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Archive for ‍‍ Tevet / Shevat 5774 - January 2014

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

This week features:

Jewish Destiny: To Flourish or to Merely Survive?

The Sinai Revelation and the State of Israel: You and I Can Change the World

Sinai on My MindThis week’s Torah portion of Yitro  features the giving of the Torah at the Sinai Revelation, the seminal event in Israel’s history and the ultimate game-changer in the history of the world. But in this week’s rousing edition of Temple Talk, our hosts ask for what purpose was Torah given to Israel? Torah is about changing Israel, and about Israel changing the world. And it seems that on account of this, as we can testify to on a daily basis, the world is dead-set on changing Israel… join us this week on Temple Talk as Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Richman connect the dots between Sinai, the transcendent Holy Temple experience, the passing of Ariel Sharon and other recent, difficult events in Israel. The fine line that connects between them all is, as ever, the immense and immutable personal responsibility that true commitment to Torah means for each and every one of us.

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Bread from heaven: What a beautiful way for G-d to show His people how much He loves them! The manna which sustained Israel for forty years in the desert was replaced upon entering the land by bread which sprouts from the earth, a process no less miraculous than manna, and an expression no less poignant of G-d’s love for Israel.

Bo (Exodus 13:17-17:16)
Parashat Beshalach is read on Shabbat:
Shevat 10 Beshalach, 5774/January 11, 2014

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Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak

“Now, there was found in it a man who was poor but wise” refers to the intellect. It is termed “poor” because its followers and supporters are few, as it says further: “Yet no one remembered this poor man …. The poor man’s wisdom is despised” (Koheles 9:15-16).

The substance of the story is that, despite the intellect’s weakness, when it combats the evil inclination the latter quickly submits to it, and the threat posed to man by the evil inclination is easily dispelled. For a little truth overcomes much falsehood, just as a little light dispels much darkness.

One can draw inspiration from this story to combat one’s passion and to stand up to one’s baser instinct with vigor and perseverance, because it demonstrates the inability of the evil inclination to stand before the intellect, and the speed with which falls before it. As it says in Scripture, “The evil bow low before the good” (Mishlei 14:19).

Dedicated to Levi Lester ben Chasa

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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:

Parashat B’Shalach: What is Reality, and What is Illusion?

The Righteous Women of Israel: Prepared and Poised for Revealed Miracles

Bloody Sword of PeaceFresh out of Egypt, in this week’s parashat B’Shalach  the Israelites stand silhouetted by the sea, the Egyptian empire about to return into sand, their memory driven deep beneath the waves. Their definition of reality was about to change forever as they realized that it was nothing but a world of illusion at their door. Fast forward now, same week but this year, as the faithful Jewish people in the Land of Israel must also distinguish between reality and illusion, as forces appear to be aligning against the people, the land, and the G-d of Israel. But the month of Shevat  is about realizing our own potential for growth, and realizing that it is up to us to make G-d’s dreams come true…

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