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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

A Tu B’Shevat Message from Rabbi Sandra Bellush

  Tu B’Shevat is on January 31st this year. This “New Year of the Trees” is  observed on the fifteenth (tu) of the Hebrew month of Shevat. Scholars believe that Tu B’Shevat was originally an agricultural festival, marking the emergence of spring. After the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., and the exile which followed, this holiday was a way for Jews to symbolically