What is the portion of Terumah relating to? What is it dealing with? What does it address? It addresses the tabernacle, which was built for the Israelites when they left Egypt. A tabernacle that no longer exists. In fact, it will never exist again, because ultimately it was replaced by the Holy Temple. This portion deals with how that tabernacle was created—not only the tabernacle itself, but all the instruments and tools that were included in the tabernacle.
If it was up to me, I would say, why listen to something that doesn’t exist anymore. How will I personally benefit? Although I know that the tabernacle is the idea for synagogues around the world. Synagogues, we are told, replaced the tabernacle, just like when the Israelites were in the wilderness and did not have the Holy Temple; in its place they had the tabernacle. Therefore now that we don’t have the Holy Temple, we go to a synagogue and pay our respects.
Yet I cannot accept that kind of definition, because why would the... Read More