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Parshat Terumah                                                       February 5, 2022  4 Adar I, 5782
                                         Rabbi Jonathan Sacks on Parshat Terumah
                    TORAH
             ARTSCROLL  444            The sequence of parashot  The answer, it seems to me, is  for us that transforms us. It
                 HERTZ  326            that begins with        profound. First, recall the   is what we do for God.
                                       Terumah, and continues
                                                               history of the Israelites until
                                       Tetzaveh, Ki Tissa,     now. It has been a long series   So long as every crisis was
                 HAFTORAH              Vayakhel and Pekudei, is  of complaints. They       dealt with by Moses and
            ARTSCROLL   1157           puzzling in many ways.   complained when the first   miracles, the Israelites
                 HERTZ  336            First, it outlines the   intervention by Moses made   remained in a state of
                                       construction of the     their situation worse. Then, at   dependency. Their default
                                                                                           response was to complain.
                     Times             Tabernacle (Mishkan),   the Red Sea, they said to   In order for them to reach
                                       the portable House of
                                                               Moses: “Was it because there
                                       Worship the Israelites   were no graves in Egypt that   adulthood and
           Weekly Times                  built and carried with   you brought us to the desert to   responsibility, there had to
           Shacharit: Sun.    7:30/8:30 am   them through the desert,  die? What have you done to us   be a transition from passive
                                                                                           recipients of God’s blessings
                                       in exhaustive and       by bringing us out of Egypt?
           Mon. & Thurs.     6:35/7:45 am   exhausting detail. The   Didn’t we say to you in Egypt,   to active creators. The
                                                                                           people had to become God’s
           Tues. & Wed.      6:30/7:45 am   narrative takes almost   ‘Leave us alone; let us serve   “partners in the work of
           Rosh Chodesh                the whole of the last third  the Egyptians’? It would have   creation” (Shabbat 10a).
                                       of the book of Exodus.   been better for us to serve the
           Fri.              6:45/7:45 am                                                  That, I believe, is what the
                                       Why so long? Why such   Egyptians than to die in the
           Mincha               5:00 pm   detail? The Tabernacle   desert!” (Ex. 14:11-12). After   Sages meant when they
                                                                                           said, “Call them not ‘your
           Shabbat Times                 was, after all, only a   crossing the sea they    children’ but ‘your
                                       temporary home for the   continued to complain, first   builders’” (Brachot 64a).
           Candle Lighting      4:58 pm   Divine Presence,     about the lack of water, then   People have to become
                                       eventually superseded by  that the water was bitter, then
           Friday Mincha        5:00 pm   the Temple in Jerusalem.  at the lack of food, then again   builders if they are to grow
                                       Besides which, why is the  about the lack of water. Then,   from childhood to
           Hashkama             8:00 am   making of the Mishkan in  within weeks of the revelation   adulthood. Judaism is God’s
                                       the book of Exodus at all?  at Sinai – the only time in   call to responsibility. He
           Parsha Shiur         8:30 am                                                    does not want us to rely on
                                       Its natural place seems   history God appeared to an   miracles. He does not want
           Main Sanctuary       9:00 am   to be in the book of   entire nation – they made a   us to be dependent on
                                       Vayikra, which is       Golden Calf. If an
           Youth Minyan         9:00 am   overwhelmingly devoted   unprecedented sequence of   others. He wants us to
                                       to an account of the    miracles cannot bring about a   become His partners,
           Beit Midrash         9:15 am   service of the Mishkan   mature response on the part of   recognizing that what we
                                       and the sacrifices that   the people, what will? It is then   have, we have from Him,
           Gemara Shiur         4:20 pm                                                    but what we make of what
                                       were offered there. The   that God said: Let them build   we have is up to us, our
           Mincha/SS            4:50 pm   book of Exodus, by   something together. This    choices and our effort. This
                                       contrast, could be      simple command transformed
           Shabbat Ends         6:07 pm   subtitled, “the birth of a   the Israelites. During the whole   is not an easy balance to
                                       nation”. It is about the   construction of the Tabernacle   achieve. It is easy to live a
                   Latest Times for    transition of the Israelites  there were no complaints. The   life of dependency. It is
                Shema/Shemoneh Esrei                                                       equally easy in the opposite
                                       from a family to a people  entire people contributed –
                                       and their journey from   some gold, silver, or bronze,   direction to slip into the
           February 5       9:35/10:26 am                                                  mistake of saying “My
                                       slavery to freedom. It   some brought skins and     power and the strength of
           February 12      9:31/10:24 am   rises to a climax with the  drapes, others gave their time   my hands have produced
                                       covenant made between   and skill. They gave so much
                                       God and the people at
                    Next Shabbat                                             that Moses had to order them   this wealth for me” (Deut.
                                                                                           8:17). The Jewish view of
                     Tetzaveh          Mount Sinai. What has   to stop. A remarkable
                                       the Tabernacle to do with  proposition is being framed   the human condition is that
           Candle Lighting      5:06 pm   this? It seems an odd   here: It is not what God does   everything we achieve is
                                       way to end the book.
           Mincha               5:10 pm
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