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Jerusalem Lights

65 EpisodesProduced by Rabbi Chaim Richman & Jim LongWebsite

Hosts Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long discuss the beauty and universality of the eternal Torah and its accessibility and vital connection to every individual: Torah For Everyone

65 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Israel Under Attack

May 12th, 2021


Parashat Bamidbar

This week, Israel defends itself from an unprecedented barrage of missiles launched from Gaza. Over 1,000 missiles were fired at Israel just in the days leading up to this broadcast, between May 10 …

Israel: A Lesson in Unity

May 5th, 2021


Facing Tragedy with the Silence of Aaron  

This week’s Jerusalem Lights podcast focuses on our hosts' struggle to understand the tragedy of Mount Meron. Though we still reel from the unbearable pain of the loss of life, …

Parashat Emor - The Secret of a Long Life

April 28th, 2021


This week’s Torah portion of Emor begins with a whisper to the kohanim, the priests who serve in the Holy Temple, instructing them to refrain from …

What Does It Mean To Be Holy?

April 21st, 2021


The Holiness of Being Connected to This World    

This week’s double Torah portions of Acharei Mot – Kedoshim features G-d’s calling to Israel, ‘You …

The Meaning of the State of Israel: A Vision of Hope For All Humanity

April 14th, 2021


Understanding the Unique Language of the Book of Leviticus:  At 73, Israel’s Prophetic Message for the World

This week’s Jerusalem Lights podcast, recorded on the eve of Israel Independence Day, celebrates Israel’s 73 …

The Purity of a True Spiritual Experience

April 7th, 2021


Parashat Shemini: The Transcendent Power of Keeping Kosher

The tragic and untimely death of Aaron’s sons Nadav and Avihu appears in this week’s Torah portion of Shemini. How are we to understand the ‘strange fire’ that …

To Seder, or Not to Seder: Can Non-Jews Observe Passover?

March 24th, 2021


This week’s Jerusalem Lights podcast is a Passover primer! Jim Long and Rabbi Chaim Richman offer an amazing and inspiring analysis of the eternal covenant of the Passover offering, the haggadah and the seder night, the …

The Elevation of All Life

March 17th, 2021


This week’s Torah portion of Parashat Vayikra begins the book of Leviticus, called by our sages the very ‘heart’ of Torah, which focuses on the

We Are The Miracle

March 10th, 2021


Jerusalem Lights Podcast #57 - Standing Between the Staves of the Ark of the Covenant  

This week the book of Exodus is concluded with the reading of the last two Torah portions, Vayakhel and Pekudei. On the day …

The Golden Calf and the Tyranny of Time

March 3rd, 2021


This week’s powerful Torah reading of Ki Tisa features so many concepts that speak to man’s perennial search for a true and meaningful relationship …

The Eternal Power of Purim

February 24th, 2021


Purim Parallels and Universal Lessons from the Scroll of Esther

The beloved holiday of Purim will be celebrated this week! In this special edition of …

Making a Space for G-d to Dwell in this World

February 17th, 2021


The Divine Presence vs. the Spirit of Amalek

This week’s Torah portion of Terumah gives expression to the Creator’s desire to be welcomed into this world – and this changes everything. The message of G-d’s desire that …

Towards a Just and Caring Society

February 10th, 2021


Jerusalem Lights Podcast #53 - Parashat Mishpatim

Just last week in the Torah portion of Yitro, we stood at Mount Sinai and witnessed the transcendent experience of the Giving of the Torah. This week’s Torah portion of …

The Perpetual Sinai Revelation: Man’s Eternal Rendezvous with the Divine

February 3rd, 2021


Jerusalem Lights Podcast #52 - Parashat Yitro: TORAH FOR EVERYONE!

This week’s Torah portion is named for Yitro, former advisor to Pharaoh and …

The Suspension of Illusion

January 27th, 2021


Parashat B’shalach: Walking Through the Sea Towards Our Eternal Destiny

With Pharaoh and the Egyptian army in hot pursuit, the Children of Israel face the Sea of Reeds in this week’s Torah portion of B’shalach. Walking …

Are We Slaves To Time or Masters of Time?

