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Mikeitz - (Bereishis/Genesis 41:1-44:17)
One Dream, One G-d, One Truth: How a young Hebrew, sold into slavery by his brothers, thought to be dead by his father, and thrown into prison a thousand miles from home, alone and unknown, was able to rise to the top of the Pharaonic ladder in Egypt, liberate the powerful potentate from the bondage of his own societal mindset, rescue the world from famine and reunite with his father and brothers.

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


Vayeishev - (Bereishis/Genesis 37:1-40:23)
The high drama of parashat Vayeshev comes to teach us two things, which are really only one: We must be ever ready to take upon ourselves the task that G-d has chosen for us, and our time on this earth is not for our own leisure, but to realize the role that G-d has intended for us.

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


Vayishlach - (Bereishis/Genesis 32:4-36:43)
Yaakov avinu's (our forefather Jacob's) midnight encounter with a mysterious angel: Who was this angel, what was his purpose, and by what name was he known? Yaakov overcomes the angel, and by doing so gains insight into all these questions. He also acquires for himself a new name, a new identity, and a new role to play in establishing the Divine presence here on this earth.

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


Vayeitzei - (Bereishis/Genesis 28:10-32:3)
Avraham saw his appointed meeting place with G-d as a distant and foreboding mountain, (Mount Moriah), and Yitzchak envisioned the Holy Temple to be a field, accessible and alive. But it was Yaakov who understood the Holy Temple to be a home, a nurturing, loving center in which G-d and all mankind can embrace.

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


Toldos - (Bereishis/Genesis 25:19-28:9)
Yitzchak avinu (Isaac our patriarch) was a man of vision blinded by the light of G-d's brilliant and hidden presence. He lived, he died, and he lived again to bless his son Yaakov, 'ish tam,' the perfectible man, with the task of bringing G-d's light into the world for all to perceive.

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


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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