Dear Friend,

At this time of year, I’m always struck by the diversity of Torah. Through Genesis and most of Exodus, the weekly Torah portions followed a storyline narrative. Then we started learning various Torah laws. This week, we began learning the design, architecture and engineering of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) in minute detail.

The entire Jewish nation came together to donate their time, possessions and individual talents to build the Tabernacle . Every person counts, and we each have our own uniqueness that we bring to the table. It is only through a united effort that G‑d’s home is built to its full glory.

The same can be said of the Torah. Every portion adds a new perspective and teaching. It is only through going through the Torah slowly, week by week, that we appreciate its beauty and greatness.

This past Shabbat, we marked the first yahrtzeit of Rabbi Yehoshua B. Gordon. If you haven’t yet started learning the weekly Torah portion, then Rabbi Gordon’s lucid, engaging, yet concise class going through the daily Torah lesson is an excellent place to start.

If you already learn the daily Torah, then perhaps consider learning it with an additional commentary. By doing so, you will come to appreciate the beauty, richness and diversity of the Torah even more!

Yehuda Shurpin
on behalf of the Editorial Team