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Terumah Videos

The Do-It-Yourself Temple
Terumah Parshah Report
Rabbi Kadoozy reports on the portable Temple the Israelites used in the wilderness, and Jono tries to build one
Is Religion a Rubber Ducky?
If being an adult means being rational, then what does it mean to be a child? Does it mean being irrational? To the extent that religion involves the childlike gesture of “faith” (Emunah), it would seem to be an irrational, immature enterprise. Unless of course there is a viable adult alternative to Rationalism and Irrationalism alike.
When There Are Monsters Under Your Bed
The Trees of Hope
The empowering lesson we can take from the trees that Jacob planted in Egypt.
Why You Should Be a Fake
Parshat Terumah
Why should I act in a way that contradicts my true feelings? Should I present a façade of calmness even when I really want to lash out in anger?
Torah in Ten: Terumah
Topics include: The symbolism of gold, silver and copper in the Tabernacle; the debate between the philosophers and the kabbalists as to whether G‑d can create a square circle; and how the scarlet, turquoise and purple wool of the tapestries of the Tabernacle represent the harmonization of G‑dly attributes in creation.
When Giving Is Really Receiving
Something Spiritual on Parshat Terumah
A powerful insight on the nature of giving charity can be gleaned from the language the Torah employs regarding the contributions for the mishkan (G-d’s sanctuary).
Is Your Temple Working?
Growing Weekly: Parshat Terumah
The three components of the spiritual temple we need for the divine presence to rest within us.
Make Me a Sanctuary
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Make Me a Sanctuary
Practical Parshah—Terumah
Every synagogue is known as a “miniature sanctuary” (mikdash me’at). How does one show respect for a shul?
The Benefit of Sacrifice
Life Lessons from Parshat Terumah
Following revelation at Sinai, the Jewish people were instructed to contribute and construct the Divine Sanctuary. What does it mean to make a home for G-d?
Crazy About You
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Crazy About You
The key to living life to the fullest
How the story of a Sage's strange behavior at a wedding provides the key to living life to the fullest. (Based on the maamar Bosi L'gani 5735)
The Mysterious 'Tachash' Creature
The Uppermost Covering of the Mishkan
The uppermost covering of the Divine Sanctuary, the Mishkan, was the hide of a creature the Torah identifies as the 'Tachash'. The Sages disagree as to what type of creature it was, but all agree that it existed only then and that its hide was multicolored. This class will address Rashi's commentary on the subject and reveal the profound spiritual message contained therein. (Likutei Sichos vol. 31)
Cedar Trees in a Desert?
Parshat Terumah
The primary material necessary for building the Divine Sanctuary was cedar wood. Now, since the Jews were journeying in a hostile desert, how could they possibly procure the required cedar wood, and in formidable quantity?! This class will solve the mystery, and in so doing will offer an inspirational message for our times. (Likutei Sichos vol. 31)
A Menorah of Fire
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A Menorah of Fire
Parshah Power - Terumah
In Exodus 25:31 G-d instructs Moses to construct, among the various vessels of the Temple, a Menorah of gold fashioned with intricate design work of cups, flowers and buttons. But Moses finds this too difficult….
Transforming Falsehood
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Terumah
The Sanctuary that Moses built in the wilderness was constructed of a kind of pillar called a "keresh" (kuf, shin, reish.) These are the same letters as the world for falsehood "sheker" (shin, kuf, reish) and the word for connection "kesher" (kuf, shin, reish.) The purpose of the Sanctuary that each of us builds in our hearts is to take the falsehood of this world and change it into a pillar and a connection to G-d.
Idols in the Holy of Holies?
How to Study Torah - Terumah
What did the Ark in the Holy of Holies look like? The commentaries on the Torah discuss the design of the Ark and its unusual lid upon which were two golden Cherubs.
Parsha Gems: Terumah
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Parsha Gems: Terumah
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Transporting the Holy Ark
The Holy Ark in the Mishkan (Divine Sanctuary) had many features that contain numerous layers of meaning and symbolism.
Parshah Insights: Terumah
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
The Secrets of a Successful Sanctuary
Parshah Curiosities: Terumah
The eternal divine commandment to build a holy “House for G-d” was initially fulfilled with the mobile Mishkan of Moses—though the ultimate perfection of this mitzvah was only reached by the historic Jerusalem Temples atop Mt. Mariah. Yet, surprisingly the temporary desert structure remains our supreme source. Discover the amazing little secret to the staying power of that humble desert sanctuary, which eclipses the more impressive later structures and teaches us all an important lesson.
