Those who link themselves with God and the people of Israel will indeed be blessed.
For the Rabbis, the wilderness is actually a desirable place to be.
The mountain in this week's Torah portion can be a place of spiritual growth or an impediment.
The Jewish holidays can help those on the periphery gain access to the rhythm of Jewish life.
Both the Israelite and the stranger are given equal status in the sacrificial cult.
When we embrace with one hand but push away with the other, it's the push that remains in lasting memory.
Relationships between the individual and the Divine are indeed possible.
The sacrifices teach us about constancy in relating to God.
We must pursue a vision of Judaism wherein all Jews feel comfortable entering the tent, and inviting outsiders as well.
The messages of hope and togetherness in Vayakhel and Pekudei prepare us for Passover.