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Divine Dialogue
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As we ended last week’s parashah, Moshe had ascended Mount Sinai in order to receive the Tablets of Testimony – which means that we begin this week’s parashah with a simple, technical problem that must be solved: What are we to do with a gift bestowed upon us from Heaven? Where shall we place the […]
The Mercy of Hashem
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“Speak to the Jewish people and they should take to Me trumah; from each man whose heart so motivates him, you should take My trumah.” — Shemos 25:2 The entire Jewish nation — every man, woman, and child — experienced the revelation of HASHEM on Har Sinai. They saw HASHEM as clearly as humans can, […]
The Challenge of Loving One’s Neighbor
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And the L-rd spoke all of these things saying:  (Sefer Shemot 20:1)  Serving Hashem through how we treat one another The central element of the parsha is the Decalogue – the Aseret HaDibrot. The Decalogue is composed of ten statements which include a number of commandments. Why were these commandments selected by Hashem to be presented […]
Respect for the Torah
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And when the people saw that Moshe delayed to come down from the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aharon, and said to him: Arise, make us a god who shall go before us; for as for this Moshe, the man who brought us up out of the Land of Egypt, we know not […]
To Plant.  To Believe.  To Carry On
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There is a story in the Talmud (Ta’anit 23a) of an old man planting a carob tree as the sage Choni strolled by.  “Old man,” said Choni, “what are you doing?  Do you really expect to live long enough to enjoy the fruits of your labor?” The older man wiped the sweat off his brow […]
Menorah’s Mystery
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Terumah begins the instructions for building the Mishkan/Tabernacle and its vessels. The instructions are quite detailed, yet Moshe and the artisans Bezalel and Oholiav have everything under control. Everything, except the construction of the golden menorah. True, the design was quite complex, and it […]
The Aron and the Luchos
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וְנָתַתָּ אֶל הָאָרֹן אֵת הָעֵדֻת אֲשֶׁר אֶתֵּן אֵלֶיךָ You shall place in the Ark the Testimony that I shall give you (25:16) A Repeated Mitzvah? The Parsha of Terumah inaugurates a series of parshiyos discussing the construction of the Mishkan and its keilim (vessels). The first of the keilim presented by the Torah is the […]
Upwardly Mobile 
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Every society seems to have its “desirables” and “undesirables,” mainstreamers versus outliers. Sometimes it is the “haves” and the “have-nots;” rich as opposed to poor; upper class, working class, or criminal class; natives as opposed to newcomers or strangers. For most of history, people were labeled at birth; more often than not, you were born […]