Shabbat Shalom! – Terumah

Image: The Ark of the Covenant, Drawing by James Tissot, c. 1986-1902. Public Domain.

Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19)  begins the process of building the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that will be a dwelling place for God in the midst of the Israelites. It begins, as all building projects begin, with fundraising. It includes plans, the selection of builders, and more plans. Terumah teaches us about building a holy place.

Here are some darshanim with thoughts on that subject:

Terumah: Over the Rainbow? by Anita Silvert

Some Kind of Blue? Tradition, Tekhelet, and the Rav by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper

The Shechinah Dwells Among Us but are We Driving Her Away? by Rabbi Sylvia Rothschild

Offerings by Rabbi Kari Hofmeister Tuling, PhD

Building Community by Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi

Virtuous Reality by Rabbi Rafi Mollot

Bring What You Can, Be Who You Are by Rabbi Ruth Adar



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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

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