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Rabbi's Message

February 16, 2024
7 Adar 5784
Parashat Terumah
Exodus 25:1 - 27:19

Dear Friends,

At first blush this Torah portion could be compared to an Ikea instruction manual, as we are given a detailed description of how to build the Mishkan, the traveling tabernacle that would accompany the people through the desert. The number of details can overwhelm the reader.

However, if we go back to the beginning, we discover that this is far more than an architectural plan, brilliant though it may be in its design as a structure that needs to be both built and taken down every time the people stop along the journey.

Terumah, "Donation" (Exodus 25:1-27:19), is so much more than that. It begins with the Divine telling Moses that the people are to bring God gifts to create a dwelling place for the Divine. What kind of gifts? Gifts that come from the heart of the people, freely offered, freely given. Despite having a plan of what the dwelling place should look like, the people are asked to simply open their hearts.

We know that simply opening one's heart may appear to be simple act, but in truth it is far more complicated. Opening one's heart is not an automatic response; it is easier said than it is done. Our hearts are closely guarded, yet here in this moment, as we are told later in the Torah, the people more than accept this challenge by bringing forth their very best selves.


We Mourn As One

Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu ve'al kol Israel, ve'imru, Amen.
May the One who makes peace in the heavens, make peace for us all and all the people of Israel.


 Mitzvah of the Week

Since its founding during the pandemic in 2020, the Friendly Fridge has become a major resource for those experiencing food insecurity. Under the leadership of Sara Allen and Selma Raven, they have continued to grow. Now, they need help to get to the next level, whether that be a storage container or a storefront. The Van Cortlandt Track Club is organizing a run to start the campaign. Sign up below!


Via the Friendly Fridge:

  • Did you know that a single head of lettuce can take up to 25 years to decompose in a landfill, giving off harmful methane gas the whole time? Crazy, right?
  • At the same time, a new report from the state department of health found that nearly 40% of Bronx adults self-reported navigating food and/or nutritional insecurity.
  • The Friendly Fridge BX redirected over 58,000 lbs in January alone and we are working hard to increase that number over the next year. We need your help!
  • Get a jump start on your Spring training and join us for the first inaugural Lettuce Run 5k hosted by the Van Cortlandt Track Club!
    This is a family-friendly event with different options.

March 9, 2024, in Van Cortlandt Park, across from Lloyd’s Carrot Cake

Click HERE to sign up

Wed, February 21 2024 12 Adar I 5784