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Torah Commentary Blog

Parashat T'rumah (February 13, 2016)
by Rachel Brumberg

IN THIS WEEK’S TORAH PORTION, Parashat T’rumah, we read a very detail-oriented account of God telling Moses how to go about building the Tabernacle. This portable sanctuary was to be crafted out of the finest items, which were to be donated by the community, and was designed to hold the Holy of Holies — the Ark of the Covenant. The scale, colors and materials are all very specifically described. And whereas one can see the entirety of the Torah as being a blueprint for Judaism — teaching us the values and traditions we have handed down for thousands of years and that guide us today — it is this portion we actually can use as a guide for building a sacred space. And we do.

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