Open your heart and build a mishkan – Parsha Terumah

This Shabbat, we’ll read Terumah (“gift”), which details what’s necessary for the building of the mishkan. The mishkan, or tabernacle, is the Israelite’s traveling sanctuary, dwelling place for God, as they travel through the desert post-Egypt, post-slavery. More than 13 chapters of Torah are devoted to mishkan details (so many details!), compared to one chapter […]

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Monday Morning Poem

Tao Te Ching: Chapter 11, translated by Stephen Mitchell We join spokes together in a wheel, but it is the center hole that makes the wagon move. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. We hammer wood for a house, but it is the inner […]

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In the Beginning?

I am currently reading Robert Thurman’s book, “Infinite Life.” I’m still very early in the book, but one of the first things he talks about is the myth of “beginnings” – the myth of seeing anything as coming from nowhere, rather than from the general soup of all other things. He writes, “when we say […]

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