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RE’EH – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17 || Isaiah 66:1-24

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«As Moshe readies his people for their entry into the land of Israel and the establishment of a Torah-based just society, he introduces the concept of „the place which HaShem your G-d shall choose,“ suggesting that the location of the future Holy Temple is unknown. Yet, from the days of Adam, Avraham and Yaakov, the location of the Holy Temple has been known. Has G-d really not yet chosen the place of His Chosen House? or is G-d simply waiting for Israel to choose likewise, and build the Holy Temple?»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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The Festival of Shavuot

    Please note that parashat NASO is being read in the land of Israel this Shabbat.
    Galut: BEMIDBAR: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 || Hosea 2:1-22

The Festival of Shavuot
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

«Like the Torah itself, Shavuot, the holiday which celebrates the receiving of Torah at Sinai, is multifaceted. Not only does Shavuot merit a multiple of names, its meaning and its observance incorporate a multitude of messages. But ultimately, the unified message of Shavuot is to celebrate the receiving of Torah everyday, by making it come to life, in our lives, and in this world. Chag Sameach – have a happy and meaningful Shavuot»…more:

Shabbat Shalom veShavuot Sameach

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PESACH Passover – Festival of Freedom

    Reading on Passover Evening, the Seder (order): Haggadah
    Day 1 Pesach: Hallel, Ex.12:21-51; Num.28:16-25 || Joshuah 3:5-7 & 5:2 – 6:1 & 6:27
    Day 2 Hallel / Lev. 22:26-23:44 / Num. 28:16-25 || 1 Kings 23:1-9+21-25
    Day 7: half Hallel; Ex. 13:17 – 15:26; Num. 28:19-25 || 2 Sam. 22
    Day 8 Sabbath:-“-; Song of Songs; Deut.14:22 – 16:17; Num. 28:19-25 || Isa. 10:32 – 12:6; Yiskor (Bereavement of Judaism)

Temple Talk Radio: The Hairsbreadth of Difference Between Chametz and Matzah
The Passover Offering & World Opinion: Just Do It
The ‘Speaking Mouth’ of Passover: Letting the World Know that G-d is One
«Passover, the Festival of Freedom, commences this Shabbat! Join Yitzchak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman for a special Passover edition of Temple Talk, featuring discussions on many of the festival’s themes, including the eternal covenant of the korban Pesach (the Passover offering), and the subtle, hairsbreadth difference between chametz (leavened foods) and matzah!« …more:

Best wishes from Temple Talk for a joyous and kosher Passover

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Chanuka Lights Across the World

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Once a year
heavenly light will be close to us.

Meant is not the Christ but in a very different way Jesus of whom a Jewish tradition says:
“Now it was the Feast of Dedication [Hebrew: Hanukkah] in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.” (Gospel of John 10:22). To make a long story short, Jesus was a regular rabbi coming from Nazareth who refueled on the Temple Feast of Dedication and was about – like every other rabbi around the globe till the time being – to bring The Light into the world because “I [the LORD] have called You [Israel] in righteousness, and will hold Your hand; I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles, to open blind eyes” (Isaiah 42:6).
Sh’ma Israel:
“The LORD our God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart:”
Change the world, You, who are chosen! Bring My Light to the Gentiles, O Israel! That is what – like Jesus – the Lubavitcher Chassidim today do on Hanukkah on behalf of His Israel in U.S. cities and all over the nations.

It is the Jews who were chosen to open the blind eyes of the Gentiles / nations, not visa versa! Even if the church wants us to do the opposite credible – the decision and love of God, baruch HaShem, is eternal: “I will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations” (Isaiah 25:7). The victory is Me – not the church. That is the story behind, that a small group of Jews (Maccabees and Jews in total compared to the world and the church) were victorious over the hundred times larger Syrian-Greek conversion heer in 164 BCE (→ Seleucid Empire), but after all in the devastated temple of God in Jerusalem was only a single pot of kosher oil for the eternal light to find. Not more than one day, this amount would have been enough oil, but by a heavenly miracle, the light burned for eight days. Which is precisely the time it took to complete the procedure for obtaining new kosher oil. Since that time celebrated all the faithful believers, religious and non-religious one, these eight days a year as Hanukkah (Hebrew: consecration / dedication), till our Second Temple was destroyed . . . by the Romans!

The same Romans had financed with the spoils of the 66 – 70 CE wars against Israel and the destruction of God’s Temple, the construction of the Colosseum from year 72 on (see German Wikipedia which is obviously not allowed to be translated in the American Wikipedia considering tourism collapse from Overseas might be) and later on founded their new religion against God, His Temple, His People, His Shabbat . . . and not least against the teachings of Jesus. . .

