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Category: Terumah

All that Glitters…

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff Posted on September 9, 2016

The building of the Mishkan naturally raises the question of why God needs all that gold and silver. What happened to מזבח אדמה תעשו לי? And if God doesn’t need it, is it to address a human need? And if that is true, why is there so little “splendor” in our בתי כנסת today? Ramban, Continue Reading »

The Unique Character of the Holiness of Jerusalem

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Terumah talks about the first synagogue of all time – the mishkan. Because the chasm between the finite human being and the infinite God is great, the mishkan was established so that there would be a tangible place where people could feel more intensely, more powerfully, the presence of God. Synagogues have followed the model Continue Reading »

The Mishkan as a Vehicle to Our Connection With God

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 21, 2016

Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of blessed memory, points out that prayer and prophecy are two sides of the same coin. While both involve dialogue between the human being and God, there is one major difference: In prophecy God initiates the dialogue, while in prayer, the human being is the initiator. But how can the limited Continue Reading »

From Promise to Practice

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 11, 2016

During the events of the Giving of the Torah, the Children of Israel have been pretty passive. When asked for their assent to the Torah before and after it was given they responded, “We will do.” and they participated in a ceremony marking their covenant with God. But they had not yet had a chance Continue Reading »

Can God Dwell on Earth?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 19, 2015

Why did God command the People of Israel to build a Mishkan? The answer seems obvious: “They shall build Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in their midst” (Shemot, 25:8). The Mishkan, from the root sh’k’n, to dwell, was to be a place where mere mortals could feel God’s actual presence, a place in which Continue Reading »

Just the People of the Book, Really?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on January 31, 2014

Reprinted from my article in this week’s Jerusalem Report The Judaism that most of us are are familiar with teaches that one’s religious expression, outside of the observance of mitzvot, is to be found in the intellectual realm of Torah study. That is where to direct one ‘s passions, where to engage one ‘s personality Continue Reading »

The Sanctity of Space

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 4, 2011

This week’s parsha – Terumah – and the many parshiyot that follow focus on creating a Mishkan, a Sanctuary, a sanctified space, a dwelling place for God. The idea that a space can not only be sanctified, but even contain – as it were – the Divine presence, is beyond our ability to comprehend. As Continue Reading »

How to Encounter God? Build a House.

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 19, 2010

Parshat Terumah begins the second half of the book of Shemot, and from here on in the book of Shemot has one focus: the building of the mishkan:“And they shall make me a Sanctuary and I shall dwell in their midst” (Exodus 25:8). The mikdash, the sanctuary, the sanctified space, was also a mishkan, the dwelling Continue Reading »