Audio: Sigd: A Saga of Faith and Yearning for the Holy Temple

Yaakov Lays His Head on the Crossroads Where Heaven Meets Earth & Man Meets G-d. Plus, the holiday of Sigd.
11/6/2013, 2:35 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Growing up Yaakov: Living (and  Learning) in the Material World - Yaakov Lays His Head on the Crossroads Where Heaven Meets Earth & Man Meets G-d

With Rabbi Chaim Richman on a speaking tour in the USA Yitzchak has the microphone all to himself. For 2500 years the Ethiopian Jews were in exile and isolation, but the same dream that Yaakov had of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple carried them through the exile and back to the city of their longings.

When Yaakov made his vow to G-d at Beit El, he made it in the name of all his descendants forever. Building a Holy Temple and giving to G-d a tenth of all that we are and all that we possess, is an obligation that we cannot delay.

This week at the Temple Institute:

WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYEITZEI: Avraham  saw his appointed meeting place with G-d as a distant and foreboding mountain, (Mount Moriah), and Yitzchak  envisioned the Holy Temple to be a field, accessible and alive. But it was Yaakov  who understood the Holy Temple to be a home, a nurturing, loving center in which G-d and all mankind can embrace.
CHODESH KISLEV: STUDYING THE MENORAH: In this month of Kislev, which is the month of Chanukah (which begins 25 Kislev), we will be looking each day at the menorah: its light, its inner meaning, its history, how it is made and how it is tended to in the Holy Temple, and the rekindling of the menorah by the Chashmonaim, (Macabees), which is commemorated during the eight nights of Chanukah. Each day we will post a new insight onto the nature of the menorah on our Facebook page.

Yaakov in Beit El. Credit: The Temple Institute.

Chief Kess Raphael Hadane and his son, Chief Ethiopian Rabbi Yoef Hanade at the Sigd ceremony in Jerusalem. Photo credit: Ben Bresky

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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