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TETZAVEH – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 || Ezekiel 43:10-27

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Appointing Aharon and his descendants to tend to the service in the Tabernacle/Holy Temple was G-d’s first instruction to Moshe following the commandment to build for G-d a Sanctuary. G-d desires man, as represented by the kohanim (priests) to enter into His sacred space and renew the connection G-d enjoyed with man, when He first created man and placed him in the Garden of Eden»…more:

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TRUMAH – Video Commentary on this Shabbat

Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 || 1 Kings 5:26 – 6:13

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Why does G-d instruct Moshe to „build for ME a Sanctuary?“ Why is G-d so insistent on Israel building a Mikdash (Tabernacle/Temple) for His name’s sake? Why does G-d want to share our space on this earth? And why do some question G-d’s integrity in insisting that He desires that His presence will dwell among His people Israel?»…more:

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BRHA’ALOTCHA – ShabbatVideo Commentary

Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 || Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Torah’s account of the resolve and purpose which informed Aharon’s performance of the commandment to ‚raise up‘ (kindle) the seven lamps of the Tabernacle menorah, teaches us that minding G-d’s will and leading a life of meaning and constant renewal, go hand in hand»…more:

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Shemini and Tazria-Metzora Shabbat Video Commantary

Israel: Lev. 12:1 – 15:33 || 2 Kings 7:3-20
Galut: Lev. 9:1 – 11:47 || 2 Samuel 6:1 – 7:17

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The three Torah readings of Shemini,Tazria-Metzora, which form the heart of the book of Leviticus, which itself forms the heart of the Five Books of Moses, reveals a heightened spiritual consciousness, which emanates from the Shechinah – G-d’s Presence – which dwells within the Tabernacle/Holy Temple, and spreads forth throughout the land of Israel, lifting up its inhabitants, their self-awareness, and, ultimately, their self-esteem and esteem for one another»…more:

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TERUMAH – Shabbat Video Commentary

Exodus 25:1 – 27:19 || I Kings 5:26 – 6:13

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«“As you have been shown on the mountain“ G-d tells Moshe three times concerning the commandment to build the Tabernacle and its sacred vessels. To what vision, what plan, what blueprint is G-d referring? Just what did Moshe and the children of Israel see on Mount Sinai, what did G-d show them? And how was that glimpse of G-d’s overwhelming Oneness to be embodied and reflected in the Holy Temple and its vessels, renewing and reliving every day our incredible closeness to G-d»…more:

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Shabbat BeHa’alotcha Video Commentary

Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 || Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Torah’s account of the resolve and purpose which informed Aharon’s performance of the commandment to ‚raise up‘ (kindle) the seven lamps of the Tabernacle menorah, teaches us that minding G-d’s will and leading a life of meaning and constant renewal, go hand in hand.»…more:


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Shabbat SHEMINI Video Commentary

Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47 || 2 Samuel 6:1 – 7:17

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«On the very same day that G-d sends fire down from heaven to consume the inaugural offerings in the Tabernacle, He instructs Israel to eat only certain animals which are clean, and to not eat animals which are unclean. Why? By adhering to Torah’s dietary rules we renew our ascent from Egypt every day, with every morsel»…more:


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Parashat NASO Readings and Video Commentary

Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 || Judges 13:2-25

 

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

      „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:

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Parashat Shabbat Vayikra Video Commentary

Shabbat HaChodesch Hallel; Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26; Ex. 12:1-20; Nu. 28:9-15 || Ezekiel 45:16 – 45:18

 

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

      „The book of Leviticus is the very heart of the Torah, as it describes the intimate meeting of man and G-d in the courtyards and inner sanctums of the Holy Temple/Tabernacle. To meet and share the same „space“ in creation with man was G-d’s intention from even before the very beginning. The establishment of the Tabernacle and the initiation of the Divine service is the completion and perfection of creation“ …more:

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Shabbat Vayikra Readings and Video Commentary

Leviticus 1:1-5:26; Iesaiah 43:21 – 44:23

    Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
    „From the moment of creation it has been leading up to this: The „face to face“ reunion of man and G-d in the intimacy of the Tabernacle. But, jaded by lifetimes of exile and wandering, we are required to re-attain the purity and guileless innocence of untainted youth. If you are brave enough to shed off stome layers of cynicism and skepticism and are ready to take on the you you were meant to be, the book of Leviticus is the perfect place to rediscover the original self you left behind long ago“:

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