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Temple Talk is a weekly internet radio webcast with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute.

This week features:

A Tale of Passover, the Holy Temple, & Human Rights

To Renew the Passover Offering Today: The Height of Political Incorrectness

kidzr readyAll of Israel is preparing to observe the beloved holiday of Passover, the Festival of Freedom. This is a time of family gatherings and beautiful traditions. But Passover is also, quite literally, the birthday of Israel as a nation, and it marks the birth of the original human rights movement. This week’s kosher for Passover edition of Temple Talk focuses on what Passover’s message is really all about: Israel getting into the world’s face and taking a bold, brave stand for G-d in this world.

Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman are not content with matzo ball soup and a roasted turkey neck on the seder plate… join them as they discuss the people of Israel’s growing enthusiasm for bringing the Passover offering to the Holy Temple, this year in Jerusalem. Temple Talk wishes everyone a beautiful, fulfilling, happy and kosher Passover! Temple Talk will be on holiday during Passover week and will return again on Tuesday, the 22nd of Nisan/March. Chag Kasher V’Sameach!

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Thinking proper thoughts, intending proper intentions, effects every molecule of the environment in which we live, at least here in the land of Israel. With pure and proper intentions we can imbue our physical world with the Holy Shechinah  of HaShem.

Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)
Parashat Metzora is read on Shabbat:
Nisan 5, 5774/April 5, 2014

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If parashat Shmini  comes to tell us that we are what we eat, then parashat Tazria  tells us that our fate will follow what comes out of our mouth. Nega Tzarat, the spiritual affliction described in this week’s Torah reading affects people guilty of evil-speech, slander and conceit. Words intended to isolate and repudiate others cause the bearer of those words to find themselves isolated and ostracized

Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)
Parashat Tazria is read on Shabbat:
2 Adar 27, 5774/March 29, 2014

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Temple Talk is a weekly internet radio webcast with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute.

This week features:

Jonathan Pollard vs. Marwan Barghouti: Find the Cost of Freedom

Metzora, Corrupt Politicians & Eretz Yisrael: Removing the Blight in Our House

Jonathan PollardThis week, as Israel ushers in the glorious month of Nisan, time of rebirth and redemption, we will be reading Parashat Metzora, with its mysterious affliction of homes. The Torah reading intersects with rumors and rumbles reflecting on the shambles of the “peace” negotiations, Israel’s impending release of terrorists and its obscene connection to the possibility of America’s release of Jonathan Pollard, and the conviction of a former Prime Minister on charges of corruption. Leave it to the inimitable Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman to connect all these things and reveal how hand of the G-d of Israel can clearly be seen, guiding His people through time and history, on their journey home to the Land of Israel, and to the ultimate and final redemption… the theme of this month of redemption. A no-holds-barred edition of Temple Talk, not for the squeamish!

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Temple Talk is a weekly internet radio webcast with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute.

This week features:

Anniversaries, Homecomings and The Sanctification of G-d’s Name

The Secret of Purity: Get Out of the Exile and Come Home to Israel!

stretch timeCelebrating our relationship with G-d, finishing the tabernacle and looking forward to the Holy Temple, and coming home to the Land of Israel are the interwoven themes in this week’s surprising edition of Temple Talk. Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman also provide an exclusive sneak-peak description of this year’s Fifth Annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day special broadcast, coming up on Sunday March 30th.

Back in 1977, good ole  Andy Griffith appeared in a television commercial for Nabisco’s Ritz Crackers and coined the phrase “everything tastes great when it sits on a Ritz.”  Since then, the expression “to sit on the Ritz”  has come to mean anything excellent — ritzy. As in swanky, elegant, posh. As in, perhaps, the quality of Jewish life in the lands of their exile? Now you can have your bacon flavor and eat it, too: Ritz has a new cracker with artificial bacon flavor that is certified kosher. Why is that a big deal, or even newsworthy? Is it a reason for Rabbi Richman to go ballistic and once again demonstrate total political incorrectness? Imitation bacon flavor with rabbinical supervision; is this a sign of the success of American Jewry; that we’ve made it and are “here to stay?”  Not according to G-d’s word to the prophet Ezekiel, who states that… um… actually, the worst desecration of His holy name is the simple fact that the Jewish people remain in the lands of their exile. And the greatest sanctification of His name will only happen when the Jewish people come home to the Land of Israel. So how are we to understand that the same organization which certifies imitation bacon-flavor crackers, roundly criticizes Israeli rabbis for standing up to John Kerry’s fire sale of the Land of Israel?

(see http://advocacy.ou.org/2014/rabbinical-council-america-orthodox-union-repudiate-statement-israeli-rabbis-denouncing-secretary-state-kerry/)

Am I hearing you right? If you dare, listen to this week’s Temple Talk, and decide for yourself.

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“You are what you eat.”  This modern catchphrase finds its most perfect expression in the concluding verses of parashat Shmini: “For I am the Lord your G-d, and you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.”  (Lev. 11:44) This is the only reason offered for the long list of living creatures that we can and can’t eat that precedes it. We can bring a taste of the Holy Temple to our own tables by regarding every morsel we place within our mouths as no less real than an offering upon the altar.

Shmini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)
Parashat Shmini is read on Shabbat:
2 Adar 20, 5774/March 22, 2014

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Temple Talk is a weekly internet radio webcast with Rabbi Chaim Richman and Yitzchak Reuven of the Temple Institute.

This week features:

Where Nadav & Avihu Went Wrong: Making a Moment Last Forever

Parashat Shmini & the Challenge of the Human Condition: Keep Kosher & Get High!

stretch timeThis week’s Torah portion of parashat Shmini  features the tragic death of the High Priest Aaron’s sons Nadav  and Avihu, struck down by Heavenly wrath. What sin exacted such harsh punishment? From the Torah’s account, it seems clear: They brought a “strange,”  unauthorized fire. But it’s also clear that they were looking to honor the Creator and deeply desired to keep the excitement of the moment of the Tabernacle’s inauguration alive. These two great, righteous men were not satisfied with the old fare; “same old, same old” just wouldn’t do it for them. But then again, none of us should ever be satisfied with routine. Keeping things fresh and new is the name of the game, but how to that and yet remain within the lines is the subject of this week’s edition of Temple Talk. Newness and the sense of awe and wonder at the unexplained are also an aspect of the special Torah reading this Shabbat, the Numbers chapter 19 ordinance of the Red Heifer. Join us for an edition of Temple Talk dedicated to the battle against complacency!

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