The Mishkan’s Metals
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The Mishkan’s Metals
After being found everywhere, but dwelling nowhere specific for 2249 years, G-d has informed the Jewish people that he now intends to dwell amongst them. He'd like them to craft a mobile home so that he can move along with them through the Sinai desert. He conveys exact instructions, and even tells them precisely what materials to use –including some “heavy metals” like gold, silver and copper. Tellingly, iron is absent. Why might that be, and if avoiding cheaper utilitarian substances, why not just “go with the gold” – maintaining only highest of standards?!
Ingraining Holiness into the World
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the Mishkan’s pegs for the courtyard curtains
The Rebbe shows us how Rashi’s description of the curtain hangings that formed the courtyard of the Mishkan (Sanctuary) also teaches us about a Jew’s mission to bring holiness to the world.
Learning the Haftorah: Terumah
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Does a Sinner Belong in G-d's Home?
A Taste of Text—Terumah
The Tabernacle was to be built by every man, woman and child. Even a Jew who may appear to be a sinner is still obligated and capable of building a dwelling for G‑d.
Engineering Light
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Engineering Light
The windows in the Temple were designed to be narrow on the inside and wide on the outside, representing the fact that its purpose is to shine outward and share the light with the rest of the world. The goblets in the Temple Menorah also symbolize this idea.
How Stiff Should Your Neck Be?
Determination, obstinacy and ambition are essential attitudes for striving to reach one’s spiritual goals. But if a good stiff neck is not tempered by humility, then it becomes very difficult to move one’s head.
Where Is G-d's Home?
A strange detail in the construction of the Temple’s “Holy of Holies” reveals the secret of where G‑d lives.
Sinners Welcome Here!
Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei
G-d’s home on earth is not complete without everyone’s contributions.
It’s Not the Thought that Counts
A short insight on parshat Terumah
What is the right way to give and to receive charity?
Children and the Keruvim
Something Spiritual on Parshat Terumah
One Crazy Big Lie
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One Crazy Big Lie
In exploring the timeless spiritual dimensions of the Sanctuary, the Mishkan, this class reveals how craziness and lies are essential components of a meaningful life. (Based on the maamar Basi L’Gani 5719)
Gold, Silver, Copper
Parsha Terumah
"Make for me a sanctuary" (Exodus 25:8) was first stated when the Jews built a portable sanctuary in the wilderness. This building was to be made from three metals: gold, silver, and copper. How do these three metals correspond to three levels of spiritual service?
Parshah Mnemonics: Terumah
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Terumah contains 96 verses and the mnemonic are the words Ya’av (shovel) and Solu. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
More on Mishkan Metals (Part 2)
Parshat Terumah’s “Mishkan Metals” presented gold, silver and copper standards of dedication; yet utilitarian iron was cast aside. The continued development of this thesis now begins with a missed Midrash that’s richly illuminated. Then on to Babylon; one young prophet is inspired to craft a diorama, while another tasked with interpreting an Emperor's nightmares – both of which foreshadow the balance of world history. Fascinating commentary, resonating with relevancy, is climaxed by latter-day mystical teachings providing extraordinary clarity and a happy ending!
The Mythical Tachash
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The Mythical Tachash
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the mysterious covering for the Mishkan
Among the materials used to build the Tabernacle in the desert is a strange item called “Tachash”. Rashi explores what it is, and teaches us a profound lesson in the power of the “small things” in life.
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Terumah: 7th Portion
Terumah—Paraders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones discovered the Ark of the Covenant. Can we uncover the valuable message in this week’s Parshah?
Mayanot Moment - Terumah
The meaning of the keruvim (cherubs) on the Ark and how working for a living helps one become a "brother" of G-d. Presenter: Rabbi Shemtov
Constant Connection
“And they shall build for me a Sanctuary and I will dwell within them.” The Sages explain: “within them” – within the heart of every single Jew.
Burning the Mitzvah Oil
Intermediate Talmud: Tractate Shabbat, Lesson 25
The final Talmudic discussion about lamps being kindled focuses on “sacred oil” that has to be burnt and destroyed, rather than utilized in normative fashion. This class illuminates shadowy details of both Shabbat and Yom-Tov observance, yet still basks in the glow of the Chanukah menorah.
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