passing, by ascending the Temple Mount, accompanied by a small coterie of fellow Jews. Learn more:
GUARANTEEING THE SANCTITY OF THE TEMPLE MOUNT IN THE FACE OF CONSTANT MUSLIM DEGRADATION: WHY IS IT SO HARD TO STOP A SOCCER GAME? Earlier this summer, MK Moshe Feiglin made the following inquiry to Israel's Minister of Internal Security, MK Yitzchak Aharonovitch: "Why do the police persistently refuse to enforce the law as expressed in High Court ruling, which outlaws the playing of soccer on the Temple Mount by Arab youth?" What was the Minister's response and why does the problem persist?
POLICE TAKE ON MUSLIM TEMPLE MOUNT STONE THROWERS ON 7TH DAY OF SUKKOT, 5774: On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, the 7th day of Sukkot (Hoshanna Raba), 5774, the Israel Police decided to act on intelligence that Muslims on the Temple Mount had received instructions to attempt to block Jewish worshipers on the Mount via stone throwing and violence. This video footage shows Muslims throwing stones at the police from inside the Al Aqsa Mosque on the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount.
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.