The Temple Institute: Temple Talk: Tevet 23, 5766/Janury 23, 2006

"And the L-rd brought us forth out of Egypt..." (Deuteronomy 26:8)

Rabbi Richman has returned to the land of Israel, and tells of his remarkable experiences these past two weeks in the USA, which include visiting with Torah observant communities, and officiating at a Bnei Noach wedding - perhaps the first of its kind! Meanwhile, back in Israel events have taken a decidedly less positive turn, as an unelected government and an unelected Prime Minister have been issuing draconian decrees bent on destroying the flourishing communities of Yehuda and Shomron. Rabbi Moshe Goldsmith, the mayor of the Shomron town of Itamar, east of Shechem, tells of the inexplicable hostility of the present 'government' towards the residents of Itamar, who have suffered terrible losses during the current war over the land of Israel. It would seem that acting Prime Minister Olmert, and his ruling clique want to see the Jews of Itamar ousted - at any cost. Is this a new phenomenon, or merely a contemporary twist on this past week's Torah reading, Shmot - the opening chapters of the book of Exodus, in which is described, "A king arose who did not know Yoseph." The anguish of the Bnei Yisrael in Egypt, what steps they took towards preserving themselves in the land of abominations, and their crying out towards heaven. The extraordinary subtext concerning Yitro, Moshe, and the staff that belonged to Adam Harishon - the first man - and how this staff of redemption made its way down the generations. Also, the season of the year called shovevim, and yes - special mention of the legend of King Arthur!

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