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MATOT-MASEI – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

MATOT-MASEI: Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 || Jeremiah 2:3-28 & 3:4 & 4:1-2

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Forty two way stations made up the travels of Israel as they made their way from Egypt to the promised land; forty two destinations, each with its own purpose and secret to reveal to us as we pass through our own life’s journey, from the narrow places of Egypt to the broad expanses of our Divinely intended destinies»…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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BESHALACH – Shabbat Video Commentary

Exodus 13:17 – 17:16 || Judges 4:4 – 5:31

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Water, water, the stuff our world is made of, the expression of G-d’s love for creation, for man, for His people, the vehicle through which G-d rains his bounty on Israel and teaches them how to walk through history, through life, upright and blessed»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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VaYeshev – Shabbat Video Commentary

Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 || Amos 2:6 – 3:8

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Just beyond the sound and fury of living life in a world determined by free will and the constant struggle between our lesser urges and our better judgement, is G-d’s will and His divine plan, moving behind the scenes, making it happen. That man who just told you how to get to where you need to be going, was he a man or an angel? Or both?»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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Chayei Sara – Shabbat Video Commentary

Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 || 1 Kings 1:1-31

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Old age, the blessing of wisdom conferred upon one who has lived his life with love and kindness towards others, a true recognition of G-d’s presence in the world, is a gift for all of us to acquire, thanks to Avraham, who beseeched G-d to grant him old age and the wisdom to recognize the sublime beauty with which his beloved wife Sara lived her life»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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KI TAVO Video Commentary

Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 || Isaiah 60

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Recognition, gratitude and joy are the hallmarks of the reality of the Holy Temple, the greatest eraser of the Amalek inspired contagion of cynicism and doubt and the draining of life from all its colors and pleasures. Serving G-d with joy by and the greatest gift of the Holy Temple service»…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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Shabbat MIKETZ Video Commentary

(Hallel Ps 113-118); Genesis 41:1 – 44:17 (Numeri 7:48-59) || Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Yosef wasn’t a saint who was immune to the same temptations that we all struggle with. He was, however, a tzadik – a righteous man – who was able to overcome his own potential for downfall by staying focused on who he was – a son of the Hebrews – and the plan that G-d had assigned him to fulfill in life»…more:

Shabbat Shalom and Hanukkah Sameach
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Shabbat CHAYEI SARA Video Commentary

Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 || 1 Kings 1:1-31

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Old age, the blessing of wisdom conferred upon one who has lived his life with love and kindness towards others, a true recognition of G-d’s presence in the world, is a gift for all of us to acquire, thanks to Avraham, who beseeched G-d to grant him old age and the wisdom to recognize the sublime beauty with which his beloved wife Sara lived her life»…more:

Shabbat Shalom
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