Feb. 29, 2020: Parshas Terumah - A Home For God In Our Hearts
Bible Study Coffee Time for February 29, 2020. Heavy duty time. A summary of the Torah portion "Terumah" with a focus on the meaning of the word, and maybe we will have time to delve into some symbolic aspects of the reading as well.
[Very important footnote: Chabad is very "over the target" with what they say. They are also frequently the subject of attacks. I am not going to litigate those here, but would simply say that no group is immune from accountability for its failings.]
This is the link to the PDF of this Torah portion, Terumah. It does contain God's name so please treat it as a sacred text.
There is no charge for downloading it nor is there a registration or anything.
"Terumah" tells us the materials for building the temporary Temple in the desert ("Mishkan" meaning construction), its holy Ark and Cherubim (more on this in a moment), the Menorah (lamp), the dividing curtain for the Holy of Holies, and more.
On a deeper level, the Kehot Chumash (Chabad; from the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Moshe Yaakov Wisnefsky) explains the logic connecting the giving of the Torah to the commandment to build the Tabernacle.
We begin with the understanding that God is perfect, omnipotent, indescribable.
God created the world in order to redeem the world.
This is something we are not going to understand today.
The purpose of the physical world is to elevate the physical.
For example - when you say Grace over food.
The Torah is a body of law aimed at telling us how to elevate the physical.
The Tabernacle is a physical space that serves as a concentrated holding place of spirituality, but God isn't going to just say "poof" and it appears - the Jews have to make it happen.
If I may, I want to relate this to Q, because I know that many of you who read my stuff are also followers (and I use this term carefully) of Q.
Why does Q tell us to pray?
If Patriots are in control, as we always hear, what is the necessity for ordinary people to contribute our (most heartfelt and sincere) wishes to the cause?
Our prayers aren't money.
Our prayers aren't guns or tanks.
A cynical person would say that Q is nothing more than a LARP aimed at gaining support for President Trump from the base, by making exaggerated claims of power and inclusion in a special group.
But as usual,
The Q campaign has many purposes. To inform. To encourage. To debunk. And sometimes, yes, to disinform.
But the promotion of prayer is distinct.
It is through prayer that we build God's "house" here on Earth.