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This week's parsha

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The Temple at Home

The Jewish home is called "a small sanctuary".  It has the quality of the Temple, a dwelling for G-d.  This week's Torah reading describes the Sanctuary which Moses and the Jewish people were going to build.  They constructed it before leaving the Sinai region and carried it with them throughout the forty years in the desert.  Then they brought it into the Land of Israel.  It was later replaced by the Temple built in Jerusalem.

In the command to build the Sanctuary, G-d tells Moses "They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I will dwell in them."

Read more: The Temple at Home

The Divine Loan

The intimate Jewish relationship with G-d is expressed in the idea that G-d Himself keeps the laws of the Torah.  The Sages tell us they are called "G-d's laws" because not only do they come from G-d, but they are also kept by G-d.  This teaching helps a person understand more clearly how closely we are connected with the Divine at every step of our lives.  The Zohar states: "G-d, the Jewish people and the Torah are one."  This applies in many ways.  The teaching that, so to speak, both we and G-d keep the laws of the Torah helps us understand that we are truly bonded together.

Read more: The Divine Loan

Action First

Standing at the foot of Mount Sinai in readiness to receive the Torah, the Jewish people proclaimed that they would first observe all its commandments and subsequently attempt to understand them.  They declared first "we will do" and then "we will understand."

Some of our people maintain that they will begin to observe mitzvot when they understand them.  

Read more: Action First

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