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Yosef & His Brothers: Who is 'Fessing What & Who is Forgiving Whom?
12/4/2013, 11:13 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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'Tis the season of confrontation: Yosef squares off with his brothers, Yehudah and the Maccabees square off with the Greek oppressors and the Hellenizers from within, Israel squares off with the United States over its policy of detente with the genocidal regime of the Iranian ayatollahs, and Jewish worshipers on the Temple Mount square off with violent Muslim mobs.
No sooner did the Maccabees defeat the Greeks than the scourge of Hellenization began its return. No sooner do Yosef and his brothers reconcile than Pharaoh begins to impose the rules of exile. The harsh but crucial lesson: We must always be vigilant in our devotion to G-d and our love of the land of Israel.

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WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: VAYIGASH: The seismic shocks, the tectonic rumblings, the pulsating magnetic fields could all be felt from one end of creation to the next when Yehudah drew near to Yosef in their battle for custody of Binyamin. Neither brother was willing to abandon Binyamin and that's what G-d wanted to know! When Yosef revealed his true identity to Yehudah and the others, they all realized that they could lay down their arms: It was all in G-d's hands!

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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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