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D’var Torah: Terumah

Gifts are often given for one of many reasons: from feeling obligated to give to being motivated to give by love. Terumah, meaning “gifts” is the name of this week’s Torah portion. God instructs Moses to ask that the Israelites bring gifts to build the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that the Israelites build while wandering in the wilderness. God’s instructions are qualified with

D’var Torah: Parashat Mishpatim

The greatness of Judaism, according to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, “is not  simply in its noble vision of a free, just and compassionate society, but in the way it brings this vision down to earth,” which is accomplished through detailed legislation. That God is in the details, is a lesson from this week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim. A parallel