This week features:
A Temple Talk Exclusive: The Amazing World of Mr. Magoo
The State Comptroller’s Temple Mount Report, and the Ominous Knock at the Door
Are you listening to this week’s edition of Temple Talk, or have you just entered the Twilight Zone? In this week’s Torah portion of parashat Bo, the ancient Egyptians suffer through the last three plagues: locusts, darkness and the slaying of the first born. Perhaps they asked the same question as they witnessed the substance of their very reality crumbling before their eyes. Here in Israel, we also might be wondering the same: Can this be for real? As the holy month of Shevat, the time of renewal arrives, are we really preparing to release more murderers as a pre-condition for “peace?” Enter a bumbling cartoon character. With apologies to Jim Backus, Rabbi Richman re-introduces the character of Mr. Magoo, nearsighted to a fault, who will now be filling in for the Secretary of State. Mr. Magoo prepares to return to Israel to inflict more damage, and not since Jack Nicholson descended into madness in “The Shining” have the words “Honey, I’m home” sounded so terrifying.
Plus: Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman discuss the banned, highly controversial State Comptroller’s Report on the Temple Mount. Oh, just a sec… someone’s knocking at the door…