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Chayei Sarah - (Bereishis/Genesis 23:1-25:18)
The purchase of the Machpelah cave by Avraham is the first of three incontestable acquisitions of the land of Israel that the holy Torah testifies to. The others are Kever Yosef, the tomb of Yosef, built upon land purchased by our patriarch Yaakov, and the threshing floor of Arvona, purchased by King David, upon which was built the Holy Temple. It is these three places precisely that our enemies currently seek to steal from Israel, using lies and deceptions, knowing full well that these three places are the three pillars upon which the world stands and the three foundation stones upon which Israel's settlement of the land rests firmly and eternally.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Vayeira - (Bereishis/Genesis 18:1-22:24)
Avraham's final test was not just the binding of Yitzchak, but no less crucially, the finding of the 'place' where G-d directed him to do so. For only in this place, the place where man was created, the place of the altar of the Holy Temple, could the binding of Yitzchak be fulfilled and its significance resonate throughout the ages. The journey to the "land of Moriah" was a journey to the true self of man.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Lech Lecha - (Bereishis/Genesis 12:1-17:27)
Avraham avinu (our father Abraham), sought G-d and loved G-d. G-d called to Avraham to leave all behind and journey to a land G-d would bequeath to Avraham's as yet unborn children. Avraham's understanding that the world has a Master and that He rules His world with love and with justice informs Avraham's children to this day.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Bereishis/Noach - (Bereishis/Genesis 1:1-11:32)
Before the beginning, before the heavens and the earth, before darkness and light, night and day, the stars and illuminations, the creatures of the sea, the crawling things, the birds or the beasts... even before the first Shabbat - G-d laid out the primordial foundations for His relationship with man. It is upon these unshakable foundations that all creation is built.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.


Festival of Sukkot 5775
Our yearly rendezvous with G-d, which began in the month of Av, built up steam throughout the month of Elul, left us reeling and breathless from Rosh HaShana and literally out of this world on Yom Kippur, now places us in the only place possible for us to be in our heightened state of close proximity to G-d: in our Sukkot booths. These temporary dwellings are like our own personal Holy of Holies - beyond time and space - a heavenly embrace - seven perfect days.

by Rabbi Chaim Richman of the The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.



 


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