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CHUKAT – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

    Please note that parashat BALAK is being read in the land of Israel this Shabbat.

Galut: „CHUKAT“: Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 || Judges 11:1-33

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Thin Red Line: Parashat Chukat describes so many seemingly unrelated events, yet it is the profound fundamental truth contained in the commandment of the red heifer – parah adumah – that ties all these events so tightly together»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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KEDOSHIM – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Please note that parashat EMOR is being read in the land of Israel this Shabbat.
Galut KEDOSHIM: Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 || Amos 9:7-15 [Seph: Ezekiel 20:2-20]

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“Be holy!“ G-d commands us, „for I, HaShem your G-d, am holy.“ Just as G-d loves man, so are we to love our fellow man and treat him accordingly. This is how G-d expects us to fulfill His commandment to be holy. Not by stepping back away from the world, but by stepping in: be holy – be engaged»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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TETZAVEH – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 || Ezekiel 43:10-27

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Appointing Aharon and his descendants to tend to the service in the Tabernacle/Holy Temple was G-d’s first instruction to Moshe following the commandment to build for G-d a Sanctuary. G-d desires man, as represented by the kohanim (priests) to enter into His sacred space and renew the connection G-d enjoyed with man, when He first created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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MISHPATIM – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Exodus 21:1 – 24:18 || Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“And these are the ordinances“ which follow the giving of the Ten Commandments… ordinances which encompass the entirety of our life experiences, each and every moment of our days and nights, and enable us, through their observance, to lift up our earthly lives and connect our earth-bound reality to the Source of our existence in heaven»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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NITZAVIM and Rosh HaShana Blessing Video

Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20 || Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«We are all standing before HaShem today, as we reaffirm our covenant with Him and our commitment to life: “ …love HaShem, your G-d, walk in His ways, and observe His commandments, His statutes, and His ordinances, so that you will live and increase, and HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in the land… “ (Deut. 30:16) Shana Tova! Blessings for a good year to all»…more:

Shabbat Shalom veShana Tova
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KI TEITZEI – Shabbat Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19 || Isaiah 54:1-10

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«74 of the Torah’s 613 commandments, which are, in fact, G-d’s sage suggestions for us to live life by, are found in parashat Ki Teitzei – „When you go out to war against your enemies… “ Living by this code keeps G-d close as we make our way through life in the world G-d created»…more:

Shabbat Shalom
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CHUKAT – Shabbat Video Commentary

Numbers 19:1 – 22:1 || Judges 11:1-33

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Thin Red Line: Parashat Chukat describes so many seemingly unrelated events, yet it is the profound fundamental truth contained in the commandment of the red heifer – parah adumah – that ties all these events so tightly together»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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Tzav & Important Passover Message

Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 || Malachi 3:4-24

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«G-d calls upon us to draw closer to Him, and commands us as to how to do so. The book of Leviticus opens with a call to Israel to draw closer by bringing offerings. Only when we have decided to do so do the commandments enumerated in this week’s parashat Tzav, (literally, „command“), kick in. The same applies for the Korban Pesach, the Passover offering. It is a declaration of independence for the nation of Israel, but as such is only effective when we wholeheartedly choose to perform G-d’s commandment»…more:

Shabbat Shalom vePesach Sameach
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TERUMAH – Shabbat Video Commentary

Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 || I Kings 5:26 – 6:13

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“As you have been shown on the mountain“ G-d tells Moshe three times concerning the commandment to build the Tabernacle and its sacred vessels. To what vision, what plan, what blueprint is G-d referring? Just what did Moshe and the children of Israel see on Mount Sinai, what did G-d show them? And how was that glimpse of G-d’s overwhelming Oneness to be embodied and reflected in the Holy Temple and its vessels, renewing and reliving every day our incredible closeness to G-d»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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MISHPATIM – Shabbat Video Commentary

Exodus 21:1 – 24:18; 30:11-16 || II Kings 12:1-17

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Compassion is the key that unlocks the secret of this week’s Parashat Mishpatim, which opens with the Hebrew bondsman, and this Shabbat’s additional reading of parashat Shekalim, which describes the commandment of the half-shekel»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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