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Terumah – Shlishi
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G-d commanded Moshe to have the Menorah hammered out of a single piece of gold (as opposed to welding different pieces together). There would be six branches, three on either side. Each branch would have decorative cups, balls and flowers, all hammered out of the same single piece of gold. The Menorah would have seven […]
Terumah – R’vi’i
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The beams of the Mishkan were to be made of acacia wood, 10 cubits long. Each beam would have two square pegs at the bottom, to place into corresponding holes. The beams were to be covered in gold and gold rings would hold crossbars in place. There would be five crossbars on each of three […]
Terumah – Chamishi
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The Paroches was a curtain with embroidered cherubim that could be seen from either side. The Paroches separated between the Holy (the Kodesh) and the Holy of Holies (the Kodesh HaKadoshim). The Aron would be placed inside the Kodesh HaKadoshim and its cover would then be placed upon it.
Terumah – Shishi
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The altar was to be constructed of acacia wood and covered in – not gold this time! – copper. All of the utensils of the altar were likewise to be of copper. The altar would have a box on each corner; these were called the “horns” of the altar. A copper screen would surround the […]
Terumah – Sh’vi’i
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The Mishkan was to be enclosed by a courtyard called the Chatzeir. The Chatzeir would be composed of finely woven linen hangings. The length would be 100 cubits (on the north and south sides) and the width would be 50 cubits (on the east and west). The entrance was to placed on the east, with […]
Terumah- Haftarah
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In a fairly obvious relationship between the haftarah and the Torah reading, we read about King Solomon building the Temple. Among the many issues this haftarah raises, we here only have room to deal with four: (1) Why focus on this part of the building process? (2) The ethics of making pacts with non-Jews, (3) […]
Mishpatim – Rishon
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The name of this parsha means “laws” and that sums it up quite nicely. Most of the parsha is taken up by a variety of laws that G-d commands through Moshe. It starts with the laws of the Jewish slave, though the term “slave” is unfortunate, as the Torah’s definition bears no resemblance to what […]
Mishpatim – Sheini
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Killing a slave is also a capital crime, but only if he dies as a direct result of the injury. Causing a woman to miscarry results in a monetary penalty, but if the woman herself dies, it’s a capital offense. Appropriate damages are paid for the loss of an eye, a tooth or other limb. […]
Mishpatim – Shlishi
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If a person lets his animals graze on someone else’s land, he must repay with his best produce. A person who lets a fire rage out of control must pay for damages. An unpaid watchmen from whom the object being watched was stolen must take an oath to that effect. A paid watchman is responsible […]
Mishpatim – R’vi’i
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One may not curse the judges (possibly referring to G-d Himself) or other leaders. One must be careful to fulfill holy obligations and may not eat an animal that was killed by predators. Don’t be an accomplice to evil. Don’t show favoritism in court. Return lost objects to your enemy and help him unload an […]