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