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Parashat Shabbat VaEtchanan

Parashat Shabbat VaEtchanan...

© Lencer, Wiki Commons Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 || Isaiah 40:1-26 Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: „Moshe beseeches G-d simply to be allowed into the land of Israel where he can see „this good mountain and the Lebanon,“ understood by our sages as referring to the mountain of Jerusalem and the cedars of Lebanon of the Holy Temple. When Moshe later states...
DEVARIM and HAZON before TISHA beAW Video Commentary

DEVARIM and HAZON before TISHA beAW Video Commenta...

© Lencer, Wiki Commons Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 || Isaiah 1:1-27 Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: „How poignant, yet sweetly hopeful that this year the Torah reading of Devarim falls precisely on Tisha b’Av – the 9th of Av. On the very day of the destruction of the Holy Temple, Moshe rabbenu – Moses our master – speaks for the first time his own words...
Parashat Shabbat Matot-Masei Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat Matot-Masei Video Commentary...

Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 || Jeremiah 2:4-28+3:4+4:1-2   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »On the eve of their entry into the land of Israel, the children of Israel undergo intensive spiritual preparation in order to merit the settlement and occupation of the land set aside for them by G-d. Life inside the land of Israel is a reality unparalleled by life anywhere else on earth,...
Parashat Shabbat PINCHAS Readings and Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat PINCHAS Readings and Video Commen...

Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 || Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »True Torah leadership, that which parashat Pinchas extols, serves the people by standing before G-d and seeking His council in leading the nation. All the players in this week’s Torah reading, Pinchas, the daughters of Tzelaphchad, Moshe and Yehoshua, exhibit qualities of leadership, putting...
Parashat Shabbat BALAK Readings and Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat BALAK Readings and Video Commenta...

Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 || Micha 5:6 – 6:8   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »They struck terror in the hearts of Balak and Moav. They threatened to „lick up the earth like an ox licks up the green fields.“ Their very presence signified the end of the old order, their very existence augured a change in the way things are. Why? Because „they have covered the...
Parashat Shabbat CHUKAT Temple Talk Radio Commentary

Parashat Shabbat CHUKAT Temple Talk Radio Commenta...

Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 || Judges 11:1–33   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »This week we read the Torah portion of Chukat, featuring the great mystery of the Red Heifer as well as the Divine decree against Moshe entering into the Land of Israel. And as the people of Israel face the challenges of the month of Tammuz, this week’s hard-hitting edition of Temple Talk looks...
Parashat Shabbat KORACH Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat KORACH Video Commentary...

Numbers 16:1 – -18:32 || 1 Samuel 11:14 – 12:22   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »Brilliant, wealthy, influential, and tasked with transporting the Ark of the Covenant, Korach had it all. But it wasn’t enough. He wanted more. Korach wanted to usurp Moshe’s leadership and he wanted to commandeer Aharon’s role as Kohen Gadol. Like all who reach too far, Korach...
Parashat Shabbat Shlach Lecha Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat Shlach Lecha Video Commentary...

Numbers 13:1 – -15:41 || Joshua 2   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »The generation of the desert paid a high price for their lack of belief in themselves, but received the sweetest and most profound affirmation of G-d’s belief in them: the promise that their children will indeed enter the land, build the Holy Temple, and share time and space in the promised land and...
Parashat Shabbat Behaalotcha Video Commentary

Parashat Shabbat Behaalotcha Video Commentary...

Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 || Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: »Beha’alotcha and the art of complaining: The professional complainers in the desert turned complaining from a spontaneous response to discomfort into a premeditated attempt to change fate and flee from destiny, grumbling about everything from „my feet hurt“ to „I don’t...
Parashat NASO Readings and Video Commentary

Parashat NASO Readings and Video Commentary...

Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 || Judges 13:2-25   Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem: „Out in the desert the nation of Israel is instructed to set up her encampments around all four sides of the Tabernacle. This is not merely to provide equal access for all the tribes to the Tabernacle, nor is it merely for the purpose of defending the Tabernacle from outside threats, as essential as...

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