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Holy Temple Studies 45: The Balconies and Cells

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter four: A description of the three-tiered cells that surrounded the Holy Sanctuary from the west, north and south. Also, the "balconies" that protruded from the outer walls of the Holy Temple.

January 3/
Tevet 25

Non-Jews and Torah Observance: Introduction to Prayer

A continuation of the discussion of the Torah and Bnei Noach (Righteous Gentiles) and their "real-time" application.

January 10/
Shvat 3

Tu B'Shvat

Secrets of Tu B'Shvat, the new year for trees: the spiritual bonds between man and tree.

January 17/
Shvat 10

Holy Temple Studies 46

The Winding Staircase

January 24/
Shvat 17

Praying with Intention - Part 1

The universality of prayer, both structured and spontaneous, and the uplifting power of Psalms.

January 31/
Shvat 24

Holy Temple Studies 47: Mount Moriah

The spiritual significance and physical layout of G-d's chosen place.

February 7/
1 Adar 1

Praying with Intention - Part 2

Making prayer an exciting experience, explaining how the concept of intention in prayer is actually a unique "presence of mind."

February 14/
8 Adar 1

Holy Temple Studies 47: Structure of the Temple Mount

The unique structure and layout of the Temple Mount, as required to maintain a spiritually pure environment.

February 21/
15 Adar 1

Praying with Intention - Part 3

Learning to develop in our own lives this precious interface between man and G-d

February 28/
22 Adar 1

Rosh Chodesh Adar II Special

Welcoming the new month of Adar with joy, a propitious time of blessing and tranquility.

March 6/
29 Adar 1

Parashat Zachor: The Sabbath of Remembrance

On the Shabbat preceding the celebration of Purim, we read from Deuteronomy 25:17-19, a most startling commandment: hate the sworn enemy Amalek.

March 13/
6 Adar 2

The Purim Special

Rabbi Richman lets down his hair, and everything seems a little upside-down in this week's special teaching.

March 20/
13 Adar 2

The Five Gates

The five gates that led to the Temple Mount, their names, dimensions and histories

March 27/
20 Adar 2

The Month of Nisan

No wonder "the heavens rejoice and the earth is glad" as Nisan rolls around.

April 3/
27 Adar 2

Praying for Other People

Carrying another in your heart: the merit and importance of praying on behalf of others.

April 10/
Nisan 5

The Passover Special: Faith and Freedom

Passover is the New Year of faith - faith leading to freedom.

April 17/
Nisan 12

Maimonides: Gates to the Courtyard

The dimensions and qualities of the inner courtyards, and the gates that lead into them.

April 31/
Nisan 26

Iyar and the Omer

The propitious elements that bind Iyar, the Omer, and the manna that fell in the desert.

May 8/
Iyar 3

The Women's Court - Part I

The history and intention of the Women's Court, and the various chambers that functioned within its walls.

May 15/
Iyar 10

The Women's Court - Part II

the four corners of the Women's Court, the chambers contained therein, and the purposes they serve.

May 22/
Iyar 17

The Chamber of the Hearth - Part I

The living quarters for the priests at the Holy Temple.

May 29/
Iyar 24

The Shavuoth Special

Receiving Torah and bringing first fruits to the Holy Temple - giving back what we have received.

June 5/
Sivan 2

The Chamber of the Hearth - Part II

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Details of the Chamber of the Hearth, the dormitory quarters of the priests attending to the Temple service.

June 12/
Sivan 9

The Chamber of the Hearth - Part III

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Continuing to explore the various chambers which comprised the Chamber of the Hearth, their functions, and the daily responsibilities of the priests serving at the Holy Temple.

June 19/
Sivan 16

The Tammuz Special

From the days of the spies, the month of Tammuz has been one of harsh judgement for Israel. But Tammuz is not fated to be so for ever. By speaking well of the land of Israel and increasing our appreciation and intensifying our love for the land - right now - in the month of Tammuz, we can begin to turn Tammuz from a bitter month to a sweet month. Chodesh tov!

