Shabbat Tetzaveh 5784

The Thursday lunch-and-learn group started a new course last week–a look at the weekly haftarah. For the next year, I’ll use this space to share something that didn’t make it into our class discussion.

For the second consecutive week, our Torah portion and haftarah focus on the minutiae of the mishkan and mikdash, the portable and stationary sanctuaries of ancient Israel. Instructions about architecture, interior design, and fashion are conveyed in exquisite detail (which is another way of saying ad nauseum). To us as moderns in the 21st century, this level of detail might feel excessive to the point of irrelevance.