Torah Portion: Terumah (Shemot 25:1-27:19)

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Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Terumah. This parsha highlights the preparation for the Mishkan - the Tabernacle - and details different components including the Ark of the Covenant and the Menorah. The emphasis of this parsha, from my point of view, is different components becoming one and the need for us to constantly remind ourselves of the responsibility to live holy. (Approximately 70 minutes)  



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Torah Portion: Terumah
Commentary on the Torah Portion - Terumah, "portion." This parsha highlights the preparation for the Mishkan - the Tabernacle. Teaching highlights include: the relationship between the Mishkan and Sinai; the role of the Ark and the Holy of Holies as the heart of the Sanctuary. Bill also discusses the interesting relationship between the Hebrew words for cherubim, drawing near and Horeb. Also included is how the Menorah demonstrates the role of Y'shua in relationship to His two witnesses - a theme that runs throughout the Tabernacle. Much more. (Approximately 70 minutes)
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  1. says:

    Hi, Bill – a question. I read the Chumash version every week and it is the only one that states that copper is used. You and most other teachers say “bronze” and that is what I am familiar with. Went on a rabbi trail and, if I am reading right, copper is a pure metal and bronze and brass are both alloys of copper. The NAS, Open Bible, and Complete Jewish Bible (David Stern) all say bronze, and the Hebrew Roots version says brass, which seems to be closely related to bronze. Since what they used probably came from the Egyptians, and I do not know what they mainly used, I am a bit befuddled as to which is was, and why there is so much difference in translation. Wonder what the Temple Institute is using to rebuild all of their Temple supplies, or maybe they haven’t gotten to that part yet? Would appreciate yours (and others) thoughts on this. Thanks, and God bless you for all you do.

    • Bill says:

      Jay; first of all, my answer is I’m not 100% certain. You must be reading the Stone’s Edition which says “copper” but the Soncino Edition says “bronze.” As you said, both brass and bronze are alloys; bronze is mostly copper mixed with tin usually. My GUESS would be that copper is what they used because that would be a pure metal. However, I’m not the final authority on this. As far as the Temple Institute and what they have opted to use, I’m not sure of that either.

  2. miketz elkins says:

    Shabbat Shalom Bill,

    Just a quick question. If the Tabernacle was just an afterthought due to the golden calf incident as some might suggest, why then was Moses told to make sure to build it exactly according to the pattern shown to him on the mountain? I assume as do others that the pattern shown to Moses was the eternal Sanctuary not made by the hands of men but instead by the Living G_d. From my perspective it seems this building of the earthly Sanctuary was planned from eternity as a place G-d and his betrothed could meet together at. Furthermore, it was the place (HaMakom) where Divine revelation was to continue which when taken into consideration is extremely important.

    As always wonderful commentary, Gary

    • Bill says:

      Like you I don’t believe it was an afterthought. It was one of the first steps taken to bring us to the place He always wanted us to be – to realize that He always wanted to dwell IN us and that we are to be the Temple of Holy Spirit. I believe that pattern is also established in the heavenlies.

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