A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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We say goodbye to the Book of Leviticus and once again find ourselves in the wilderness as we begin our reading of the Book of Numbers. Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven say fare thee well to Leviticus while taking note of Leviticus' parting words of advice to us: Be the best you can be and the land promised you by G-d will welcome you with open arms.
Preparing for their imminent entry into the land of Israel the children of Israel raise their tribal banners and take their rightful places side by side, encircling the Holy Tabernacle within. Today in the land of Israel more and more Jews are raising the banner of G-d and and streaming in numbers to the Temple Mount, the living, breathing heart of the nation.
This week at the Temple Institute
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: BAMIDBAR: The twelve flags of the twelve tribes of Israel: From where did they come? What did they signify? Why was Israel so desirous of these twelve flags? "He brought me to his chamber of wine, and his flag above me was love." Song of Songs 2:4
The twelve flags were expressions of Israel's longing to be focused on G-d and His purpose for us in this world.
TEMPLE VESSELS: THE LYRE: The lyre played in the Holy Temple had seven strings. According to tradition, the lyre which will be played in the rebuilt Holy Temple will have ten strings. The lyre made for the Temple Institute has ten strings and its design is based on an ancient 2nd Temple era coin. Torah also refers to this as the “ten-stringed harp,” (Esor).https://www.templeinstitute.org/donate-fb1.htm
SEFIRAT HA'OMER: THE COUNTING OF THE OMER: Take a tour each day around the Temple Mount as we count the Omer.
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: InfoTempleInstitute@gmail.com