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Building Builders
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Terumah – 5 February 2011 – 1 Adar 5771 As soon as we read the opening lines of Terumah we begin the massive shift from the intense drama of the exodus with its signs and wonders and epic events, to the long, detailed narrative of how the Israelites constructed the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary that […]
A Vested Interest
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Understanding The Prohibition of Bribery and Judging with a “Negiah” - A Vested Interest - The latest episode of The Good Vort, presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education. Recorded live at a OU World Headquarters in NY, NY on February 2, 2011.
Why Build It At All?
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Context As the Israelites stand rooted at Sinai, yet another major foundation of their eternal heritage is divinely laid. God turns to Moshe and commands, “And they shall make for Me a holy place, and I will dwell among them.” The construction of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that will accompany the Israelites during their […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Torah Column, Parshat Terumah
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The Missing Tzedakah Box It was a cold winter, all over the world. It was the year 1991, and it was the time of the great Gulf War. Scud missiles were falling upon towns and cities throughout the State of Israel. To say that times were tense would indeed be an understatement. The city of […]
Make for Me a Sanctuary
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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 […]