Structured Enthusiasm

It is quite natural for one to be enthusiastic or excited about certain issues. Enthusiasm and eagerness are also required in our service of God. Our parashah contains a very interesting incident: “And they said to Moshe, ‘The nation are bringing far more than is...

Where Is G-D? Where Is Man?

There is an interesting statistic I once heard. Lottery winners were asked five years after the event if they were happier now than before they became millionaires. Ninety-four percent said that they were less happy. Sometimes human nature is the opposite of what we...

My Impure Army Pictures

When we read about the vessels of the tabernacle we find that only two of them are called “pure”: The menorah is called pure (Exodus 31,8) as well as the table used for rising bread (Leviticus 24,6). Why only these two vessels are referred to as being “pure”?...

Inspiration Isn’t Everything – 5768

Asher Shafrir Former Shaliach in Melbourne   After last week’s parsha- containing the rather depressing episode of the egel (golden calf) – there is something quite exciting about the events of this parsha. Am Yisraelis requested to donate to the Mishkan....

The Human Being Sanctifies the Physical World – 5768

Chaim Kramer Former Shaliach in Chicago   One of the vessels mentioned in this week’s Parsha and the material from which it was made is the kiyor- laver, as it says, “And he made the laver of copper and its base of copper from the mirrors of the women who...

Double Date – 5767

Rav Yehuda Susman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago Currently Rosh Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi   Chronology counts. The two elements of this week’s Torah reading neatly bracket exactly one (perhaps the most important) year in the history of Bnei Yisrael, albeit in...

Tachash and Gold – 5765

Rabbi Moshe Pinchuk Former Rosh Kollel (Melbourne, 1998-2001) Currently Head of the Beit Midrash in Netanya College   Many varied materials were needed for the construction of the Mishkan. Amongst them were Gold and Tachash skins. Concerning Gold the Medrash...