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Gematria Shemot Terumah - 7
Exodus 25:1 - 27:19
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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
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Exodus 25.1 - 8
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, that they bring me an offering; from every man that gives it willingly with his heart you shall take my offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them; gold, and silver, and bronze, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and goats' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set on the ephod, and on the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.
Some years ago several rabbium, and I founded and operated a non profit program. We solicited new and used gifts from our community. The organization gave the gifts to Jewish educational institutions that needed them, sold others gifts to raise funds for Jewish education and discarded the unusables. We were paid for bulk clothing and shoes etc. One day we were having a yard sale. Many items were on display, including a dozen or so bikes in very rough condition. A middle aged man seemed to be taking an interest in these bikes. A few of us noticed. We thought maybe he was a bike dealer. After a while I approached him to begin a conversation. The first words out of his mouth were, 'It's amazing what junk some people will give to a non profit organization.'
Over the years I have experienced and shared many humorous and sad stories. I cannot count the times someone has said to me, 'Akiva, it's amazing the discards people try to pawn off on non profits.'
It is one thing to give away a useless piece of discarded junk and an entirely different matter to give away a priceless, warm, special treasure that happily lives in your home or office.
This week's parshat is saying only certain things belong in God's House. Only certain chosen items can live in the Mishkon. Other items cannot connect or attach to what is designated as Holy, as Separated for the Mishkon and its purpose and its service.
Now this is a problem for some of us. We struggle understanding the designation of HOLY or SEPARATED! In Judaism we have many categories that The Lord has said are Holy and that The Lord has Separated. It is unfortunate when we fail to comprehend the elevated status of these items. In Judaism we take certain mundane items, things, articles, clothing, seforim, places, animals, birds, fish, people; and we separate them and bless them. These items become Holy! They become Sanctified to The Lord.
We are suppose to have a standard in Judaism. The Lord is the architect, the general contractor, the purchasing agent, the builder and the inspector. He determines how things are done. This week's parshat relates the material for the construction of the Mishkon along with the exact construction details.
ONLY CERTAIN MATERIALS are usable in the Mishkon. PERIOD! These materials were selected by God! They are the only ones that can be used! In Judaism things are done a certain way. Judaism is NOT one of these flexible mix and match kinds of religions! The same God who said ONLY THESE ITEMS CAN BE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MISHKON IS THE SAME GOD WHO DEFINED JUDAISM!
God set a standard for Jews to live by and that is what we had better do! If we want God to live in our house then it has to have the material that God has prescribed. It has to be built according to God's directions. God will not live in a house built with unsanctified materials. God will not live in a house constructed in a way other than He has directed. This is one of many reasons why intermarriage is SO VERY WRONG FOR THE JEW! It's a mix and match of materials! God cannot sanctify the relationship! IT IS WRONG!
There was an individual who was employed to work on a particular project. He was the purchasing agent for this project. His responsibility was to acquire the material according to the required specifications. Years later that structure developed problems. An investigation was made. The investigator determined that the purchasing agent ordered an inferior product, a product not acceptable according to the required specifications. This man was terminated from that company and held responsible for his actions. Why is it that we can understand this, but we cannot understand God's instruction?
There was another man who was a general contractor on a project. He was responsible for building a custom home. He modified a room from the original plans by just six inches without telling anyone. He saved thousands of dollars because of his modification. This modification was not discovered until the owners were moving in. Their grand piano would not properly fit in its designated area. Why? A special area, a balcony overlooking the front room lounge designed just for this very expensive and impressive piano was modified. Can you imagine the frustration? Can you imagine the problem? The custom home was perfect except for... Years went into the planning and now...
Dear reader, God has made a plan that He expects to be followed. Our junky discards are unusable and unacceptable. God requires men and women with a GENEROUS HEART, people who will follow His instructions. God wants people who will not attempt any substitutions or modifications. Modifications by men and women will NOT WORK in God's plan. Otherwise they are no longer God's Plans.
Dear Reader this was a problem for Cain, the son of Adam and Eve. He brought spoiled flax seed as an offering. His offering was rejected. He was angry with God because his offering was rejected. Is this what we want? Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 144
Terumah means donation, a portion set aside
ת400 ר200 ו6 מ40 ה5 = 651
Terumah - With the Terumah we cannot give away everything. - We can only a portion. God's Command to contribute to building the Mishkan even precedes His Command to actually build the Mishkan.
Each gift that was brought to build the Mishkan elevated this world. Each gift of myself that I bring to The Lord elevates a spark of creation.
Silver was used to build the framework of the Mishkan. Silver as we all know has dross and has to be refined. So we refine the silver. We remove the impurities. It must be done His way. We want a Mishkan that is useable. We want a Mishkan where He can and will Dwell.
Ee Mih Raw Tee = Listen to my words
א1 מ40 ר200 ת400 י10 = 651
When we do want we want who is in charge? This is perhaps like following one of the many religions in the world. Our goal should be to obey the Commands of the Creator and to stop listening to the religions of the world.
Giving with a GENEROUS HEART is important. Giving a useable gift is also very important. God has specified what He can use. What does God need from us?