Tidbits of Torah


Tidbits of Torah
Shabbat Parashat Terumah
February 16, 2013 – 6 Adar 5773

Dear Friends,

Where is God to be found in our world?

That is the central question of our weekly Torah portion of Terumah [contribution] that tells of the contribution of our people to the building of the Tabernacle, the Sanctuary, in the desert.

But, that same question may be asked in regard to our lives today…Where is God to be found in our world?

Our Torah portion reminds us that all the Israelites were active participants in creating the sacred space that would travel with them, and remain with them, at the center of their encampments, during the forty year trek in the desert as they made their way from Egypt toward the Promised Land.

Some say the Tabernacle was built and placed at the center of the Israelite camp as a reminder to our people that, despite our failings, God has not abandoned the world.   And then as now, even after the sin of the Golden Calf, we can always find ways to connect with God and with holiness.

A close reading of Torah reveals to us that there are, not one, but three points of access that have the potential to connect us with holiness.  These points of access are non other than the arenas of time, of space, and of the human soul.

Through Shabbat and festivals, we sanctify time and strengthen our connection to higher ideals and values.

Through our dedication and contribution to synagogues, and to “spiritual spaces” in our lives, we sanctify space in a way that adds meaning and depth to our lives.

And, by living a life of mitzvot, we dedicate our selves to a life that makes us true partners with God in bringing greater blessing, greater justice and greater peace into the world.

Shabbat Shalom!

Rabbi Gilah Dror