Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 31, 2011

Terumah – Special Gifts

This week’s Parsha is Terumah.  The Torah Reading describes how to build the Mishkan, Holy Sanctuary, and the vessels that would be contained in the Mishkan.

The commandments/instructions to build the Mishkan, Holy Sanctuary, and the vessels were actually given after Moshe came down with the second set of  Tablets containing the Ten Commandments – which was Yom Kippur.  This represented or symbolized the forgiveness for the sin of the Golden Calf.  Once again the Al-mighty was, so to speak, ready to dwell amongst the Jewish nation – symbolized by the Mishkan, the Holy Sanctuary.

We are told that the 2nd Beit Hamikdosh, Holy Temple, was destroyed because of the discord/hatred that existed between fellow Jews.  The 3rd Beit Hamikdosh, Holy Temple, would symbolize the harmony and unity between fellow Jews.  Thus the concept/commandment of Ahavas Yisroel, Love of a Fellow Jew, is crucial to the building of the Final Beit Hamikdosh, Holy Temple.

The order of the Parshas, Torah Readings, actually teach this concept.  Again, right after the Torah/Ten Commandments were given (the Parsha of Yisro), we moved on to the Parsha of Mishpateem, which, as mentioned last week, emphasized the laws to keep in society; focusing on the laws between fellow man – to treat each individual in a just and proper way.  Only then do we move on to the Parsha of Terumah, where we are commanded/instructed to build the Mishkan, Holy Sanctuary, so that the Al-mighty should, so to speak, have a dwelling place on earth amongst His people.  Please also note, that if we are truly practicing the concept/commandment of Ahavas Yisroel, Love of a Fellow Jew, then the idea of Terumah, giving with a full heart, is easily attainable.  The result is the Final Holy Temple and all its vessels once again.

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