Parsha “Terumah” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

After the story of the Pharaoh, the plagues, and the Exodus from Egypt, followed by commandments and mishpatim, this week’s parsha (Terumah, Exodus chapters 25 through 27:19) is quite a departure.

While Moses is still up on the mountain, he is told to take a terumah, offering, from all of those whose hearts make them willing. And gets a lot of information about how it is to be used.

On Erev Shabbat, Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa goes into that, and perhaps even a bit of the ‘why’ — given that this happens before the failure of the ‘golden calf’:

During the Sabbath day study, Mark addresses some of the challenges we might have in studying a set of detailed instructions such as these. Is it a lot of repetition, ‘boring’ even? Why does the Creator spend so much effort giving us so much information that might even seem a bit redundant at times?

Is it possible, undeniable even, that He might intend to make a point – or even MANY points – in a way that we might just tend to gloss over?

Perhaps the answer has to do with the very idea of a “willing heart”, and the concept of ‘terumah’ itself.

One thing is certain – there is FAR MORE here than just:
“Terumah: Curtains and Sockets and Boards, O My”

The combined two-part podcast is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

About mark

Semi-retired electronic engineer, turned author and lecturer; occasional radio talk show host, and motivated Torah/Bible teacher. Also an avid private pilot (Private, ASEL, Inst), radio amateur, scuba diver, and aspiring sailor.
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