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VAYEITZEI – Video Commentary On This Shabbat

Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 || Hosea 11:7 – 12:12

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Why was it so urgent for Yaakov to stop at that specific place at that specific moment as he was fleeing from his brother’s murderous wrath? Why did G-d warp time and space to make it happen? What happens when our path intersects with G-d’s will?»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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EMOR and BEHAR Shabbat Video Commentary

Israel: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2 | Commentary
Galut: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 || Isaiah 44:15-31

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Parashat Emor, in its entirety, from its rules concerning the fitness of kohanim, to its roster of the annual festivals and holy days, and right to the commandment to kindle the golden menorah and place freshly baked show-bread upon the golden show-bread table, and concluding with the incident of the blasphemer, is a lesson in how we are to live our lives, day by day, in the presence of G-d in the world»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Video Commentary and 70th Birthday Salute to Israel

Israel: Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27
Galut: Lev. 12:1 – 15:33 || 2 Kings 7:3-20

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“You shall be holy, for I, HaShem, your G-d, am holy.“ What does it mean to be holy? How are we to achieve it as individuals? And how are we to achieve it as a nation?»…more:

70th Birthday Salute to Israel from the Temple Mount:

Temple Talk Radio: Celebrating Modern Miracles of Biblical Proportions >>

Shabbat Shalom

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Israel: Shlach Lecha – Galut: Beha’alotcha Commentary

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 „my feet hurt“ to „I don’t wanna eat my manna!“ …more:

Shabbat Shalom

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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 Naso is all about G-d’s embracing His people and all the challenges that face them day after day…more:“

Shabbat Shalom ve Shavuot Sameach

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Parashat Shabbat Matot – Masei Video Commentary

Numbers 30:2 till 36:13; Jeremia 2:4 till 28 + 3:4 + 4:1-2

Video commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, Temple Institute Jerusalem:

©  Lencer, Wiki Commons

© Lencer, Wiki Commons

„Possessing a G-d consciousness, being aware every moment that we live in G-d’s world, and to act accordingly, this is the role of Israel as a nation and for each of us as individuals. For Israel this reality ultimately can only be realized within the borders of the land of Israel. Those who strive for it will enter. Those who shrink from it will not.

It is a theme of awareness, who are we as people?“
Watch the entire viedo commentary:

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Metzora Readings and Commentary

Leviticus 14:1–15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20

Video Commentary of Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
The individual suffering from tzarat can bear the affliction within the walls of their house, the clothing that they wear, or upon their own flesh. While the affliction causes a debilitating physical reaction, it is essentially a spiritual wake-up call. Acknowledging one’s shortcomings and approaching the attending kohen is the beginning of a spiritual recovery, which leads to its own reward…

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Pinchas Reading and Video Commentary

Numbers 25:10-30:1; Jeremiah 1:1 -2:3

Video commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman
(The Temple Insitute Jerusalem):

Liberalism is a phycological disorder, an if that’s the only way to correct them then so be it. Also I don’t believe that Pinchas is Elijah pre-carnate though it would be understandable (to me) if you claimed that he acted in the same righteous spirit. Peace be with you…

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Shabbat Naso Video Commentary

Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25

This parashat Naso tells us about to treat jealousy in a marriage, about tests between husbands and wives. Next theme is the Priestly Blessing saying (Birkat Kohanim – Numbers 6:24–26):
Yewarechecha Adonai we-yischmerecha.
Ya’er Adonai panaw elecha we-yechunekha.
Yissa Adonai panaw elecha we-yassem lecha Schalom!
May Adonai bless you and guard you
May Adonai make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
May Adonai lift up his face onto you and give you peace

Watch the video commentary on this Shabbat Naso, also spelled Nasso, by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Reading and Commentary Ki Tissa (When you take a census), Exodus 30:11–34:35; 1 Kings 18:1-39

Shabbat Commentary for 9th week, 2008,
Shabbat Reading Ki Tissa (When you take a census), Exodus 30:11–34:35; 1 Kings 18:1-39
By Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem

Briefly ahead in matter PURIM: Since we are in the Shmita-year and at the same time in a leap year, we have 13 months this year!! That is two Adar month (aleph and beth). In this case, the Feast of Esther, Purim, is always celebrated at the Second Adar (Adar Beth) – therefore it falls this year on the 21 March!!

Commentary:
This weekly portion (parasha) begins with ransom (kofer nefesh) and atonement money (kessef kippurim) in the value of “half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary” for every man over 20. “The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the LORD to make atonement for yourselves.” (30:15). read more…

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