A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Are you listening to this week's edition of Temple Talk, or have you just entered the Twilight Zone? In this week's Torah portion of parashat Bo, the ancient Egyptians suffer through the last three plagues: locusts, darkness and the slaying of the first born. Perhaps they asked the same question as they witnessed the substance of their very reality crumbling before their eyes. Here in Israel, we also might be wondering the same: Can this be for real? As the holy month of Shevat, the time of renewal arrives, are we really preparing to release more murderers as a pre-condition for "peace?" Enter a bumbling cartoon character. With apologies to Jim Backus, Rabbi Richman re-introduces the character of Mr. Magoo, nearsighted to a fault, who will now be filling in for the Secretary of State. Mr. Magoo prepares to return to Israel to inflict more damage, and not since Jack Nicholson descended into madness in "The Shining" have the words "Honey, I'm home" sounded so terrifying.
Plus: Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman discuss the banned, highly controversial State Comptroller's Report on the Temple Mount. Oh, just a sec...someone's knocking at the door...
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION BO: Are you afraid of the dark?.Take comfort, fear of darkness afflicts many. But what if you are afraid of the light? The darkness that enveloped Pharaoh and his Egyptian subjects in the penultimate of the ten plagues was nothing more nor less than their all-consuming fear of the light of G-d's truth.
UNSUPERVISED WAKF CONSTRUCTION/DESTRUCTION ON TEMPLE MOUNT CONTINUES! Just last week the long suppressed government report from 2010 citing a years long trend of governmental abandonment of the Temple Mount to the Muslim Wakf was published for the first time creating much public criticism, and yet the willful abandonment continues!
GOVERNMENT COVER-UP EXPOSED: TEMPLE MOUNT: COMPTROLLER'S REPORT 2010: On September 14th, 2010, Israel's State Comptroller published a 63 page Hebrew report, (English abridged translation is 47 pages), examining government policy concerning the Temple Mount. Prime Minister Netanyahu was so alarmed by the grave nature of the report that he immediately set out to have it suppressed. Only this past week has it been published for the first time for all to see.
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.