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PARSHA POSTS: TERUMAH
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Feb 23, 2018, 7:58 AM
Knock, Knock — The Divine Presence Can Be Found in the Home
Does G-d need the Tabernacle or the Temple to live in and is that where G-d can be found? Isn’t G-d everywhere? Why then all this focus on the construction of the Tabernacle in last week’s Torah reading of...
Feb 16, 2018, 11:27 PM
Which thoughts and prayers?
A story for President’s weekend. Prior to the election of 1860, an unknown stranger came upon an Texas plantation. The plantation owner took him in as a guest. The stranger paid close attention to how the slaves were treated, how they were...
Feb 15, 2018, 7:16 PM
The IKEA effect: Why we value what we make
The Tabernacle... the Sabbath...God gave the Jewish people room to create, which changed them for the better (Terumah)
Feb 15, 2018, 12:49 PM
Who are the true guardians of Judaism? [Parshat Terumah]
Concerning the construction of the Holy Ark and the cherubs, two technical textual questions are raised by the Midrash and many biblical commentaries. First of all, throughout our Torah portion, Terumah, the various parts of the Sanctuary are commanded...
Feb 15, 2018, 12:45 PM
‘Rewriting Tradition’ Parashat Teruma 5778
The Rambam enumerates 13 articles of faith upon which Judaism stands. The eighth article states that we believe with perfect faith that our Torah scrolls today contain the exact same words that Hashem gave to Moshe at Sinai more...
Feb 14, 2018, 5:51 PM
An Israeli in Krakow
We Jews can lie low, or we can stand up and work to resolve the crisis between Israel and Poland
Feb 13, 2018, 6:12 PM
Trumah: The Price of Laziness
A lazy person, whatever the talents with which he set out, will have condemned himself to second-hand thoughts and to second-rate friends. -- Cyril Connolly Moses calls upon the nation of Israel to donate material for the construction of the...
Feb 12, 2018, 11:07 PM
Parshat Terumah: The original ‘e pluribus unum’
Parshat Terumah: The original ‘e pluribus unum’ Parshat Terumah deals with the process of collecting the voluntary contributions of materials needed for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the fashioning of its furnishings and implements. The way the Torah deploys...
Ariel Ben Avraham
Feb 11, 2018, 8:22 PM
Parshat Terumah: Our bond with the Creator
We mention often that in order to relate with someone or something, we must have a common trait or quality that make possible such relationship. In other words, there must be something that binds both parts, particularly when their...
Mar 4, 2017, 8:59 AM
Terumah: The gift that can’t be translated between Palestinians and Jews
This week’s Torah portion, which my talk is built around, is called Terumah. Terumah begins in a setting that’s dramatic, even for the Bible -- Moses ascends Mount Sinai, in full sight of the Israelites, to all of whom the...