Tag Archives: Terumah

Emor (Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23)

What day of the week is it? More on that later. Among those who habitually attend synagogue services, especially those who read the weekly portion from the Torah scroll, parts of Emor bring about a sense of déjà vu.  That’s … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

The most thrilling scene in the 1939 movie “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is Quasimodo’s dramatic rescue of Esmeralda, when he (Charles Laughton) swings down on a rope and plucks her (Maureen O’Hara) from the scaffold. He carries her off … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

My synagogue just sold its building: I try not to get attached to buildings, even ones that hold very personal memories.  They always change, so they don’t match my memories anyway.  And some are totally “repurposed.”  The hospital where my … 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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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Yes, dear reader, it is even possible for retirees to get over-extended, at least occasionally.  So here are some comments from 2 years ago for this week’s Torah portion, Terumah, about the design of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) which I hope … Continue reading

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Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), Rosh Chodesh Adar I

At the end of last week’s Torah portion, Moses had gone up on Mount Sinai to get the two stone tablets, i.e., the hard copy (sorry) from the Lord.  We all know what he’ll find when he comes back down. … Continue reading

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