Shabbat Terumah 5782
The next several Torah portions contain the detailed instructions for the building of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that would serve the Israelites in their wilderness journey. Of course, it will serve as the model for the Temple in Jerusalem. It is ornate in some ways and simple in others. Notice that the more precious materials will be used for sections of the Mishkan that only a few earthly beings will ever get to see. While it is easy to skip over the details as just another set of Ikea instructions, the rabbis read meaning into several passages to bring this somewhat dry material alive. Every rabbi who has to preach about Parshat Terumah greatly appreciates their creativity!
My goal in offering the weekly musical scavenger hunt is to entice people to read the Torah portion carefully, as well as to have some fun with music. Even if you don’t care for the video clips, it’s worthwhile to read the parshah anyway. For those who want to play along, why did I think of these songs?
Answers will be revealed after Shabbat minhah, which begins this week at 5:00 PM. Remember that beginning this week, we are no longer having early minhah.
Wishing you a Shabbat Shalom and happy listening,
Rabbi David Wise
Candle lighting: 4:58 PM
Torah Reading: Exodus 25:1-27:19
Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13