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Terumah: Is There a Face Hiding in the Mishkan?


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In Parshat Terumah, we are given explicit details about how to build the mishkan, the Tabernacle that traveled with the nation of Israel through the wilderness. In this video, Rabbi Fohrman argues that the mishkan represents the ‘face’ of God, and asks us who we really are – our physical bodies, or the souls that lies behind them?



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About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


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9 Responses to “Terumah: Is There a Face Hiding in the Mishkan?”

  1. Can't wait for your next parsha

  2. Gary Harper says:

    It is analogous to the veil of the bride, that partially hides the face. People only think of the masculine God of judgment, never the old, feminine God of love, who is referenced in about 10 percent of the Scriptures. The feminine version is mostly overshadowed later by the masculine one. Who do people think is behind everything? Do not the ones God choses, anoints, look upon his face? Every artist is aware of the faces in artworks, so it is no different here. Study the photos of the marl cliffs around Qumran for a while, and tell me you do not see faces in the rock. The Tabernacle references this visible reality that is seen in the creation. Every child sees the faces in the clouds; it is the adults who do not. Close your eyes slowly, most of the way, then open them slowly, and it will come out in the cliffs, and in paintings. The paintings of Rubens and Cezanne reflect this, so why not the Tabernacle?

  3. Tammy Kat says:

    You are a great teacher. Thank-you.

  4. Livia Sklar says:

    Thank you, Rabbi Fohrman, for your insights on this Torah portion. Look forward to your conclusions next week.

  5. Avrumi Weiss says:

    I heard something on this . the fact that the mishkan contained the 2 sets of luchos bringing quantity into existance as well as the 22 letters of the hebrew alpha bet bringing words into the world allowing exsistance to be bourne. These 2 elements r all the secrets that r needed to understand creation.So it makes TOTAL sense that this should be seen as the BRAIN so to say,of Hashem!

  6. Judy Evans says:

    Very interesting! Rabbi Fohrman raises some thought provoking questions, yet teaches us something at the same time. I had never thought of the elements of the tabernacle, having any other meaning, other than the obaviousl. I am going to look deeper into things from now on, instead of just on the surface, or what things look like. thank you, Fabbi Fohrman.

  7. Basha Kline says:

    I feel on the face of such profundity that I have little to say except that Gd has many faces, or facets which shine like a diamond lighting many areas of our lives. It is up to each individual to absorb these lights and in turn illuminate someone else with such knowledge. Thank you for the explanation.

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