June 26/
Sivan 23

The Forefathers & Prayer

The spiritual structure which makes up our daily prayers and informs us how every soul can stand before G-d and seek Him in prayer.

July 9/
Tamuz 6

The Order of the Day

Part II of the Rabbi's exploration of the spiritual structure which makes up our daily prayers and informs us how every soul can stand before G-d and seek Him in prayer.

July 17/
Tamuz 14

The Inner Court Dimensions

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: The dimensions and functions of the inner court of the Holy Temple where the offerings were prepared and brought to the altar.

July 24/
Tamuz 21

The Month of Av

It takes a great month to bear the burden of the great calamities which have befallen the Jewish people during her days. The month of Menachem Av waits patiently for us to pick up the pieces, rebuild the Holy Temple, and usher in a better world.

July 31/
Tamuz 27

The Chambers of the Israelite Court

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Beginning with the southern border of the Israelite Court, Rabbi Richman begins to enumerate the Chamber of Salt, the Parvah Chamber, and the Washing Chamber. Moving to the northern border, he describes the Chamber of Hewn Stone - the chamber where the Great Sanhedrin sat.

August 8/
Av 6

The Chambers of the Israelite Court, part II

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Having already described the chambers along the southern border of the Israelite Court in last weekÕs teaching, Rabbi Richman goes on to describe the chambers along the northern wall of the Israelite Court: The Chamber of Hewn Stone, the Chamber of the Wheel, and the Parhedrin: the private quarters of the High Priest. The Rabbi describes at length the four lotteries which were conducted daily in the Chamber of Hewn Stone for the purposes of assigning tasks for the serving priests.

August 14/
Av 13

The Chamber of the Priestly Garments

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter five: Eight chambers open into the Court of the Israelites. Two of those chambers, the Griddle Cake Makers Chamber and the Chamber of Pinchas the Haberdasher, straddle either side of the Nikanor Gate located in the eastern wall of the Israelite Court. The Chamber of Pinchas is where the priestly garments were manufactured, stored and distributed to the priests beginning their duty at the Holy Temple.

August 21/
Av 20

Mystery of the Talit, part I

Our first actions upon waking each morning are sanctifying our hands through washing, and enwrapping ourselves within the talit. Rabbi Chaim Richman shows how it is done, providing the spiritual reasons for and results of our morning spiritual obligations as per our sages and Torah.

August 28/
Av 27

Another Side of Elul, Part I

Elul, the unsung month, has so much to offer as we prepare ourselves for the new year. "The King is in the field," and the days of Elul are laden with spiritual opportunity for taking stock, redirecting our energies, and being seen and heard by the King as He makes His rounds, seeking us out, looking to draw us closer to Him.

September 4/
Elul 4

Another Side of Elul, Part II

The month of Elul is the time for learning that our own mistakes and imperfections never create a distance between G-d and ourselves. Elul presents us with a superb opportunity to rekindle our passion for life in a world with G-d, just before the onset of the High Holy Days of the month of Tishrei.

September 11/
Elul 11

Mystery of the Talit, part II

Our first actions upon waking each morning are sanctifying our hands through washing, and enwrapping ourselves within the talit. Rabbi Chaim Richman shows how it is done, providing the spiritual reasons for and results of our morning spiritual obligations as per our sages and Torah.

September 18/
Elul 18

Rosh HaShana Special

On Rosh HaShana the book of life is opened before G-d, King of all creation. But it is our actions and intentions that determine whether our names wil be enscribed within the book of life, or the other book.

September 25/
Elul 25

The Yom Kippur Experience

The sublime joy of repentance. Seen by some from the "outside" as a day of doom and gloom, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year, is described by our sages as the happiest day of the year.

