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Israel: MATOT – Galut: PINCHAS Readings

Israel: MATOT – Galut: PINCHAS Readings...

Israel: Matot (Numbers 30:2-32:42) Galut: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: »Divesting himself of any personal interests, Pinchas stands up, enters the fray and stops the plague devastating his brothers. He has literally outdone himself and achieves a new reality. So too, the daughters of Tzelaphchad petition Moshe and G-d Himself, out...
Israel: PINCHAS – Galut: BALAK Readings

Israel: PINCHAS – Galut: BALAK Readings...

Israel: Pinchas (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1) Galut: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: »What was it about the nation of Israel, perched on the east bank of the Jordan river, just weeks away from entering the land, that so terrified Balak and Bilaam and the rest of the players and power brokers that made up the nations of the world? Was it an impending...
Israel: Balak – Galut: Chukat Readings

Israel: Balak – Galut: Chukat Readings...

Israel: Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9) Galut: Chukat (Numbers 19:1-22:1): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: »The red heifer is the symbol of the reality of life, as opposed to the illusion of death that can grip us and render us unfit to stand in the presence of the Shechinah which fills the Holy Temple and its courtyards. The lives of Moshe, Aharon and Miriam, whose deaths occur...
Israel: KORACH – Galut: SHLACH LECHA

Israel: KORACH – Galut: SHLACH LECHA...

Israel: Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32) Galut: Shlach Lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: »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...
Israel: Shlach Lecha – Galut: Beha’alotcha Commentary

Israel: Shlach Lecha – Galut: Beha’alo...

Israel: Shlach Lecha (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41) Galut: Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: 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...
NASO and SHAVUOT Temple Institute Commentary

NASO and SHAVUOT Temple Institute Commentary...

Galut: Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) Israel: Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89): Commentary and Shavuot Greetings by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: From the Levitical responsibilities in the Tabernacle, to the ‚wayward‘ woman and the Nazir, to the priestly blessing first uttered by Aharon, to the identical gifts to G-d brought to the altar by the heads of all twelve tribes,...
Parashat BECHUKOTAI Temple Institute Commentary

Parashat BECHUKOTAI Temple Institute Commentary...

Israel: Bamidbar (Numbers1:1 – 4:20) Galut: Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both...
Parashat BEHAR Temple Institute Commentary

Parashat BEHAR Temple Institute Commentary...

Israel: Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34) Galut: Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both time...
Parashat EMOR Temple Institute Commentary

Parashat EMOR Temple Institute Commentary...

Israel: Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Galut: Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23): Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: The Holy Temple is not simply a unique place and time within which G-d’s presence dwells and can be experienced by all who enter. The Holy Temple, within which G-d’s presence is overwhelmingly in the here and now, shapes for all humanity, near and far,...
ACHAREI MOT and KEDOSHIM Video Commentary

ACHAREI MOT and KEDOSHIM Video Commentary...

Galut: Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1) || Israel: Kedoshim (19:1 – 20:27) Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel: „There are a number of bridges between the two parashiot Acharei Mot and Kedoshim.“ … You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy.“ How is that possible? What is required? How is it to be achieved? Parashat Kedoshim describes what it takes...

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