Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Terumah

tabernacle_04_01_02In this week’s Torah portion, Terumah – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19, Hashem tells Moshe to speak to the children of Israel, asking Moshe to collect raw materials “from every man whose heart moves him” (Ex. 25:2) for the construction of the Mishkan.
We also get detailed descriptions of how the ark, table of showbread, and menorah, are to be constructed as well as the framework and curtains of the tabernacle, the bronze altar and the court with its framework and hangings.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 25:1-16 (16 p’sukim)

2: 25:17-30 (14 p’sukim)

3: 25:31-26:14 (24 p’sukim)

4: 26:15-30 (16 p’sukim)

5: 26:31-37 (7 p’sukim)

6: 27:1-8 (8 p’sukim)

7: 27:9-19 (11 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is Jeremiah 34:8 – 34:22; 33:25 – 33:26.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will be focusing on the middah (virtue) of shtikah, which can be translated as silence. Sometimes it is better to not speak, but reserve our words, because the timing is wrong or we discern that the audience will not be receptive. This is a valuable virtue that we want to learn to integrate into our daily lives not only with strangers, but also with our friends and loved ones.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Shtikah (Silence). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life. (The below practices come courtesy of Riverton Mussar)

  • Say only positive words regarding a situation or person.
  • Listen more than you speak this week.
  • Practice being comfortable with silence in a conversation and don’t seek to fill the quiet spaces with awkward conversation.
  • If a situation arises and someone or a group needs defense, do not be silent. Rather gently defend by commenting or speaking your truth to correct and bring honor. Do not be complicit.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,
S~