October 2
Tishrei 3

The Sukkot Special, Parts I & II

Deep secrets of the joy that characterizes the holiday of Sukkot.

October 16/
Tishrei 17

Maimonides: Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: Topography of the Temple Mount, Part I

The Rambam describes the topographical requirements of the very contour of the Temple Mount.

October 23/
Tishrei 24

Maimonides: Laws of the Chosen House: Topography of the Temple Mount, Part II

The Rambam describes the topographical requirements of the very contour of the Temple Mount.

October 30/
Cheshvan 1

From the Easter Gate to the Mount of Olives

Physical accomodations are made in the Temple complex structure to facilitate the red heifer commandment.

November 6/
Cheshvan 8

Mystery of the Talit, part III

The talit - prayer shawl - and tzitzit - fringes - enable the worshipper who has enveloped himself within the talit to draw upon the holy light of G-d's infinite being, known as the surrounding light, and to wrap himself within this light.

November 13/
Cheshvan 15

The Song of the Levites, part I

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: The Levitical choir was an integral aspect of the Divine service of the Holy Temple.

November 20/
Cheshvan 22

The Song of the Levites, part II

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: The Levitical choir was an integral aspect of the Divine service of the Holy Temple.

November 27/
Cheshvan 29

The Song of the Levites, part III

Maimonides' Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: The Levitical choir was an integral aspect of the Divine service of the Holy Temple.

December 4/
Kislev 7

Roofs and Attics: Chambers of the Inner Court

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: Chambers which open onto both the sanctified court on the one side, and the less sanctified cheil, on the other, are of a matter of concern for the priests.

December 11/
Kislev 14

Roofs and Attics: Part II

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter six: Chambers which open onto both the sanctified court on the one side, and the less sanctified cheil, on the other, are of a matter of concern for the priests.

December 18/
Kislev 21

Chanukah: Making a House into a Home

The cleansing, purifying power of the Chanukah lights.

December 25/
Kislev 28

Increasing Sanctity, part I

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 6: The sanctity of the Temple Courtyards may be “expanded.”

January 1/
Tevet 5

Increasing Sanctity, part II

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 6: Why and when can the sanctity of the Temple Courtyards be “expanded?”

January 8/
Tevet 12

Sanctity & the Altar

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 6: The enduring sanctity of the Temple Courtyards.

January 15/
Tevet 19

Enduring Sanctity

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 6: A historical overview in which the enduring sanctity of the Temple Mount.

January 22/
Tevet 26

Reverence at the Temple Mount, Part I

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 7: The Rambam delineates the manner of behavior required upon visiting the site of the Holy Temple.

January 29/
Shvat 4

Tu B’Shvat: Best Day of the Year

The 15th day of the month of Shvat, (Tu B’Shvat), is not just a date marking the new year for trees.

February 5/
Shvat 11

Reverence at the Temple Mount, Part II

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 7: The Rambam delineates the manner of behavior required upon visiting the site of the Holy Temple.

February 12/
Shvat 18

Reverence at the Temple Mount, Part III

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 7: Showing proper reverence for G-d, whose house is found upon the Temple Mount, is a positive commandment of Torah.

February 19/
Shvat 25

The Temple Mount Today

Maimonides’ Laws of the Chosen House, chapter 7: Visiting the Temple Mount today, in accordance with the prescribed behavior as previously delineated by Maimonides, constitutes the fulfillment of a positive commandment.

February 26/
Adar 2

Reverence at the Temple Mount, Part II

Showing proper reverence for G-d, whose house is found upon the Temple Mount, is a positive commandment of Torah.

March 6/
Adar 9

Reverence at the Temple Mount, Part III

The Rambam delineates the manner of behavior required upon visiting the site of the Holy Temple.

March 5/
Adar 9

Spiritual Latitudes

The Holy Temple is always present in our minds and our hearts wherever we may be.

March 12/
Adar 16

The Purim Special (5768/2008)

Rabbi Richman lets down his hair, and everything seems a little upside-down in this week’s Light to the Nations special teaching.

