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Now Playing: Episode #75 Parashat Va'Etchanan -
In Praise of the Land of Israel
Ben and Jerry’s, BDS, and the Myth of ‘Occupied Palestinian Lands’: It’s Not About Ice Cream
This week’s Torah portion of Va’Etchanan features many fundamental Torah teachings, including the Shema Yisrael and the Ten Commandments. This Shabbat is also ‘the Sabbath of Consolation,’ and coincides with the ancient holiday of Tu B’Av – the 15th of Av, a day of rejoicing. In this week’s edition of the Jerusalem Lights podcast, Jim Long and Rabbi Chaim Richman reflect on Moshe’s recollection of his heartfelt plea to the Almighty to be allowed to enter into the ‘Good Land.’ For reasons of His own, G-d denied Moshe’s request to enter into the Land, and although unable to enter, Moshe understood the holiness of the land and loved it ....a powerful and ironic contrast to those today who display contempt and disdain for the Land that G-d chose. Our hosts fume at ice cream giant Ben and Jerry’s politically-motivated decision to boycott ‘occupied Palestinian lands.’ It isn’t about ice cream…it’s about an insidious attempt to delegitimize Israel. Rabbi Richman also reviews recent events on the Temple Mount and asks: to pray or not to pray?
‘Jerusalem Lights’ is about the universality of the eternal Torah and its accessibility and vital connection to every individual, regardless of background or nationality. The goal of ‘Jerusalem Lights’ is to provide authentic Torah knowledge to all those who have a sincere spiritual hunger, exploring the reciprocal relationship between Israel and the Nations and providing greatest access possible to universal Torah… Torah for everyone.
That's exactly what happens as Rabbi Chaim Richman of Jerusalem teams up with Jim Long of Arkansas, lecturer, documentary film maker, dedicated Noahide, and student of the spiritual trailblazer Vendyl Jones.
Rabbi Richman frames the Torah’s lessons in the context of current world events and the political reality, emphasizing the contemporary challenges and personal implications for every person. Jim Long’s views and ideas, culled from his extensive experience and remarkable knowledge as a non-Jew who loves the Torah, are powerful and dynamic. ‘Jerusalem Lights’ will speak to countless seekers of truth everywhere whose questions have waited for answers.