A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The leaders of the nations today have brought the world to the edge of darkness in a repeat performance of one of the greatest capitulations to evil of all-time, all for a headline and a few petro-dollars. Too bad not one of the Geneva Ghouls bothered to look at this week's Torah reading, parashat Miketz. They could have gotten a mighty lesson in real leadership, you know, the kind where man places G-d, and not himself, in the driver's seat, as Yosef did in leading Egypt out of darkness. But if it's darkness the world leaders want, who you gonna call? That's right, the original Dark-Busters - the Maccabees! It is time to learn again how to stick it to the man and reintroduce holy light into the world! Plus, the inside story of the Chanukah rededication of the Holy Temple and the rekindling of the Temple menorah.
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This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: MIKETZ: The story of Yosef's descent into the darkness of Egypt and his rise to leadership coincides each year with the eight day festival of Chanukah. They likewise share the same deep lesson: All of life's seemingly chaotic randomness is, in truth, directed by G-d. Our role is not merely to trust in G-d's benevolence but to work without rest to insure our own part in His great plan. This is what distinguished Yosef and this is what distinguished the Chashmonean kohanim who led the Jewish revolt against the Greek oppressors.
SECRETS OF THE MENORAH: From the first of Kislev all the way through the eighth day of Chanuka we are featuring each day on Facebook a new teaching about the golden menorah which stood in the Holy Temple: Its shape and structure, how it was made in the desert and how the temple Institute made it in our day; its part in the daily Divine service in the Holy Temple, the menorah that the Maccabees made in the Holy Temple, and much, much more!
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.