A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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As the entire people of Israel read the weekly Torah portions that describe the desert Tabernacle, forerunner of the Holy Temple, and all the details of its appointments, Temple Talk takes umbrage at those who think that the more we study, and the nicer we behave, well.... suddenly the Holy Temple will materialize. Is it possible to divest a Torah commandment of its simple and plain meaning? What happened to our reasoning during the long exile? This week's amazing edition of Temple Talk grapples with the true meaning of the Torah's commandment to erect a house for G-d, and our hosts take a long, hard look at G-d's plans for His people Israel, vs. the rules that the nations of the world try to foist upon Israel.
This week at the Temple Talk:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: TETZAVE: Love and marriage: This is the story of the building of the Tabernacle in the desert. G-d so loved His people Israel that He could not bear to wait until they entered the land before they would build for Him a sanctuary. He ordered a temporary, portable sanctuary that would enable Him to dwell among Israel even during their forty year desert sojourn, so that they could begin at once their life together.
GARMENTS OF THE KOHANIM AND THE KOHEN GADOL: "And draw near to yourself Aharon your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to me in the priest's office; Aharon, Nadav, and Avihu, Elazar, and Itamar, the sons of Aharon. And you shall make sacred garments for Aharon your brother, for honor and for beauty. And you shall speak to all who are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aharon's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister to me in the priest's office. And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, and an ephod, and a robe, and a quilted undercoat, a mitre, and a girdle; and they shall make holy garments for Aharon your brother, and his sons, that he may minister to me in the priest's office ... "
IN HONOR OF THE TORAH PORTIONS FOCUSING ON THE TABERNACLE: THE TEMPLE VESSELS: We present a window into the work of the Temple Institute, showcasing the restoration of the Temple vessels, all kosher for use in the soon to be rebuilt Third Temple, made according to the exact requirements and specifications of Biblical law.
HELP TO BUILD THE HOLY TEMPLE IN OUR TIME: This week we read parashat Terumah, (Exodus 25:1-27:19), the 1st of the Torah readings focused on the building of the desert Tabernacle, (the prototype for the Holy Temple), and all the sacred vessels, in which appears the commandment, "And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them."
For nearly 3 decades, the Temple Institute of Jerusalem has led the way in preparing for the re-establishment of the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah. The Institute is dedicated to every aspect of this very commandment, “And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.”
For the next few weeks we will be featuring beautiful photographs of the sacred vessels recreated by the Temple Institute, ready for use in the Holy Temple.
Please donate generously to help the sacred work of the Temple Institute! Every contribution helps to rebuild the Holy Temple in our Time!
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.