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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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Sabbath VAYAKHEL Video Commentary

Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 || 2 Kings 18:1-39 (seph.) 11,17 – 12,17

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
The exquisite detail of the building of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) as described in parashat Vayakhel is a testimony to the end of time of the pure, generous and giving heart of Israel, all of whom united in the purpose and privilege of making a place for G-d on our earth, a Sanctuary, so that He may dwell among us…more:“

Shabbat Shalom

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Diaspora: EMOR – Israel: BEHAR Shabbat Video Commentary

Diaspora/Galut Shabbat EMOR: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 || Ezekiel 44:15-31
Click here: Video Commentary Weekly Torah Portion: EMOR
Israel: BEHAR (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

 

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

      „Equality, justice, freedom for all: these noble themes are all rooted in the recognition that G-d created the world and to G-d the world belongs. The shemittah sabbatical cycles and the Jubilee ‚Sabbath of sabbatical years‘ which are prerequisites for dwelling in the land of Israel, are declarations that the land itself belongs, not to us, but to G-d. As tenants and caretakers we are equal to one another. Our recognition of G-d’s exclusive ownership of the land of Israel is expressed in the Jubilee declaration of equality, justice, and freedom for all“ …more:

      Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai

The Sabbatical Year makes Eretz Yisrael to His Land HaAretz

Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34; Jeremia 16:19 – 17:14

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


While in recent years the weight of the commentary by Rabbi Richman hab been laid on the first Parasha „Behar“…

    „G-d commands the children of Israel to observe the sabbatical year by letting the land of Israel rest. This act of sanctifying the land by placing our total faith in G-d, grants us the peace we so fervently desire.“


…his current commentary is focussing the second Parasha „Bechukotai“:

„Wanted: Dead or alive! There is no doubt that G-d loves and wants His people Israel. Either we are alive to His presence, and worthy of the blessings listed in Behar-Bechukotai, or we are dead to His presence, and thus deserving of the horrific admonitions enumerated in Behar-Bechukotai. The choice is ours!“

Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Behar Sinai Readings and Video Commentary

Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2; Jeremiah 32:6-27

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

Modern physicists speak of the space-time continuum, but the Torah, thousands of years ago, already identified the space-continuum as being found within the holy Sabbath and the sabbatical (shmitta ) year, and instructs us to play our part in bringing this spiritual cosmic energy to have bearing on our own lives . . .

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Korach Sabbath Commentary

Numbers 16:1 – 18:32; Haftara: Isaiah 66:1–24

Abstract of the Commentary by
Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem:

This Shabbat’s Torah reading is about Korah’s rebellion. Korah descends from the Levitical family of Kehat. Altogether, there were 250 renowned men that “rose up” against Moses by doubting his and Aaron’s authority as the chosen national leaders.
As if the separation of the Levites by God Himself was not enough, this family

within the Levitical tribe did not want to tolerate any human authority. (“Is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking for the priesthood also?” verses 9-10)

Korah, Dathan and Abiram complain against Moses, but Moses defends God’s decision to appoint Aaron. Moses was not keen on being the only leader of the camp. That became apparent in his reaction to Eldad and Medad when they started prophesying. Moses responded to them: “Would that all the LORD’S people were prophets…” (11:29).

But Moses was not threatened, and even when Korah led his rebellion against him, Moses remained humble and brought the issue before God.
Moses’ humble response was followed by undeniable supernatural justice: “The ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions” (verses 31-32).

God is a God of justice and Moses knew it. When the people murmured again (17:6), God punished them with a plague. Aaron brought an atonement for the sins of the people with an incense offering and stood “between the dead and the living” for the plague to stop.

Subsequently, we read about God’s order to collect the rods of each tribe. The appointment of Aaron was confirmed among the murmuring and rebellious people: “The rod of the man whom I choose will sprout” (17:5). Almonds sprouted on Aaron’s rod! His rod became “a sign against the rebels” and was kept as a reminder.

Shabbat Shalom

The entire story in a small animation film – compare it also to Sabbath Songs above:

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Numbers chapters 13:1 – 15:41; Haftara: Joshua 2,1-24
by Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem

Commentary:
On this Shabbat, we find the story of the 12 spies (Numbers 13:1 – 15:41), the first Mossad. Moses sent the spies to scout the Promised Land.

How many people are there? What are their military capabilities? Is the land fruitful? (13:18-20). Those are legitimate questions that responsible people should and have to know.

Ten spies returned with a negative and frightening report. They confirmed that the land was flowing with milk and honey (13:27), but also warned about the presence of giants (anakim), thus discouraging the people and putting disbelief and fear in their hearts.

Unfortunately, the people in these passages, as most people today do, listened to the majority, the hopeless report of the 10 spies.

The negative report and the people’s acceptance of it brought a harsh punishment: “According to the number of days which you spied out the land, forty days, for every day you shall bear your guilt a year, even forty years, and you will know My opposition.” (14:34)

It was probably a huge shock for the people, who were so desperate to enter the Promised Land. The whole generation of the exodus – except for Joshua and Caleb, the two faithful spies – was to die in the desert.

Because of this tragic turn of events caused by man’s tendency to rely on his own understanding, this week’s Torah portion ends with the commandment to wear tzitzit – tassels on the corners of one’s garments – “to look at and remember all the commandments of the LORD, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes.” (15:39)

Our eyes must focus on the Word of God, on Him, and not on what’s going on around us. Today we call this living by faith and not by sight!

The word “scouting” that is used in these passages is from the Hebrew word “tar” or “latur,” from which we get the word for tourist (tayar).

May those who live abroad and the tourists who come today to Israel see the Land as Joshua and Caleb saw it – through the eyes of God, in faith, not to be deterred by reports of danger.

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God’s Sabbath: How I got a glance on what GOD is doing

By Pastor Rolf Piller
In 1999 I went to the USA to share with Jewish people that G-d is calling them home to Israel. By His grace I could indeed speak to many Jews in New York, specifically in Brooklyn. But at the same time I learned something about the ways of G-d. read more…

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Chrismukkah instead of Christmas cards – download for free

Chrismukkah instead of Christmas cards - download for free Community, a light in the hearts, the jewish and the christian, Chrismukkah (Jewish Museum Berlin). Which christian realizes, that this year – after years – Hanukkah and Chistmas falls in the same year again (2008, Dec. 22-29)? We want to invite you and moreless the entire mankind to download, copy and send this card to friends to proclaim this community of one spirit, one G-d and one community to all nations.
Hag Chirsmukkah Sameach, and for the Christians Shana Tova (a good year), see below,
Yours Eric and Pastor Rolf read more…

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Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement Reading and Commentary

Book Jona; Lev. 16:1-34; Numbers 29:7-11; Isaiah 57:14–58:14; Lev. 18:1-30; Micha 7:18-20

Abstract of the commentary by Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem

Commentary:
Already on sunset it starts. Neither eating or drinking is permitted till next sunset. “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before the LORD your God” Leviticus 23:27-28 read more…

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