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The Gift of Giving
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It was the first Israelite house of worship, the first home Jews made for God. But the very idea is fraught with paradox, even contradiction. How can you build a house for God? He is bigger than anything we can imagine, let alone build. King Solomon made this point when he inaugurated another house of […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parasha Column, Terumah
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“My House, and His House” There is a well-known joke that is told about the Jews which I find particularly sad. The joke tells of a group of explorers who find a Jew who has been stranded on a desert island for years. As he takes them around the island and shows them how he […]
Parshas Trumah
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“Y Harás una menorah de oro puro, minuciosamente la menorah será hecha. Su base, su eje, sus copas, sus botones y su florecimiento será minuciosamente hecha de alli mismo.” — Shemos 25:21 Moshe Rabbeinu fue encargado con la construcción del Mishkan, la morada de HASHEM en este mundo. Mientras que los componentes de esta estructura […]
Builders of the Lost Ark: Parshat Terumah
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In this weeks Torah portion, Parshat Terumah, while still in the desert, the Jewish people are commanded to build the Tabernacle and the Ark. Trees don’t grow in the desert. So where will they get wood, let alone the right kind? Good thing someone planned ahead….
Deep Roots
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One of the basic necessities for any successful building project is quality raw materials. A building will only be as strong as the materials used to construct it, although a stable foundation, thoughtful and thorough design plans and capable artisans are other necessary components for a solid structure. The building of the Mishkan, of a […]
Balance: The Way of the Torah Scholar
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When the Satmar Rebbe, zt”l, came to America after World War II, Rav Shraga Feivel Medelovitz, the Principal of Yeshiva Torah V’Daas invited him to come to the yeshiva to present a Torah lecture for the students. The Satmar Rebbe gave a well-received shiur and afterwards the students surrounded him to engage in a vigorous […]
Doing and Hearing
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One of the most famous phrases in the Torah makes its appearance in this week’s parsha. It has often been used to characterise Jewish faith as a whole. It consists of two words: na’aseh venishma, literally, “we will do and we will hear” (Ex. 24:7). What does this mean and why does it matter? There […]