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Parashat Shoftim and Operation Protective Edge
8/27/2014, 2:16 PM

A7 Radio's "Temple Talk" with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven
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The month of Elul has arrived! Elul is a time for teshuva (repentance), and resolve for the future. This week's edition of Temple Talk welcomes the beautiful month of Elul, a time of serious soul-searching, introspection and spiritual growth, in preparation for the coming Days of Awe. Our hosts remind us that this month's special propensity for getting things back on track applies not only to each individual, but is equally true on the national level. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman wonder aloud if our national teshuva for Elul might just win this war?! Or are we actually afraid to win? Should the IDF be 'containing' Hamas, 'restoring quiet,' or destroying the enemy? Echoes can be heard reverberating from this week's Torah portion of Shoftim, wherein we learn of the anointed priest who warns the Israelite soldiers before going out to battle: (Deut. Ch. 20) "Who is the man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, and let him not melt the heart of his fellows..."  

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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