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The Ark in the Holy Temple housed the marriage document binding G‑d to His people. But who could be trusted to guard this seminal manuscript?
A synagogue can be a humble hut—but we need to demonstrate what our values are and where our priorities lie. To give honor and glory by beautifying His Holy House is one way...
Why did G‑d instruct that the lesser materials of silver and copper also be used in the Mishkan's construction? Surely pure gold would have looked much more spectacular...
Considering that gold has virtually no practical use, why is it so treasured? And why did G-d command us to use it in the construction of the Tabernacle?
For us "copper" folks, occasionally well-intentioned but dragged down by the weaknesses of the flesh... how tempting to concede in despair and leave the building of G-d's sanctuary to the spiritually successful "gold" and "silver..."!
Single-minded people aren't much fun. We wouldn't want to be like them -- well, maybe just a little bit...
What lies behind the tendency of humans to splurge, flaunt and luxuriate in their wealth?
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 spiritua...
Hospitals, retirement villages, anti-discrimination commissions, museums, and Yiddish theaters. All are worthy causes and deserving of support, yet they are not our communal priority...
After receiving forgiveness for the sin of the golden calf, G-d instructs the Jewish people to make a home for Him on earth: the mishkan. Why was gold so prominently used in the sanctuary if it caused such a grave sin.
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