This week features:
Cycles of Celebration and Mourning in the Holy Temple Calendar
The Tenth of Tevet, Jerusalem and Jewish Siege Mentality: It’s All in Our Heads
As we conclude the book of Genesis with this week’s Torah reading of Vayechi, we prepare for the annual fast of the Tenth day of Tevet, to be observed this Friday, commemorating the siege of Jerusalem by Babylonian king Nevuchadnezzer that ultimately led to the destruction of the First Temple. Isn’t it rather odd that just days ago we were celebrating the re-dedication of the Temple during Chanukah, and now we are back to mourning its destruction? How do we understand this cycle, and the transformation from the joy of Kislev to the mourning of Tevet? After soloing Temple Talk for a full month, Yitzchak Reuven welcomes his co-host and army comrade Rabbi Chaim Richman back from his US speaking tour. Reunited at last, our hosts take a sobering, realistic look at the Kislev-Tevet Regression and Jewish siege mentality!