Exodus 25:1-27:19

For the full text in Hebrew and English, click here: Exodus 25:1-27:19

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 cherubs, curtains, and a menorah.

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

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

A Sanctuary Within
Rabbi Hayim Shafner, Hillel


Give & Take
Rabbi Jordan Cohen, KOLEL


Mishkan as Model
Evan Wolkenstein, AJWS


Gifts Freely Given
Rabbi Maynard Bell, Union for Reform Judaism


Establishing a System
Daniel Bloom, AJWS


In Forgiveness, Making Space for the Divine
Rabbi Brent Spodek


Using Our Contributions
Rabbi Sara Paasche-Orlow, socialaction.com


Is God Present in Our Consumption?
Ariel Shalem, Canfei Nesharim



From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Let Your Light Shine
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish University


The Role of Ritual
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship


Creating Sacred Space
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, JTS


More Than a Contractor’s List
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Big Tent Judaism


On the Way to Sanctify
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union


God’s Home
Rabbi Moti Bar-Or, UJA-Federation of New York


Making Free Will Offerings
Rabbi Denise Eger, Women of Reform Judaism




Sacred Giving
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Connected to Give


Parashat Terumah Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Terumah Challah
Julie Seltzer


Parashat Terumah for Families
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Sharing: The New Give & Take
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