  • Was it Jesus who – as one of His People a model of all mankind – put Satan to flight with the words of the Holy Scriptures (Deut. 6:13): “You shall worship the LORD your God, and HIM ONLY you shall serve.” Rome made Jesus himself, of all warnings to the contrary, the God, their own Lord.
  • Did Jesus warned, „Moses [Torah] and the prophets [Neviim] to hear and obey“ in order not to arrive at „the place of eternal torment“ instead of eternal life (Luke 16:28), then Romans cultured their own scriptures, which they sanctified and in them is to read to this day, that “ therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech – unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded [instead of that Jews shall open the eyes of the Gentiles – see above]. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [such as to murder Israel in Jewish-Roman Wars, Crusades or Luther’s Reichskristallnacht] But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. “(2 Cor. 3:12 ff).

But Adonai, Adon Olam, remains the same (Isaiah 60), He yesterday . . .
. . . and You One in Him today on Hanukkah? . . .
“Arise, shine; for Your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon You. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over You, and His glory will be seen upon You. The Gentiles shall come to Your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
. . . wherever You are!

Hag Hanukkah Sameach
Eric C. Martienssen

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Kristallnacht – Luther’s Birthday Party

Considered scientifically → see „Social Market Economy: The case of Germany“ page 42 para 4:
„The question to be asked here is of political nature and is whether the reason for the Reichskristallnacht of November 9/10, 1938, is in any way connected to Martin Luther’s birthday which is November 10. Critics of Luther‘ antisemitism state that the attacks, destructions and burnings of Jewish shops and synagogues by the Nazis were seen as an opportunity to honour Luther on his anniversary by doing what he had said in his teachings on Jews: destroy their shops, burn their synagogues, etc.“

Luther literally:

    Firstly, that their synagogues or schools be set on fire and, what may not burn, be heaped over with earth, so that no human being could see a stone or cinder for ever. And such should be done to honour our Lord and Christianity, so that God may see that we are Christians.“ ————————————————————————————–
    In Old-German-Wording: „Erstlich, das man jre Synagoga oder Schule mit feur anstecke und, was nicht verbrennen will, mit erden überheufe und beschütte, das kein Mensch ein stein oder schlacke davon sehe ewiglich. Und solches sol man thun, unserm Herrn und der Christenheit zu ehren damit Gott sehe, das wir Christen seien.“

What one can hardly dare to pronounce about Martin Luther and his Lutherans, the Germans, the Kristallnacht (also „Night of Broken Glass“, „Reichskristallnacht“, „Pogromnacht“, „Novemberpogrome“), and the world against Israel and the jews nowadays, the following video will, at least, try:

In deep mourning (German: KRISTALLNACHT – Feierte man in Luthers Geburtstag?)
Eric C. Martienssen

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Condolence card - Mourning card

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From Yom Kippur to Sukkot

Temple Talk Radio: From Yom Kippur to Sukkot: Renewal, Joy, and Prophecy

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Sukkah: Escaping into the Divine Embrace Ushpizin (Guests) in the Sukkah and the Divine Attributes. The joyous festival of Sukkot is approaching, and the hosts of Temple Talk prepare to head into their temporary booths, to bask in the radiance of the Divine Presence and to prepare for a whole new world. Join Yitzhak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman for a special Sukkot edition of Temple Talk that provides special inspiration and insight into this unique holiday. Note: Temple Talk will break for the Sukkot holiday next week and will resume with a new broadcast on October 17, 2017. Chag Sameach to all our listeners»…more:

Gemar Chatima Tova! May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

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Yom Kippur Blessings

Leviticus 16; Numbers 29:7-11 || Isaiah 57:14 – 58:14 || Leviticus 18:1-30; entirely Jona; Micha 7:18-20

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Yom Kippur is a chance to start anew and rewrite our own history with G-d’s blessing. If only we believe in ourselves as much as G-d believes in us, we can not only change our own lives, but change the world, as well»…more:

Gemar Chatima Tova! May we all be written and sealed in the Book of Life!

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46 min Temple Talk Rosh haShana and Parashat Radio

Temple Talk Radio by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
between Parashat Nitzavim-Vayelech and Rosh haShana…more:

Shabbat Shalom and Shana tova
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Shabbat SHOFTIM Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9 || Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“Be wholehearted with HaShem, your G-d,“ we are told. We need to be comfortable with our selves and confident that G-d has blessed us with all that we need for the moment that we are in. Tomorrow, when it arrives, will carry the same blessing we enjoyed today»…more:

Shabbat Shalom
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Shabbat Re’eh Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17 || Isaiah 54:11 – 55:5

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“I set before you today… I command you today… I command you this day…“ It’s all about today. Life is today. Serving G-d is today. Walking in His way is today. Choosing between right and wrong, blessing and curse, whether we serve G-d, or whether we serve ourselves… is today»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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