Commentary for Parshat Terumah: Exodus 25:1-27:19
The sanctification process of materials for the Tabernacle and Temple teaches us that everything has the potential to be used for holiness.
Commentary on Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)
By giving God our full presence we allow the possibility for intimate connection and for God to dwell within us.
God instructs Moses to collect gifts from the Israelites in order to build a Tabernacle so that God can dwell among the people; God describes to Moses the vessels and structures that comprise the Tabernacle.
In focusing on ritual laws, Parashat Terumah teaches us that by reliving heroic historic moments we can introduce the transcendent into our daily lives.
In order to help build sacred space, the act of giving must be accompanied by a heart that reaches out to others.
The fundraising campaign to build the Mishkan (Tabernacle) teaches us that in true Tzedakah, the giver benefits as much as the taker.
The construction and sacrificial activities of the Sanctuary, which are now expressed in prayer, give us the opportunity to encounter the divine.