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Lech Lecha - (Bereishis/Genesis 12:1-17:27)
Trying to explain away creation without fully comprehending the purpose of creation is a lesson in futility which ultimately ends in idolatry. Man, from the earliest generations to our present day has fallen repeatedly into this trap. Avraham understood that purpose and intent were the guiding principles and the enduring forces which created and maintain creation, and that the ultimate and only purpose of creation was for man to know the Creator, the One G-d, blessed be He, Master of the universe.

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


Noach - (Bereishis/Genesis 6:9-11:32)
What became of man that in the passing of just ten generations G-d was disappointed in the man He created and regretted creating man in the first place? Man forgot the source of all his blessings and cynically appointed himself the master of creation. In short, man trashed G-d. Acknowledgement and gratitude are the ingredients that make man the apple of G-d's eye.

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


Bereishis - (Bereishis/Genesis 1:1-6:8)
The world is created anew each day by G-d as an expression of G-d's love for His creation. Live each day anew for each day comes but once and each day holds a world of potential never before fulfilled, just waiting for you, today, to make the most of G-d's creation.

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


Ha'azinu/Special Sukkot Message - (Devarim/Deuteronomy 32:1-52)
Our lives are a song whose words and melody are co-authored by ourselves and our Creator. We must take care to hear G-d's voice and harmonize with His will. This is but one of the lessons we can glean from Ha'azinu, read this year on the Shabbat between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. If we have successfully re-tuned our souls on Yom Kippur we will be able to clearly hear G-d's music as we sit in our sukkot, which are open to the star and the sounds that surround us. The festival of Sukkot reveals the secret of true joy and true music. Having been judged favorably and sealed for life, we are full of confidence and ready for a whole new beginning: Let the music play!

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


Vayeilech/Message of Yom Kippur - (Devarim/Deuteronomy 31:1-30)
As Moses explains to the children of Israel, one of the most devastating ramifications of our backsliding is the self-induced illusion that G-d has abandoned us. But G-d never abandons His children. On the contrary, He yearns for our return. Yom Kippur is our G-d given opportunity to atone for and wipe away our past errors and to return ourselves to G-d's embrace.

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



 


 
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