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Constructing the Tabernacle

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An Essay on Parshat Terumah
"The Tabernacle was based precisely on the totality of what the people have inside them, on each person’s generosity and capacity for giving: the small and the great, the rich and the generous. From the combination of all of them together, from top to bot...
"ויקחו לי תרומה" “Let them take for Me an offering.” (25:2) QUESTION: The word “li” — “for Me” — seems to be superfluous, would it not be sufficient to say, “Veyikchu terumah”? ANSWER: The first offering the farmer separates from his harvest is terumah, w...
The Sanctuary, The Architects, Plan of the Sanctuary, The Holy Vessels, The Priests, Consecration of the, Tabernacle, Death of Nadab and Abihu, Cloud the and Pillars of Fire
An Essay on Parshat Acharei Mot
The cause of the sin was overfamiliarity with G‑d and His service.
The Morning after Yom Kippur What should we feel on the day after Yom Kippur? On Yom Kippur, we naturally feel spiritually awakened, but what happens the following day? Can we sustain the heightened awareness of Yom Kippur throughout the year? We find an ...
Acharei Mot begins by mentioning the death of Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron. Their death, related in the Sidra of Shemini, is something of a mystery, for on the one hand they seemed to be punished for their faults, while on the other, a Midrashic com...
According to the interpretation of the Or HaChayim, the Torah portion of Acharei beginsVayikra 16:1. as follows: “G-d spoke to Moshe [of] the death of Aharon’s two sons [Nadav and Avihu], who drew so close to G-d that they died.” The verse thereby indicat...
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