This week features:
Parashat Bechukotei and Rabbi Akiva’s Vision of Consolation
The Word From G-d, and It’s Not Politically Correct: Galut is Death, Period
The Book of Leviticus concludes this week with parashat Bechukotei, a Torah portion that features beautiful words of idyllic blessing guaranteeing Israel’s future when she but heeds her covenant with the Al-mighty. Conversely, harsh words of admonition describe the nation’s fate if she turns her back on G-d and puts her faith in “happenstance;” that leads to exile, tantamount to death itself. But Whoa! Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman conclude that it is up to Israel to turn the woe into whoa! and simply get with the program, in tune with the flow of all creation. No wonder this Torah portion, which hinges upon our realization of G-d’s hand upon us at all times and under all circumstances, leads us right up to the joyous celebration of Jerusalem Day, 5772, a day which reveals great Divine providence and G-d’s protection, even as He brings us out of the exile and back home to the Land of Israel. This week’s edition of Temple Talk is one for the Hall of Fame!