28 Feb Terumah
This Parsha starts us on a five week journey into the Mishkan. Excluding a brief interlude in Ki Tisa we are not going to stop reading about the material, measurement and construction of the Mishkan until the end of the book of Shemot. It’s remarkable that so much of the text of the Torah is used on the Mishkan because words can’t adequately describe it. This is not hyperbole, G-d tells Moshe at the beginning of our Parsha to construct the Mishkan in accordance with the image that G-d shows him. Moshe, who heard the instructions for the Mishkan directly from G-d had to be shown a model of the project in order to understand it. This is the essence of the Oral Torah and Jewish tradition. Judaism can not be known from a text, audio file or even film. It must be experienced.
Rabbi ,Yehoshua Ellis