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Terumah: Hishtadlus for a Dvar Mitzvah

Moshe Rabbeinu was charged with the construction of the Mishkan, the dwelling place of HASHEM in this world. While the components of the structure are physically complex, the kavannas — the specific intentions required during the process of building it — are even more intricate. The most complicated of all of the vessels was the menorah. Its design was so elaborate that even after HASHEM taught Moshe how it was to be built, Moshe still…






Terumah: Hashem’s Mercy

The entire Jewish nation — every man, woman, and child — experienced the revelation of HASHEM on Har Sinai. They saw HASHEM as clearly as humans can, and they attained a level of prophecy. Now they were being offered one of the greatest gifts imaginable: HASHEM Himself was going to dwell amongst them. They were going to experience HASHEM’s presence regularly, they are being given the opportunity to participate in the building of the greatest…






Terumah: Derech HaTeva of the Upper Worlds

One of the miracles of the Mishkan was the lechem ha-panim or showbread. Each week the Kohanim were commanded to bake twelve loaves of bread in a specific manner and then leave them exposed to the air. At the end of the week, whichever Kohanim were serving in the Mishkan would eat the still-fresh loaves. The Sefer HaChinuch explains the “reason” behind the mitzvah. It states: “Bread sustains man. Therefore, a berachah is constantly needed…






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