Exodus 25:1-27:19


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In this Torah portion, Moses receives God’s commandments on stone tablets. God tells Moses to create a dwelling place for God, where the Israelites can bring God gifts. God details what the Mishkan (Tabernacle) will look like and how it should be made. The Tabernacle includes an ark, two cherubim, curtains, and a menorah.

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menorah in the mishkan
There was a pure gold menorah in the Mishkan.


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Mishkan as Model
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Gifts Freely Given
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Using Our Contributions
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The Role of Ritual
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Creating Sacred Space
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More Than a Contractor’s List
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On the Way to Sanctify
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God’s Home
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Making Free Will Offerings
Rabbi Denise Eger, Women of Reform Judaism


Sacred Giving
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