Parshas Terumah

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The contributions to the Tabernacle

The contributions made to the  Tabernacle  have  two dimensions:

The act of donation — which  removes  the contribution from the owner’s private possession, the realm of the mundane.
The act of collection — which  elevates  the contribution to become the property of the Tabernacle.

This represents two modes of  Divine Service:

Refraining from evil—by which a person removes himself from undesirable habits and actions.
Doing good—through which he elevates this world towards the perfection for which it was originally intended.

In practice, the act of donation did not have to be accompanied by holy intentions, whereas the act of collection did. This teaches us that when we refrain from doing bad, the purity of our intentions is not of paramount importance. But when we do good deeds and mitzvos, thereby making a “home” for God in this world, pure intentions are of the utmost importance.

(Based on Likutei Sichos, vol. 16, p. 289ff)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer. Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens. Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with? Torah in Ten will take place every Thursday, for ten minutes. Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of Torah, Judaism and Chassidus”.

“Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Terumah


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