Parsha Trumah Vort

Rav Yaakov Weinberg zt”l once asked why if metzuveh v’osa is greater than ayna metzuvah v’osa, did HShem make the mitzvah of building the Mishkan one of “yidveno leebo”, i.e., almost discretionary?  He answered that although of course the above clal is true, at this stage of building the Mishkan, at

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Terumah – Pure Intent

Parsha Terumah describes the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the various keilim (vessels) that were to serve in it, such as the Aron HaKodesh (Ark), the Menorah and the Shulchan.  The Rabbis teach that there is great symbolism in each vessel in that they represent various aspects of the spiritual world.[1]  Accordingly, the commentaries closely analyze the descriptions

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Supporting the Supporter

“Take for me an offering.” (Exodus 25:2) The donations requested of the Israelites for the construction of theMishkan (tabernacle) are described as being “taken” rather than “given.”What does that mean? Moreover, God is the Master of the Universe and allthat it contains. Did He need contributions and

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Parshas Trumah

This parsha deals with the building of the Mishkan (the tabernacle) and the utensils there in. It first discusses the collection of all the materials they will need for all facets of the Mishkan. Then the building of the Aron (ark), Menorah, Shulchan (table) the walls, the

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Parshas Trumah

Topics covered in this class: Why build G-d a house? The Mishkan is a mirror image of ourselves. “Take for me” The Aron The Shulchan Why build G-d a house?Question: How can you build a house “big” enough for G-d? Disagreement amongst the commentaries whether the command

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Parshas Trumah

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg “They shall make Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them.” (p,383, line 8) In this week’s Torah portion, we are instructed to build a sanctuary, a portable sanctuary that will be a central place of worship both in the desert

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Parshas Trumah

The Torah spends a lot of time on the construction of the Mishkan, The Tabernacle-in this parsha, and in the last two sections of Shmot; where the building of the Mishkan and its setting up is described. Why is it so important? First, what was it? (It’s

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