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NASO – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

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

Galut: „NASO“: Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 || Judges 13:2-25

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«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 each of these things are. The Tabernacle was stationed at the heart of the nation so that the entire nation and all its individuals would embody its principle of holiness and embrace the challenge of making holy our lives even when outside the courtyards of the Holy Temple»…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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VAYIKRA – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26 || Deut. 25:17-19 || 1 Sam.15:2-34

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Now that G-d has rested His presence in the newly built Tabernacle, He has no greater desire than to enable man to ennoble his spirit and burnish the divine image in which he was created via the korbanot drawing near offerings which are the heart of the Tabernacle/Holy Temple service»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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MIKETZ – Video Commentary On This Shabbat

Genesis 41:1 – 44:17; G. 7:42-53 & 28:9-15 || Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7; Isaiah 66:1-24

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The light that Yosef shed on Pharaoh’s dreams is none other than the light of Chanukah, the hidden light of creation and the light of the Holy Temple. It is the light which comes to shine upon us and upon our world the moment we recognize G-d’s hand in everything»…more:

Shabbat Shalom veChanukah Sameach

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Shabbat SHELACH Video Commentary

Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 || Joshua 2

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 share time and space in the promised land and at the chosen place with the one true eternal G-d of Israel»…more:


Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim Video Commentary

Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27 || Amos 9:7-15

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:


Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat KI TAVO Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 || Isaiah 60:1-22
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Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The bringing of the first-fruits to the Holy Temple is the supreme reality check by which we recognize G-d’s constant presence in our lives, and the undeniable fact that all we have is by virtue of His desire to bless us with His goodness»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Re’eh Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16,17; (Rosh Chodesh) Numbers 28:9-15 || Isaiah 66

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
„Can G-d choose? Hasn’t G-d already decided how the world works and what He expects out of man? Yet parashat Re’eh keeps referring to „the place which G-d will choose… to rest His name.“ What makes Mount Moriah, the place of the Holy Temple, the place of G-d’s ultimate choice for man?“…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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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, the space and time in which we live and the way we perceive our own place in space and time. The appointed Temple festivals around which our lives are centered, and the detailed precision of the daily service in the Holy Temple, create a spiritual gravitational pull that frees us from our own misconceptions and disorientation and puts us in step with the Creator of the universe…more:“

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat TZAV Video Commentary

Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 || Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3 & 9:22-23

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
Confusion reigns in our modern world, and every aspect of modern society seems to feed on this confusion, fanning the flames of man’s existential disconnect with his own true self. The Holy Temple, and more specifically, the offering of animals on the stone altar in the Holy Temple, is designed to banish man’s confusion by compelling him to focus on who he is and to Whom he is answerable. Are we just a link on the food chain, or is our G-d given soul that which determines who we can be?…more:“

Shabbat Shalom

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