January 20th, 2021


Parashat Bo: The Torah Concept of Time vs. Pharaoh’s Mind Control Slavery: A Lesson for Our Time  

This week’s Torah portion features the final three …

Prison Break: The Action Begins

January 13th, 2021



The Modern-Day Egyptian Exile of Psychological Warfare, Fear and Control  G-d’s plan to redeem Israel from Egyptian bondage begins in …

Ancient and Modern Cancel Culture

January 6th, 2021


Parashat Shemot: Ancient and Modern Cancel Culture

This week our Torah portion is parashat Shemot, beginning the Book of Exodus. In a flash, the …

Remembering Vendyl Jones: Pioneer of Torah for Non-Jews

December 30th, 2020


Our Jerusalem Lights podcast this week features a special tribute to the memory of an extraordinary man. Spiritual trailblazer, archeologist, author …

Vayigash and Three Days in Tevet: Light Emerging from Darkness

December 23rd, 2020


The Tenth of Tevet and the Septuagint: King Ptolemy, Torah Translations and the Golden Calf of Intellectual Arrogance

The dramatic reunion of Yosef …

Pharaoh's Dream and Quantum Mechanics

December 16th, 2020


Yosef the Dreamcatcher, Making the World’s Dreams Come True

From Yosef in Egypt to the Hasmonean Priests of Chanukah: Fighting Against Illusion

As we …

The Light of Chanukah and the Soul of Machiach (Non-Jews, Chanukah Lights and the Courage to Stand with Israel)

December 9th, 2020


Parashat Vayeshev: Yosef and the Beginning of the Descent into Egyptian Exile

The light-filled holiday of Chanukah begins this week, converging with …

Who Is Esav Today?

December 2nd, 2020


Parashat Vayishlach and Plain Talk About Israel, Iran and the Fakhrizadeh Assassination

The Stain of Esav’s Influence on the History of Western …

Parashat Vayeitzei: Fathers, Children and Patterns in Time

November 26th, 2020


This week’s Torah portion of Vayeitzei recounts the adventures of the patriarch Yaakov, who fled from Esav and worked for Lavan for 20 years. Yaakov married Lavan’s daughters Rachel and Leah, who together with Bilhah …

Illusion vs. Reality

November 18th, 2020


Parashat Toldot: Plain Talk about the Birthright, the Blessings, and the Legacy of Abraham and Esav, the Progenitor of Western Culture

This week we …

The Legacy of Sarah and the Spiritual Preeminence of Women

November 10th, 2020


All About Life and Death - and Love and Marriage

The Torah portion of Chayei Sarah features only two concepts: the death of Sarah and her burial at the ‘double cave’ in Hebron, and Eliezer’s mission to find a wife for …

The Lesson of Our Father Avraham: In the Service of Humanity

November 4th, 2020


The Incomprehensible Test of the Binding of Isaac :  A Defining Moment at the Crossroads of History

In a show not to be missed, this week’s edition of the Jerusalem Lights podcast was recorded on the 17th day of …

Abraham, Creation and the Unified Theory of Everything

October 28th, 2020


Also, The Amazing Merit of our Mother Rachel

In  this week’s Torah portion of Lech Lecha (“Go to yourself”), the patriarch Abraham bursts upon the scene. He begins a career of teaching  a world that was in denial of …

Noah Feeds the Animals on the Ark: A Lesson in Compassion

October 21st, 2020


Parashat Noach: The Waters of Marcheshvan: Blessing or Retibution

Water, water everywhere: This week’s Torah portion of Noach tells the story of the Great Flood, G-d’s retribution against a humanity that had grown so …

B’reishith: The Constant Renewal of All Creation

October 14th, 2020


B’reishith: The Constant Renewal of All Creation

Is the World on Auto Pilot, or is G-d Still Running the Show?

The festivals of Tishrei have concluded and this Shabbat we begin the yearly cycle of Torah readings once …

Sukkot Joy from Israel to Arkansas!

October 7th, 2020


The Essence of Sukkot: Prophecy, Prayer and Peace for the World

The Exquisite Beauty of Hoshana Rabbah: Our Chance to Change the Final Sealing of Judgment

This  week's Jerusalem Lights special Sukkot podcast is a tale …

After Yom Kippur - Running into the Divine Embrace of the Sukkah

September 30th, 2020


Dwelling in the Sukkah: The Secret of True Joy

Zechariah’s Prophecy and the Nations’ Special Relationship with the Festival of Sukkot

Fresh from the cleansing catharsis of Yom Kippur, we busily prepare for the glorious …

The Power of Yom Kippur: Forgiveness for Jew and non-Jew Alike

September 23rd, 2020


Change Your Spiritual DNA/ How Does Torah Define Sin, and What Makes Repentance Real?

