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Obama & Bilaam: "May My Soul Die the Death of the Upright"
7/1/2014, 7:26 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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This week's Temple Talk is sad. It was recorded with a heavy heart, on
the day that the nation of Israel buries three young boys who were
brutally murdered for one reason only: Because they were Jews. After
18 harrowing days of uncertainty, the bodies of Eyal, Naftali and
Gilad, three holy children who succeeded in unifying our people, are
brought to rest. The juxtaposition of the conclusion of this tragedy
with the beginning of the month of Tammuz --  and more specifically,
with the weekly Torah reading of parashat Balak -- does not go
unnoticed by our hosts. What does the heathen prophet Bilaam have in
common with the leaders of the world today? Why did Balak and Bilaam
seek to curse the people of Israel? This week's edition of Temple Talk
is dedicated to the precious and blessed memory of Eyal Yifrach,
Naftali Frankel and Gilad Sha'ar. May G-d avenge their blood, amen.

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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