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The Architecture of Holiness
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From here to the end of the book of Exodus the Torah describes, in painstaking detail and great length, the construction of the Mishkan, the first collective house of worship of the Jewish people. Precise instructions are given for each item – the tabernacle itself, the frames and drapes, and the various objects it contained […]
Parshat Terumah: To Build the Bait HaMikdash?
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“And they shall make for Me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.” (Shemot 25:8) Our parasha discusses the construction of the Mishcan. The Mishcan was the portable sanctuary that accompanied Bnai Yisrael in the wilderness. Once Bnai Yisrael entered and conquered the land of Israel, this Mishcan – Tabernacle – was replaced by […]
Parshat Terumah: Constructing the Mishcan
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“And they should create for me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.” (Shemot 25:8) In this pasuk, Hashem instructs Moshe to command Bnai Yisrael to construct the Mishcan. Hashem tells Bnai Yisrael that through this Mishcan, He will dwell among the people. This passage cannot be understood literally. In order to understand the […]
Justice for Who?
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The juxtaposition of the Torah’s civil law code to the revelation of Har Sinai highlights the significance Judaism places on justice. This message echoes what we have already learnt from the Biblical figures from Avrahem through Moshe. Parshat Mishpatim teaches that justice must be sought not only for fellow Jews but for all of humanity […]