Parshat ha Shavuah Verses –Trumah

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I just wanted to share this again adding a great article by Rabbi Sacks provided on

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Noshing Across the Nation

Once in the desert and having received the 10 Commandments, the Jews are told to start building a “dwelling place” for Divine Presence. To start the process everyone (every man to be precise) is asked to bring an offering, but only if they wish.

ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ-לִי תְּרוּמָה:  מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ, תִּקְחוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמָתִי.

2 ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, that they take for Me an offering; of every man whose heart maketh him willing ye shall take My offering.

pstor13-jr307From these gifts, the precious vessels and separate parts of the Mishkan were made.

Repeatedly, Moshe is told to make certain objects:

וְעָשִׂיתָ – And thou shalt make

Interestingly enough, it seems that nothing was actually made by Moses himself. The man who made (or managed the process of making) was Betzalel – בְּצַלְאֵל. It is, of course, proper to note here the similarity that even an untrained…

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