Exodus 25:1-:27: 19
Candle Lighting time 5:13 PM
Jenny’s house is situated on a little country lane, which is often used in rush hour by drivers who want to avoid the nearby main road and traffic lights. A few weeks ago workmen arrived to repair the badly damaged road surface, bringing with them large barriers and “No Entry” signs. “I was really worried at first,” said Jenny, “thinking that I would be unable to get my car out until the road work was finished. But then I went to look at the signs more closely and realized that they said ‘No Entry: Access for Residents Only.’ No detours or barriers for me. I had the right to go in and out whenever I liked because I lived there. I felt very special!”
In this week’s Torah portion, Trumah, Moses organizes the very first building fund campaign in history the Jewish people. The portable tabernacle needed to be built. He put out a call for all the building materials like gold, silver, and copper. Of course all the talented craftspeople were asked to come forward for the construction of the tabernacle.
We know in the Bible, access to God through the medium of sacrifice was limited to the portable tabernacle and then to the Temple in Jerusalem. There were sections of the edifice that all of Israel could enter and there were sections there only the Levites could enter. Of course only the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur and offer up the special holiday sacrifices on behalf of the people.
Even though we no longer have the Temple in Jerusalem, we should still all feel special because we have an all access pass to God. Our sages taught anyone may come into His presence at any time. Rabbi Halafta ben Dosa of Kfr Hananya taught that even one individual may merit to enter God’s presence. How did he know so? From the verse, “In every place where I caused my name to be mentioned, I will come to you and bless you.“ (Avot 3:5) King David assures us that we don’t need to be a kohen or levi to have our prayers be heard as he wrote in the Ashrei, “The Lord is close to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18) There are no detours or barriers for us.
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Purim at MJCC Wednesday, February 28th, 7PM. Call us about our Purim services
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Sunday, April 15, 10:30 AM The community Yom Hashoa service, at Temple Torah
Celebrate Israel’s 70th Birthday as we march in the celebrate Israel Parade Sunday, June 3rd