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Torah Talk for Parashat Terumah

February 28, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this parasha, Hashem instructs Moshe to collect gifts from Bnei Yisrael in order to build a Mishkan (Tabernacle) so that Hashem can dwell among the people; Hashem describes to Moshe the vessels and structures that comprise the Mishkan.

An oft-quoted verse appears in Chapter 25:8: “They will make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in [among] them.” One would expect the grammar in this verse to be “… and I will dwell in it,” since the immediate antecedent noun is “mishkan  sanctuary.” So why does the clause say “I will dwell among them” instead? This surprising phrasing addresses a theological issue and teaches a number of important lessons. Read more >