This week, parshat Terumah, candle lighting will be at 5:09 PM in Brooklyn, NY. Candle lighting, which is 18 minutes before sunset, can vary from one city to another. Shabbat in Brooklyn, NY, ends Saturday night at 6:09 PM. Chabad.org has a section of their web site where you can look up candle lighting times in your locality. Whether you want audio, video or articles to print out to read on Shabbat, Chabad.org has a lot to offer. Aish.com is also a site with a wide array of Jewishly themed articles and multimedia.
There are narrative portions of the Torah, as well as chapters of admonition, praise and fairly understandable concepts. Then there are less accessible parts, where construction of the Mishkon and its accessories is detailed.For many people, these parshas are harder to understand. What moral lessons can be derived from the layout of the Mishkon, or of the Temple that followed it? Yanki Tauber approaches this problem in an article he published on Chabad.org.
Aish.com explores the question of small talk versus deeply meaningful talk during dates. In Jewish tradition, dating is inextricably tied to seeking a spouse. Compatibility is not simply a matter of sharing good chemistry, but also of sharing values, of not only being “on the same page”, but in the same book.
Aish also has an article about the Jews of India, and the role they have played in the history of India. Under British rule, Pakistan, Bangla Desh and Pakistan comprised what was then known as India.
This week’s parsha describes the mishkan, a sanctuary which during the time of the 40 years in the desert was designed to be disassembled and reassembled for travel. When we entered the Holy land, the sanctuary was given a permanent location in Jerusalem, which we now know as the Temple Mount. Although G-d can reveal Himself in any time or place, it is for our needs that specific components, metal, stone, vegetable and animal ingredients are given a connection to G-d that is realised through the service of human beings, who are alone among all the world’s living creations in having free choice.
An important part of the tabernacle in the desert was, of course the tablets of the law, with the ten commandments on them. In this, we see that the words of G-d create a means for us to approach Him, and that set the parameters for commandments that deal with human relationships as well as with commandments that tell us how to relate to G-d directly.
The Haftarah for this week describes the construction of the Bet HaMikdash in its current location, which is currently occupied by another building.
May it be G-d’ will that the sanctuary in Jerusalem be rebuilt and restored to full operation, for the good of the world and all who dwell in it.