mishkan

Terumah – Drawing Down Holiness

What is the difference between the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Mikdash (Holy Temple)? What is the significance of the connection of the Mishkan to Yosef, as opposed to the Mikdash which is connected to Yehudah/David? How does this tie in to the concept of the month of Adar? Find out in this week’s parsha podcast.…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Prayers of a Lion

Why are Betzalel, from the tribe of Judah, and Oholiab, from Dan, specifically chosen for the building of the tabernacle? Why is the Tabernacle referred to as a lion? What is the concept of the lion? Why is the place of God’s presence and our relationship with Him to be found in a place of…

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Tetzaveh – Mishkan and Purim

Why do we have two Parshios that speak of the construction of the Mishkan before and after the sin of the Golden Calf? What is the depth of the concept of Purim, where Hashem brings an aspect of the light of redemption into the beginning of the story – a cure before the sickness? What…

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Pesach – Leaving Egypt with great wealth

Why is it necessary for the Jewish people to be enslaved in Egypt? What does Egypt represent? What is the concept of the Jewish people leaving Egypt with great riches? Why is the Mishkan and Beis Hamikdash bedecked with silver and gold? What is the significance of the parallel idea in the future redemption? What…

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Tzav – Traversing Adar and Nissan

Why does the dedication of the sanctuary begin in Adar and finish in Nissan? Why does the creation of the world start in Adar and end in Nissan? What is the connection between Purim and Pesach? Why does Purim continue to be celebrated after Moshiach comes, whereas Pesach is not? What is the significance of…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Sensing Hashem in our lives

hat is the deeper connection between Shabbos and the Mishkan? How did all of the parts of the Mishkan come together seamlessly if they were made by so many different people? How were the artisans able to avoid haughtiness from their work? How does working provide the tikkun for Adam’s sin? Find out in this…

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Terumah – Secret of Lishma

Why does the Torah refer to the donation to Mishkan as ‘taking?’ What is the concept of Lishma? Why do we refer to a pure motive as ‘for the sake of Hashem’s name?’ Why is this a requirement specifically in regards to the commandment of building the Mishkan? Why is Hashem’s name found in correlation…

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Shmini – Simcha and sadness

What is the connection between the joy of the first of Nissan and Hashem’s joy with the creation of the world? Why was the joy of the mishkan marred with a remembrance of the Golden Calf with Aharon’s offering? Why did they have a sacrifice at this point that atoned for the sale of Yosef?…

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Tzav and Purim – secret of seventy

What is the concept of seventy and seven? What is the significance of the seventy years between the two temples? Why is the gematria of wine (יין) and secret (סוד) both seventy? What is the depth of the idea of the seventy nations and the seventy offspring of Yakov? Why does the story climax with…

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Pekudei – revealed and concealed

Why was the mishkan only erected a few months after the parts were completed? Why was Moshe able to put it up, but not really able to? Why was it put up and then taken down numerous times? What does it mean that the mishkan will last forever? What is the concept of the parallel…

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