In this week’s Torah portion of Ha’azinu, Moshe calls upon heaven and earth to bear witness, as he delivers his prophetic song of …

The Positive Energy of Ushering in a Good, Sweet New Year!

September 16th, 2020


Preparing for Rosh HaShana: Rejoice with Trembling: Making Hashem King on Rosh HaShana: Not Just Lip Service

The year 5780 is about to depart, and we prepare to welcome the New Year of 5781, may it bring every blessing! …

Parashat Netzavim/Vayelech-Standing Before Hashem at the Renewal of Creation

September 9th, 2020


Rosh HaShana: Preparing to Receive a New Light and the Transformative Sound of the Shofar

Themes of this week's double Torah reading of the portions of Nitzavim and Vayelech set the stage for our passage into the …

Parashat Ki Tavo: The First Fruits of Thankfulness

September 2nd, 2020


Torah is the People of Israel’s Deed to the Land of Israel

Serving Hashem in Gladness is the Key to Every Divine Blessing

For the nation of Israel about to enter into the promised land, this week’s Torah portion of Ki …

Parashat Ki Tetzei: Awakening Divine Mercy in Our World

August 26th, 2020


Universal Torah for a World Gone Mad

Grabbing Hold in the Month of Elul: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures

The shofar-blast of the month of …

The Compassionate Justice of Torah (Parashat Shoftim)

August 19th, 2020


Parashat Shoftim: The Month of Elul, a Spiritual Workshop for the Whole World

The Transformative Experience of Torah Study: It's Not Just for Jews

Parashat Re-'eh: Which Way Are You Going?

August 12th, 2020


Seeing the Blessing and the Curse – and Getting with the Program

Parashat Re’eh: Which Way Are You Going?

Science, Prophetic Torah and the Holy Temple

Parashat Eikev: The ‘Little’ Things We Trample Underfoot

August 5th, 2020


The Past and Future Circle Dance of Tu B’Av: Lessons of Tu B’Av for Today: Love and Unity in a Time of Testing and Uncertainty

The confluence between …

Parashat Va'Etchanan: Changing the Narrative of the Tisha B'Av Experience

July 28th, 2020


What Will You Be Doing on Tisha B’Av?

The Relevance of the Holy Temple Today – And the Temple Mount Revolution

This week’s Torah portion of …


July 22nd, 2020


Life Lessons of Menachem Av, the Month of the Consoling Father

Torah for Everyone: Fixing a Damaged, Despairing World with Love and Kindness

This …

Parashat Matot-Masai: The Power of the Spoken Word

July 15th, 2020


True Leadership: Responsible, Prayerful, and Selfless

This week we conclude the book of Numbers with the reading of its last two Torah portions, …

Parashat Pinchas: Standing Up Against the Mob

July 8th, 2020


Breaking the Template: Do We Have Free Will or is Everything Predetermined?

This week the Hebrew calendar marks the Fast Day of Tammuz 17, which begins a three-week  period of introspection and mourning for the …

Parashat Chukat/Balak: Why is the Red Heifer the Secret of Purity?

July 1st, 2020


The Heathen Prophet Bilaam vs. the Existence of Israel - World Hypocrisy and Israel’s ‘Flagrant Violation of International Law’

This week’s double …

Korach’s Rebellion and the Arrogance of Personal Agenda

June 24th, 2020


Narcissism in the Garb of Civil Rights Activism

And, the Dilemma of Israel’s Annexation Question and Lessons of the Month of Tammuz

The charismatic Korach, a Levite of distinction, leads a rebellion against the …

Parashat Shelach: We See What We Choose To See

June 17th, 2020


The Sin of Evil Speech and the Law of Reciprocity - Speaking Against the Land of Israel: An Ancient Sin with a Modern Twist

The Torah portion of Shelach begins a turning point in history. Moses sends 12 upstanding, …

The All Too Human Craving to Complain

June 10th, 2020


The Annexation Question and the Book of Numbers: Do Jewish Lives in the Land of Israel Matter?

