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Terumah

Your Questions
Why Did Moses Go Up on Mt. Sinai for Forty Days?

After the Giving of the Torah, Moses went up Mount Sinai for 40 days. What’s up with the number 40?
Why Was the Holy Temple on a Mountain?

Let us explore the fact that the Temple was built on a mountain, and then we can unpack its lessons.
By the Numbers
5 Reasons to Spend a Semester in Yeshiva

My Chabad rabbi has been bugging me to take off one semester to study in a yeshiva “some time before graduate school.” It’s still not clear to me what this yeshiva place is all about, and definitely not clear why I should take off in the middle of my studies to go there.
Voices
The. Worst. Superbowl. Ever.

We like excitement. We want to see action. We crave bravery, courage, and risk taking.
My Father’s Lasting Sentiments: Peace and Harmony

Now that he’s facing many health problems, so much of what seemed to make my dad unique is gone.
Parshah
The Ark of the Covenant Explained

A golden box containing the tablets with the Ten Commandments, the ark stood in the Holy of Holies, the Temple’s innermost sanctum.
A Portable Home

It is hard to understand the depth of the crisis into which the destruction of the First Temple plunged the Jewish people.
How Living From Abundance Creates Greater Happiness

It should come as no surprise that doing good correlates to feeling good.
Story
The Man Who Gave Charity to Himself

“I will not travel with you,” stipulated Rabbi Menachem Mendel, “unless you give me twenty silver coins.”
Lifestyle
You speak of what you need, but you say nothing of what you are needed for
— Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (to a chassid who complained of his financial troubles)
Print Magazine

True happiness is the highest form of self-sacrifice.
There, in that state, there is no sense of self
—not even awareness that you are happy.

True happiness is somewhere beyond “knowing.”
Beyond self.

All the more so when you bring joy to others.

Likutei Sichot vol. 16, pp. 365–372.