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Before Purim TETZAVEH – Shabbat Video Commentary

Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 [Zachor: Deut.25:17-19] || 1 Samuel 15:2-34

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«What is the meaning of Moshe’s mysterious disappearance from this week’s Torah reading of Tetzaveh? What is its connection to month of Adar, the upcoming celebration of Purim and to our lives each and every day?»…more:

Shabbat Shalom
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Parashat VAYIKRA Video Commentary – Zachor

Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26 || 1 Samuel 15:2-34 <em>seph. 1-34

Zachor (Chabad.org) – This being the Shabbat before Purim…

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
Welcome to a world where actions speak louder than words; where a man becomes a man while drawing closer to G-d. A world so foreign to our modern sensibilities and perceptions, we need to listen with extra intent to what the book of Leviticus has to teach us.…more:“

The Holy Temple: Man-Made or Heaven-Sent? Part 4 of 10

Shabbat Shalom vePurim Sameach

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Parashat Shabbat KI TISA Video Commentary

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Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 || Kings I 18:1-39

 

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

      „Masks, veils, disguises, cover ups, concealment and camouflage: These are words associated with the Purim festival which we celebrate this week. But masks and camouflage also teach a profound lesson of attachment and separation from G-d in this week’s Torah reading of Ki Tissa. From the Golden Calf mask of division to Moshe’s veil of inclusion we can learn the proper way to conduct ourselves and worship G-d.“ …more:

      Shabbat Shalom ve Purim Sameach

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Parashat Shabbat TETZAVEH Video Commentary

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Exodus 27:10 – 30:10; Deut. 25:17-19 || Samuel I 15:2-34

 

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

      „Love and marriage: This is the story of the building of the Tabernacle in the desert. G-d so loved His people Israel that He could not bear to wait until they entered the land before they would build for Him a sanctuary. He ordered a temporary, portable sanctuary that would enable Him to dwell among Israel even during their forty year desert sojourn, so that they could begin at once their life together“ …more:

      Shabbat Shalom ve Purim Sameach

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Shabbat TZAV and PURIM Readings and Video Commentary

Tzav: Lev. 6:1-8:36 || Haftara: 1. Sam. 15:2-3
Zachor: Deut. 25:17-19 On the Shabbat before Purim (this year, March 15), a special reading is held in the synagogue. We read the Torah section called Zachor (“Remember”), in which we are enjoined to remember the deeds of (the nation of) Amalek (Haman’s ancestor) who sought to destroy the Jewish people.
Purim: Megillah Esther, Lev. 17:8-16 | | Rephidim

    Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
    „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?“:
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    Shabbat Shalom

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Purim Shabbat Tetzaveh Readings and Video Commentary

TETZAWEH: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10; Deut. 25:17-19; 1 Samuel 15:2-34
PURIM: Megillat Esther; Exodus 17:8-34

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
„And you shall command the children of Israel to kindle the lamps continually.“ (Exodus 27:20) The light of the golden menora symbolizes the light of G-d in this world. If so, then why are we instructed to „kindle the lamps?“ By actively lighting the menora, we are making G-ds light our light, as well. In this manner we are able to spread G-ds light to all mankind…

Shabbat Shalom vePurim Sameach

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Shabbat Tetzaveh ZACHOR Purim Commentary

Shabbat Tetzaveh Torah Reading: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10
Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19
Haftarah Reading: I Samuel 15:2 – 34

Commentary:
By Michael Schneider, Jerusalem

The main lesson from this week’s (Tetzaveh – You Shall Command) reading is that GOD Himself wants to dwell in the midst of us! This is the parallel we draw from the role of the tabernacle and the High Priest. Secondly we learn from our portion out of the prophets that Obedience is greater than sacrifice. The Feast of Purim this year will be celebrated in haShavua Tetzaveh. During Purim, Jews read the Book of Esther.

Let us also come before „the King“ as Queen Esther did, with courage to ask for the redemption of the Jewish people. These days we have another Haman who wants to annihilate the Jewish people, and he even comes from the same nation – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, formerly Persia.

Today let us pray that the ‘pur,’ the lots, will fall and rather than a planned day of destruction we will see the long awaited day of redemption of Israel as a nation! So let us continue to intercede, like Esther and Mordechai, in prayer and fasting for the welfare and safety of the Jewish people. Purim is the most joyous holiday, a day of victory!

Israelis commemorate God’s deliverance at Purim

The festival of Purim is a commemoration of Jewish deliverance from the Persian Empire, which sought their annihilation.

Purim is celebrated on the 14th of Adar as commanded in scripture. Jews will attend synagogues around the country on Purim’s evening and read the book of Esther.

The story of the miraculous deliverance of the Jews, scattered throughout the 127 provinces of the fifth century B.C. Persian Empire, which stretched from India to Ethiopia, is recounted in the book of Esther. God miraculously used the queen, a Jew, to intervene on behalf of her people so that the decree of the king to kill all the Jews would not be carried out. Haman the Agagite, chancellor, convinced Persian King Ahasuerus, to approve a plan to murder all the Jews in the kingdom. When the

In the end, God miraculously delivers the Jews from annihilation; Haman is hanged on the gallows he prepared for Queen Esther’s cousin Mordechai, who replaces him as the king’s chancellor.

The name of God doesn’t appear in the Book of Esther, but it is a story of His sovereign grace, orchestrating every detail as tragic events unfold and in the end the Jewish people are able to defend themselves and are delivered from death.

During the reading, it is customary to yell and make noise when Haman’s name is mentioned and cheer when Esther’s name is read. Jews also eat Hamantaschen or Haman’s ears, a pastry filled with a fruit, nut or chocolate mix. Children dress in costumes.

Throughout the centuries, there have been numerous attempts to destroy the Jewish people and today is no different. Today’s “Haman,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, also of Persian descent, has openly declared his plans to wipe the State of Israel off the map.

Ahmadinejad funds Islamic terrorist groups such as Hizballah, Hamas and others, and supplies them with weapons and explosives to perpetrate suicide bombings and missile attacks against Israel. At times like this, the story of Esther remains a source of great encouragement, giving Jews a sense of God’s sovereignty, perfect timing and ultimate deliverance from those who seek their destruction.

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Purim and Shabbat Tzav Readings and Video Commentary

Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36)
Parashat Tzav is read on Shabbat:
II Adar 13, 5771/March 19, 2011

Video Commentary by Rabbi Richman, The Temple Institute Jerusalem:

II Adar 14 = Purim
Magilat Esther will be read (the entire Book Esther)

…and for the children this YouTube or that


Purim Sameach

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Greeting Card PURIM – for Jews and all who would join them

Purim 2010: February 28 – March 1. For technical reasons we cannot bring this year’s Purim greeting card online in time. On our homepage, however, you get an impression of this year’s sujet. Write us an e-mail. Then we will send you this picture in high definition, that you can print it out and send it in time to your friends.
The Text is: …for Jews and all who would join them PURIM

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Shabbat Reading and Commentary for week 11, 2009, (March 7th) Shabbat Tetzaveh – You Shall Command:

Exodus 20:20–30:10; Deuteronomy 25:17–19; Ezekiel 37:10–27
By Michael Schneider< ! Commentary:
The main lesson from this week’s reading is that GOD Himself wants to dwell in the midst of us! This is the parallel we draw from the role of the tabernacle and the High Priest…

…Secondly we learn from our portion out of the prophets that obedience is greater than sacrifice. read more…

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