Tag Archives: tabernacle

Bemidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20), Shavuot

Numbers!  Lots of them! Actually, though its English name is Numbers, the book’s (and weekly portion’s) Hebrew name, “Bamidbar,” means in the wilderness, (or, directly from the text, “Bemidbar,” in the wilderness of…). Of course, that’s how many people feel … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

Inching toward spring, hurrying toward Leviticus, though most would prefer the reverse. This week, as the snow melts in Wilmington, we finish reading the book of Exodus with a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei, 214 verses that are largely a rerun of … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Why?  That simple question pertains to matters ranging from mundane to existential and arouses every feeling from curiosity to wonder to intense pain, depending on how connected we feel.  For example, why did Nathan Chen fall apart on Olympic ice?  … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat HaChodesh

  There are a lot of details this week.  What strikes me this year is the unity and joy of the people, as they generously and whole-heartedly donate their materials, time, energy, and expertise to building the Tabernacle and making … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Details, details. In the last few Torah portions, we’ve had the Exodus, the splitting of the sea, the giving of the Ten Commandments, and dozens of laws to help the Israelites set up a just and functioning society.  Moses has … Continue reading

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Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89)

This week’s Torah portion is the longest single portion in the annual cycle, 176 verses.  There’s a lot of repetition in Ch. 7, which hammers home that every single tribe gave identical gifts for the dedication of the Tabernacle, listing … Continue reading

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Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38)

And so we come to the end of the book of Exodus. This week’s portion, Pekudei, deals with the actual construction of the priestly vestments and the Tabernacle.  First, though, there is a detailed accounting of the gold, silver, and … Continue reading

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