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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 […]
“My House, and His House”
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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 survived, they find that he […]
Elevating the Experience
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com.  Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein For the purpose of building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, Hashem tells Moshe to speak to the people and “let them take for Me a terumah, a portion, from every man whose heart motivates him you shall take My portion.” Rashi, noting the awkward language and […]
Student. Scholar.
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Not long ago, a prominent matchmaker replied to a request for shidduchim by writing that she has many, many wonderful young ladies looking for a successful match. What she was lacking, she went on to say, was some young gentlementches. I was surprised to learn about this. The community was not lacking for young men […]
Parshat Mishpatim 5777
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Every time it says “im” in the Torah, it means if except for 3 times where the action is really obligatory (one in our Parsha). The Maharal explains why the Torah does it in these cases.