The Torah portion Behalotcha read this week in the Diaspora features an incident that shares a theme with the portion of …

The Media, Anarchy, and the Innocents Caught In-Between

June 3rd, 2020


Priestly Blessing of Peace for a World Gone Mad:   Torah Presents Hashem’s Vision for A Just and Loving Society

As both peaceful as well as violent …

Mount Sinai, the Gift of the Torah, and the Nations of the World

May 27th, 2020


News Flash: G-d Gave Israel the Torah at Sinai Because He Loves This World…and He Loves Man

This week, with the completion of the counting of the Omer, we welcome the Festival of Shavuot, anniversary of the Giving of …

Shavuot: Universal Spiritual Rectification of Torah Observance

May 20th, 2020


Is Torah for everyone, or only for Israel? What does the festival of  Shavuot mean for the spiritual seekers of the nations of the world?

The …

The Land of Israel and the Secret of the Sabbatical Year

May 13th, 2020


The Unbreakable Connection of the People of Israel with the Land of Israel: One Living Unit…and a Message for the World

We bid farewell to the book of Vayikra (Leviticus) as the cycle of this third book of the Torah …

Parashat Emor: Overcoming the Illusion of Death

May 6th, 2020


The Kohanim and the Calendar: Striving Towards an Elevated Perception of Reality

This week’s Jerusalem Lights podcast celebrates Pesach Sheni (14 Iyar – May 8), the Biblical ‘Second Passover.’ What is the story behind …

Thanking G-d for the State of Israel, Acknowledging the Miracle

April 28th, 2020


Independence Day, An Event of Biblical Proportions

Parashat Kedoshim: The Call to be Holy – What Does It Mean to be ‘Holy?’

This week’s Jerusalem …

Parashat Tazria and the Sublime Holiness of Women

April 23rd, 2020


The Divine, Prophetic Trajectory of the Month of Iyar, the Month of Healing

The Jerusalem Lights podcast welcomes the new month of Iyar, anniversary of the building of the First Temple, and wondrous month of healing. …

The Biblical Account of the Exodus: Fact or Fiction

April 13th, 2020


In this special Passover edition of the Jerusalem Lights podcast, Jim Long shares his knowledge on the subject of ancient Egypt, and offers some amazing insights from his acclaimed film documentary, Riddle of the Exodus

Passover in the Time of Corona: Faith, Freedom and Healing

April 1st, 2020


Temple Offerings and the Sanctity of Human Life

The Passover Challenge: Rise Up and Destroy the World’s Idolatry

Parashat Tzav ('Command') is a call …

Nisan, the Month of Past and Future Redemption

March 25th, 2020


The Book of Leviticus, the Divine Service, and the Temple Offerings: Heart of the Torah

With the arrival of the month of Nisan, time of Redemption, the people of Israel begin to read the third book of the Bible, …

Shabbat For the Whole World: Healing the Globe

March 18th, 2020


Jerusalem Lights Podcast Episode #7 - March 18, 2020 The Corona Crises: Confronting Our Isolation, Reaching Out with Kindness  

The Book of Exodus …

Purim, Corona virus and the Hidden Presence of G-d in Our Lives

March 10th, 2020


Living in a World of Spiritual Imbalance: King Without a Crown

Recorded on Purim day, this week's episode of the Jerusalem Lights podcast looks at the universal life lessons of Purim. And is there a connection between …

Episode 5. Revelation and Concealement

March 5th, 2020


Rabbi Chaim Richman and co-host Jim Long  unmask the mystical linkage between Parashat Tetzaveh and the celebration of Purim.

Parashat Terumah: The Divine Call To Build a Sanctuary for G-d In This World

February 27th, 2020


Parashat Terumah is the moment G-d has been waiting for…’And they shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I will dwell among them’ (Ex. 25:8). It’s the …

The Meaning of a True Religious Experience

February 27th, 2020


In this edition of the Jerusalem Lights Podcast, hosts Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long examine the Jewish concept of a true religious experience, for both Jews and Gentiles, and explore the true meaning of freedom. …

Parashat Yitro and Mount Sinai: Back to the Future

February 25th, 2020


Yitro, once an advisor to the Egyptian throne, rejects idolatry to serve the One true God of Israel. What does it mean to be called as "a kingdom of …

You Don't Have To Be Jewish To Love G-d, Torah and Israel

February 25th, 2020


Welcome to the dynamic new "Jerusalem Lights" podcast! Rabbi Chaim Richman in Jerusalem teams up with long-time friend, author and filmmaker Jim Long in Arkansas. In this first episode, our hosts discuss their mutually …

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