19 Truma

דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ־לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִֽי׃

“Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering."

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

February 29  
2020

Truma
“Contributions”

Exodus 25:1-27:19

I Kings 5:26-6:13

2Cor. 9:1-15
Hebrews 8:1-6

MishpatimAs the creation story unfolds in seven days, the instructions about the Tabernacle unfold in seven speeches. In both creation and Tabernacle accounts, the text notes the completion of the task. In both creation and Tabernacle, the work done is seen to be good. In both creation and Tabernacle, when the work is finished, God takes an action in acknowledgement. In both creation and Tabernacle, when the work is finished, a blessing is invoked. And in both creation and Tabernacle, God declares something "holy."

The divine sanctuary is reorganized from an architectural holy space to the temple of the human heart, the holy interior of the human being within which the divine Shekinah (L’shkon to dwell), the heavenly Indwelling, radiates outward from the inner depths of the self. The Sanctuary (Temple) of the heart is felt and known through self-examination and introspection, through attentiveness to the wonder of the word, and through compassion and generosity toward others.

The only interruption in this principle detail is the story of the sin of worshipping the Golden Calf and its aftermath in Exodus 32–34. The ritual details continue into Vayikra with the list of sacrifices in the cult. The climax of the entire section is Leviticus 9 and 10, where the Tabernacle is dedicated with elaborate rites.

Both the parasha and the haftarah describe a great Jewish leader’s arranging resources to build a dwelling place for God, Moses’ collection of gifts to build the Tabernacle, In order to transform the one-time Revelation at Sinai into a regular and perpetual revelation and fix a dwelling place for God at the Israelite camp. Solomon’s conscription of labor and collection of timber and stone to build the Temple in Jerusalem for a structure where God could dwell among the Israelites.