Audio: Israel's Isolation: Blessing or Curse?

"The Place that I Will Choose" From the Beginning of Time
8/19/2014, 1:49 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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As we wind down the month of Menachem Av and prepare to welcome the month of Elul, this week's Torah portion of parashat Re'eh, which opens with a blessing and a curse, emphasizes the sanctity of the Land of Israel. That sanctity requires a high standard...the very first task entrusted to Israel upon entering the Land is to rid it of all vestiges of idolatry. 'You are children to Hashem your G-d,' the portions states...and everything about that relationship means that Israel is out there by herself.  In this week's edition of Temple Talk Yitchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman reflect upon Israel's place among the nations in the light of the world's reaction to Operation Protective Edge. Plus: The Temple Mount is mainstreamed by the Orthodox American establishment!

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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