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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….