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Terumah 5784

What drives the heart? In chapter 6:6-8 of Micah, the prophet asks a profound question: “With what shall I appear before the Lord, and bow down before the Most High God?” The question is, as a mere mortal what can I offer the Eternal? Doesn’t the verse in Tehillim, Psalms 146:6 say about the Eternal […]

Parashat Terumah 5783

4 Adar How do we listen to God‘s Voice today? Last week’s parashah Mishpatim ended dramatically with Moshe ascending Mt. Sinai in a cloud of smoke where he would be handed the Ten Commandments. Because Parashat Terumah begins with the conjunction “and”, we might think that the narrative would continue in that vein but instead […]

Parashat Terumah 5782

Bereshit 1:31 says: “And God saw every thing that He had made, and, behold, it was TOV MEOD -very good”  “וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה, וְהִנֵּה-טוֹב מְאֹד. Vayar Elohim et-kol-asher asah vehineh-tov me’od” Recently I heard the words of song which were “I have nothing good in me“.  That message is a continuous bombardment to our youth telling them: […]

Parashat Terumah 5781

8 Adar 5781     Giving from the heart is a trust issue                                                  This week’s parashah is called Terumah – Contribution. It begins with God telling Moses: “Speak to the people of Israel, that they bring me an offering; from every man that gives it willingly with his heart, you shall take my offering.’  Everything the people brought to […]

Parashat Terumah 5780

What Unites Us? Adar 4 5780 The last parashah ends with Moshe going up Mt. Sinai where he will remain 40 days and 40 nights receiving the tablets of the Ten Commandments. Suddenly the Torah jumps to Parashat Terumah which will deal with the description of the building of the Mishkan. It begins in Exodus […]