A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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Last week we received the Torah anew on the holiday of Shavuot, and we're all inspired and raring to go. But along comes this week's Torah portion, Shelach, and once again its that time of year again...we cringe over the ten spies' evil report against the Land of Israel, and the terrible consequences of their actions: the decree of Tisha B'Av which ultimately lead to the destruction of the Holy Temple, and every subsequent Jewish tragedy. Does history have to repeat itself? Can we fix this glitch in the matrix by embracing the Land of Israel with unconditional love? On this week's stellar edition of Temple Talk, here sit Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman somewhat impatiently, waiting to find out what price you have to go to get out of, going through all these things twice. Our hosts are joined in the studio by special guests, the Davis family, straight from the heart of Texas, who take the mics for the show's second half, and present a passionate and compelling telling of their tight connection to the Temple Mount, and the Land of Israel. A classic Temple Talk!
This week at the Temple Institute:
WEEKLY TORAH PORTION: SHELACH: Twelve righteous men are sent to "spy" on the land of Israel. Ten return with an evil report, slandering the land of Israel. What went wrong? Narrow and short-sighted self-interest? Or was there a fundamental misunderstanding of Torah and G-d's expectations of man in this world? Our generation today has been granted by G-d the opportunity to repair the devastating damage of the evil report and bring His light into the world.
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: HATE AND HOPE ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: The Post's reporter for Jerusalem tours holy site with Rabbi Chaim Richman, international director of the Temple Institute.
LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE TEMPLE MOUNT: On June 4th, 2014 the holiday of Shavuot, Jews were forbidden by police from ascending the Temple Mount. Muslims on the Temple Mount had threatened violence should Jews ascend the Mount.
On June 5th, Jews were permitted to return to the Temple Mount. Instead of throwing stones, Muslims were playing soccer on the sacred ground of the Temple Mount.
Playing soccer on the Temple Mount is strictly forbidden by law...
yet the police don't enforce the law.
Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is guaranteed by Israeli law...
yet the police don't allow it.
Time to stop playing games.
Time to ensure the right to pray.
Time to enforce the law on the Temple Mount.
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