This week’s Parasha describes the collection of the materials necessary to build the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle in the wilderness and its various furnishings—the Table for the Showbreads, the Menorah, the Altar and, of course, the Ark. God instructs Moshe to tell B’nai Yisrael “V’yikhu li Terumah” (Exodus 25:2) generally translated into colloquial English as “Bring Me gifts” that will be used for the building of the Mishkan. However the Hebrew actually translates as “Take to Me gifts,” implying that the act of giving to others benefits the gift giver as well as the recipient. The gifts are to come from each person whose “heart so moves them.” Thus, the Mishkan is to be built for the community from gifts lovingly given. It is in the act of selfless giving, supporting the community, that it is truly better to give than receive.
This Shabbat we learn with our teacher Ruth Bergman who helps us find deep meaning in our Torah as a holy text, a historical document and as literature. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like. 10:00 a.m. at Adat Shalom Synagogue.
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