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Audio: Cycles of Celebration and Mourning in the Holy Temple Calendar

The Tenth of Tevet, Jerusalem and Jewish Siege Mentality: It's All in Our Heads.
12/11/2013, 7:54 AM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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As we conclude the book of Genesis with this week's Torah reading of Vayechi, we prepare for the annual fast of the Tenth day of Tevet, to be observed this Friday, commemorating the siege of Jerusalem by Babylonian king Nevuchadnezzer that ultimately led to the destruction of the First Temple. Isn't it rather odd that just days ago we were celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple during Chanukah, and now we are back to mourning its destruction? How do we understand this cycle, and the transformation from the joy of Kislev to the mourning of Tevet? After soloing Temple Talk for a full month, Yitzchak Reuven welcomes his co-host and army comrade Rabbi Chaim Richman back from his US speaking tour. Reunited at last, our hosts take a sobering, realistic look at the Kislev-Tevet Regression and Jewish siege mentality! 

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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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