Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Truma

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

This week's reading governs the construction of the Mishkan, or Tabernacle, as a "Holy Dwelling Place" for G-d. Although G-d runs through the entire world, nonetheless from our perspective we are obligated to create a place of special holiness to receive His presence. The entire reading discusses the requirements for constructing this structure and the items within it.

The "Chofetz Chayim," Rabbi Yisroel Mayer Kagan, notes a difference when G-d commands Moshe and Israel to create the Aron, the Holy Ark that would hold the stone tablets of the covenant - upon which would be written the Ten Commandments that said at Mt. Sinai. Throughout construction of the various elements, G-d frequently commands Moshe "And you will build..." - with 'you' said in the singular. However, concerning the Aron G-d says "And you will build..." in the plural. The obvious question: what is the difference between the Aron and anything else?

The answer, he says, is that as the tablets themselves were written by G-d, the Aron represents our closest approach to Torah. Therefore is was important that all have a share in its construction, in order that no one be able to say "I gave more than you, so I learn more Torah, and I have a greater portion of Torah than you... You gave nothing to the Aron? So you have nothing!"

The Torah, he writes, is the possession of the entire Nation of Israel - and not the exclusive province of any privileged class. We all, every one of us, have our own "portion" of Torah, which we are capable of grasping. No one else can receive our portions - they are there, waiting for us!


Text Copyright © 1995 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.

The author is the Director of Project Genesis.


 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Festival of The Reflecting Lights
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5773

Influences
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

Every Last Drop
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

ArtScroll

Never Give Up!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

To Fergin or Forget
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5774

Tithing All His Possessions
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Chanukah and Mechiras Yosef: The Hidden Connection
Shlomo Katz - 5764

To Achieve Your Goals and not Cause Jealousy
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5770

Be Patient!
Shlomo Katz - 5761

> A Little Background Information
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5755

The Mysterious Ways of Women
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5764

There to Share
Rabbi Label Lam - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Chanukah, Chutzpah, and Coming Close to G-d
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

Leaving Ya’akov For Yisroel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

The Triumph of Quality Over Quantity
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

What’s a Meta-phor?
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information