Parsha Roundup: Parashas Terumah 5770

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by Steve Brizel

Mishkan and Mikdash

  • Rav Soloveitchik ZL and Yivadleinu Lchaim Tovim Aruchim R Daniel Z. Feldman and R Dovid Gottlieb discuss the relationship between this week’s Parsha and Binyan Beis HaMikdash: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio)
  • R Yitzchak Etshalom explores the association between the Mishkan and the Beis HaMikdash: link 1 (PDF), link 2 (PDF)
  • R Yaakov Medan discusses the meaning of Mikdash, Mishkan and Ohel: link
  • R Mosheh Lichtenstein , based upon an in depth reading of the Haftarah, illustrates many of the contrasts between the Mishkan of HaShem and Bayis Rishon: link
  • R Aharon Lichtenstein reminds us that each of us should strive to build a Mishkan in our hearts in our Avodas HaShem: link
  • R Avraham Gordimer explains why the construction of the Mishkan is the prime focus of the remainder of Sefer Shmos, both before and after the Chet HaEgel: link
  • R Yaakov Neuberger discusses the Ramban’s commentary on Trumah: link (audio)
  • Click here to read moreThe Mishkan and Personal Spiritual Growth

  • The Nesivos Shalom, as explicated by R Yitzchak Adlerstein, illustrates how each facet of the Mishkan facilitates our spiritual growth: link
  • R Sir Lord Jonathan Sacks illustrates how the Mishkan can live in the heart of every Jew: link
  • R Avigdor Nevenzal , R Asher Brander, and R Mayer Twersky, explain why both the building of the Mishkan served as a model for a Mitzvah that required the complete dedication of our hearts and a spirit of volunteerism for something that we know is an imperative, even as the Torah places many demands on our time: link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4
  • R Zvi Sobolofsky, based on Mishnayos in Keilim 1:6-9 illustrates how the Mishkan and Erez Yisrael represent Kedushas Makom in Mitzvos HaTelyos BaAretz, Mitzvos that function only in Eretz Yisrael such as Smicha and Kiddush HaChodesh, and how Talmud Torah in Eretz Yisrael helps us reenter the Mikdash and reconnect to Har Sinai: link
  • R Baruch Simon suggests that the Mishkan, which serves to remind us of Hashgacha Pratis, serves to reinforce the concept of involvement even on the most minute levels in our appropriate domains: link (audio)
  • Sweating the Details

  • R Berel Wein suggests that the emphasis on the detail in the building of the Mishkan reminds us that the Torah , via the Mitzvos, provides us with a blueprint for our physical and spiritual lives and serves as our attempt to deal with our own connection with HaShem: link
  • The Cherubim and the Kapores

  • R Yissocher Frand, based upon the teachings of R Shmuel Rozofsky, ZL, and R Shlomoh Riskin, explain how the Cherubim symbolize how our approach to the study of Torah requires us to maintain a child-like enthusiasm and innocence. And to avoid becoming an agent of destruction: link 1, link 2
  • R Ezra Bick explores the construction and purpose of the Cherubim and Kapores: link
  • R David Horwitz discusses the anthropomorphic and exegetical issues raised by the Cherubim: link
  • The Shulchan of the Lechem HaPanim (Table of the Show Bread)

  • R Ephraim Buchwald , based upon the teachings of R Samson Raphael Hirech, ZL, reminds us that we should strive to sanctify our work, labor and means of making a living in the same manner that the lower breads supported the upper breads, by putting aside all selfishness and one gives up oneself for the other: link
  • Mikdash Meat and Kedushas Kosel HaMaaravi

  • R Asher Weiss discusses the halachos of the Mikdash Meat and Kedushas Kosel HaMaaravi: link (aduio)
  • R Aryeh Leibowitz discusses Kedushas Beis HaKnesses: link (audio)
  • Carrying the Burden

  • R Eli Baruch Shulman discusses many Halachos related to the carrying of the Klei HaMikdash: link (audio)
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department-Part I

  • Rav Soloveitchik discusses the Halachic and Hashklafic themes of Purim: link (audio)
  • R Herschel Schachter analyzes the relationship between Purim and Bayis Shlishi, many unique Halachos of Purim , Esther’s requests of the Chachamim and the Halachic issues posed by the Halachos and Mitzvos derived from Megilas Esther: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio)
  • R David Brofsky explains many aspects of Hilcos Purim: link
  • R Baruch Simon,R Daniel Z Feldman and R Josh Flug analyze the Halachos of Krias HaMegillah ,Mishloach Ma
    nos and the Purim Seudah: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio), link 3 (audio), link 4 (audio), link 5 (audio), link 6 (audio)
  • R Mordechai Willig discusses the obligation of women in Kriyas Megilah: link (audio)
  • Shoalim v Dorshim Department-Part II

  • R Chaim Eisenstein discusses the Halachos of Biur Chametz: link (audio)
  • R Yonasan Sacks discusses the Issur Cheftza of Chametz, the Mitzvah of Matzah and Inyanaei Seder: link 1 (audio), link 2 (audio)
  • Tzeschem Lshalom Department-SOY Seforim Sale

  • R Eytan Feiner speaks about loving and living Seforim: link (audio)
  • About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student has served two terms on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and currently serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Boards of Jewish Action magazine, the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society and the Achieve Journal of Behavioral Health, Religion & Community, as well as the Board of OU Press. He has published five English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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