Tag: Terumah

True Heroes!

Last week’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day generated a heightened sensitivity to the inhumane treatment and the systematic murder of our brethren by the Nazis. I was recently talking with my friend Mr. Chesky Schoenberger and he told me the following story. Chesky cared for the needs of an elderly Chassidic rabbi, Reb Mecha’le Mechlowitz, the …

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Still Alive!

Tomorrow is the Seventh day of the month of Adar. This day has significance because it is the Yahrzait of our leader Moshe. Moshe passed away a little more than a month before the Jews entered the land of Israel under the leadership of Yehoshua. We are not the only ones who keep tabs on …

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Little Angels!

The Torah details the materials and the dimensions of the vessels and components of the holy Temple that accompanied the Jews during their forty year sojourn in the desert. The holiest of all vessels was the Ark of Testimony, which housed the tablets of the Ten Commandments, both the shattered pieces of the first set …

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Competitors!

This week’s Torah portion deals with the construction of the Tabernacle in the desert. At the beginning of the portion G-d commands Moshe to instruct the Jewish people to wholeheartedly contribute to Him. Moshe then specified the materials to be contributed. Finally, Moshe told them that the campaign was for the construction of a Temple. …

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No Fly Zone

(Torah Portion Terumah) No Fly Zone The Parsha deals exclusively with the components, materials and dimensions necessary for the construction of the Tabernacle – Temple that accompanied the Jews in their travels through the desert. It is hard to imagine what this Temple or the Temple in Jerusalem was like. It was located on earth, …

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Heavenly Embassy

(Torah Portion Terumah) Heavenly Embassy This week’s entire Torah portion, deals with G-d’s instructions to the Jews concerning how to construct His sanctuary on earth. It details the materials required for the vessels, edifice, coverings, and curtains, and describes their exact dimensions and functions. Since we do not have a Temple of G-d and are …

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Warm Up!

(Torah Portion Terumah) Warm Up! Our Kaballah teaches us that fire is one of the main ingredients G-d used to create the Heavens, earth and mankind. We all are aware that fire has its constructive and positive purposes and also its destructive and harmful consequences as well. Fire also represents spiritual force; for the basic …

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Open Road!

(Torah Portion Terumah) Open Road! Ever since Governor Christie’s staffers ordered a four day partial closure of the eastbound George Washington Bridge as revenge against the Mayor of Fort Lee, NJ for not supporting Christie’s reelection bid, I was thinking of ways to apply a personal lesson from this. I recently came across a great …

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Forever One!

(Torah Portion Terumah) Forever One! Raising funds for a worthy cause is usually a daunting task, requiring publicity, personal visits to donors, incentives etc. This week’s portion describes the fundraising campaign for the materials used in the construction of the Mishkan – Tabernacle – G-d’s dwelling place on earth. This campaign was unusual because a …

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Taking or Giving

(Torah Portion Terumah) Taking or Giving! The Torah portion begins with a call from G-d to Moshe to instruct the Jewish people to contribute thirteen categories of items towards the construction of a Mishkan – Temple. It is interesting that rather than asking them to give contributions, the Torah says, “they should take for Me …

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