March 19/
Adar 23

Building the Temple Today

All of the vessels to be used in the Holy Temple are considered to be part and parcel of the Holy Temple itself.

March 26/
Nisan 1

The Three Camps

The three levels of ascending sanctity which existed within the Israelite encampment in the desert is the prototype of the relative sanctity of the Holy Temple.

April 2/
Nisan 8

Nissan: Joy to the World

The glorious month of Nissan, the first of months and the month of firsts.

April 9/
Nisan 15

The Passover Experience

Korban Pesach: The Passover offering in the Holy Temple, perhaps the single most important act of the year for every man, woman and child of the people of Israe.

April 16/
Nisan 22

Hanging in the Balance

The great illumination of ‘instant’ freedom that we experience on the Seder night so often seems to pass us by.

April 23/
Nisan 29

Ten Levels of Sanctity: Introduction

On the surface, the land of Israel is just like any other land. But the land of Israel, the land chosen by G-d, is embued with inherent holiness

April 30/
Iyar 6

The Walled Cities

The land of Israel, the holiest land on earth, contains within it ascending levels of holiness. Level number two: walled cities.

May 7/
Iyar 13

Ten Levels of Sanctity, Part I

The unparalleled sanctity of Jerusalem requires many precautions to be taken.

May 14/
Iyar 20

Ten Levels of Sanctity, Part II

The entire city of Jerusalem is the equivalent of the Israelite encampment in the desert.

May 21/
Iyar 27

Jerusalem Day Special

The reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty and the liberation of the Temple Mount, achieved through the blood, sweat and lives of of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, was a miracle of the first degree.

May 28/
Sivan 5

Shavuoth: The Torah of This World

How can we get back to the Torah of the land of Israel?

June 4/
Sivan 12

Reading the Shma

The ‘Shma Yisrael’ is the quintessential expression of the Jewish faith. What are it’s origins? How was it recited during Temple times?

June 11/
Sivan 19

On the Temple Mount

The ten levels of sanctity of the land of Israel continue to increase in sanctity upon the Temple Mount.

June 18/
Sivan 26

Holiness in this World

What is holiness? How can we become holy? Can a place or time be imbued with sanctity?

June 25/
Tammuz 3

Inside the Holy of Holies

The Holy of Holies is the spot of the most intimate aspects of the relationship between G-d and man.

July 2/
Tammuz 10

The Tammuz Special (Reposted from 2008)

From the days of the spies, the month of Tammuz has been one of harsh judgement for Israel.

July 9/
Tammuz 17

Guarding the Holy Temple

It is the task of the Levites to stand guard over the Holy Temple for the purpose of proper respect.

July 16/
Tammuz 24

All About Av: Part I

Will We Mourn Forever? The beautiful month of Menachem Av - the month of the Comforting Father

July 23/
Av 2

All About Av: Part II

Will We Mourn Forever? The beautiful month of Menachem Av - the month of the Comforting Father

July 30/
Av 9

Guarding the Holy Temple, Part II

The Priests and Levites were entrusted with the task of providing 240 sentries to man 24 guard posts throughout the Temple Mount

August 6/
Av 16

Guarding the Holy Temple, Part III

24 teams, (3 priestly and 21 levitical), each comprised of 10 sentries, were assigned to guard the Holy Temple. Specific guard posts were assigned and each squad leader assigned shifts.

August 13/
Av 23

Elul: The Purity Within

A heaven-sent opportunity for us to reflect upon our relationship with G-d, and to remove the distance and the stumbling-blocks that we have placed between ourselves and the Holy One Blessed be He.

August 20
Av 30

To be Announced

August 27/
Elul 7

To be Announced

September 3/
Elul 14

To be Announced

September 10/
Elul 21

To be Announced

September 17/
Elul 28

To be Announced

September 24/
Tishrei 6

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