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The beginning of this week's Torah reading uses the word terumah, meaning an offering or donation, three times. These three occurrences correspond to three types of offering: The first was the donation of shekels in which each man over twenty gave half a shekel coin towards the general funds. The second was the donations allotted towards the silver foundation-sockets of the Tabernacle, in the desert. The third was the general donations in which every man, woman and child donated as much as their hearts' desire toward the building of the Sanctuary. These included cedar wood for the walls, cloth and fur for the hangings, gold, silver and copper, and more.
Meat, Milk and Logic
Murderers and thieves are punished: Logical.
Your ox gores mine -- you pay: Logical.
Don't mistreat widows, orphans or converts: Logical.
Don't boil a kid in its mother's milk: ????
Is there anything wrong with arguing?
Chaim came back from a long trip to Minsk. “Minsk is a crazy city!” he told his friends.
“Why?” they asked.
“Well, in Minsk I found a socialist, a communist, a Zionist, a Bundist, a leftist, a rightist, a devout religious man, a secular humanist, a closed-minded in-the-box person and a freethinker!”