Pekudei – Counting Toward Unity

Why does the Torah speak of the ‘counting’ of the Tabernacle, and then speak of the Tabernacle as the ‘tent of testimony?’ How do the concepts of counting and testimony relate? What is the significance of the word ‘these’ in this context? Why did the Jewish people receive ‘crowns’ when they accepted the Torah upon themselves? Why is the root of the word ‘crowns’ in this context the same as the word for ‘witnesses?’ Why do the bold letters in the sentence of Shema – ‘hear O Israel’ -spell the word ‘witness?’ What is the connection between hearing and testimony? Why is the word ‘these’ also used in the context of ingathering of the exiles?

Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.

Running time: 22:45

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