Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Parshat T'rumah, 5773/2013 thoughts

Basics here.

I've got nothin'.

I'm sticking with my previous assertion that T'rumah (Terumah, whatever) is good only for vocabulary-building.

Monday, February 19, 2013 update (see Sh'mot/Exodus, chapter 26):

ג חֲמֵשׁ הַיְרִיעֹת, תִּהְיֶיןָ חֹבְרֹת, אִשָּׁה, אֶל-אֲחֹתָהּ; וְחָמֵשׁ יְרִיעֹת חֹבְרֹת, אִשָּׁה אֶל-אֲחֹתָהּ. 3 Five curtains shall be coupled together one to another; and the other five curtains shall be coupled one to another.

That's what I get for doing my initial reading in English--I didn't spot the interesting vocabulary until I heard this in Hebrew during the k'riat haTorah/reading (aloud) of the Torah on Shabbat/Sabbath. What the Hebrew says is that the curtains should be coupled "a woman to her sister." This is like current electricians' usage of the terms male and female parts, one plugging into the other, or, to be more poetic, like women circle-dancing together.


  • Parshat Terumah, in one word: Blueprints (Wednesday, February 02, 2011)  And I'm not too happy about the haftarah, either--Shlomo HaMelech/King Solomon seems to have built the Bet HaMikdash/Holy Temple using slave labor.  :(
  • Parsha puzzles: Out of the blue (Thursday, February 03, 2011)  The standing-on-one-foot version:  What's an ephod?
  • Parshat Terumah/T'rumah, 5772/2012 notes (Thursday, February 23, 2012)  HaShem gave two totally different sets of instructions regarding the material out of which the mizbeach/altar was supposed to be constructed?

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