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Shabbat Terumah Readings and Video Commentary

Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
(and because of →Rosch Chodesh Numeri 28:9-15 … and instead of Haftarah 1 King 5:26 – 6:13)
Haftara Isaiah 66:1-24

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

“Egypt is now behind us – it’s time to get down to business . . . G-d says essentially: We’ve been through enough together; after all He says: I created the world for a purpose:
That you should know who I am!
So Israel is commanded to build the tabernacle in the middle of the desert, it’s a spiritual oasis in the midst of a foreboding emptiness… later the tabernacle becomes the Holy Temple. The whether we talk about the temporary tabernacle or the permanent Temple on Mount Morjah the message is the same: Israel has a job to do, a calling, a mission, and that is to bring the lights of the divine presence by making a house for G-d’s sake, by welcoming Him in, by welcoming Him home.
»And they will build Me a sanctuary and I will dwell amongst them. « (Exodus 25:8) »Build it for ME«, G-d says. For My names sake. I want to dwell amongst man in this world. Such is My desire. G-d is not asking for perfection from mankind. Only for a welcome into this world..“

Shabbat Shalom

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