5780 — Terumah: Three Life Lessons about Furniture, Love Languages, and Silver Sockets

Posted by Tovah Leah Nachmani on February 23, 2020
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Shemot (Exodus), Terumah

From an irresistible page-turner throughout the Egyptian slavery, the traumatic plagues, the exhilarating exodus, and earth quaking revelation at Sinai, the Torah slows to a crawl, with a series of five Torah portions, spread over nearly 15 chapters dedicated to the construction of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. The tabernacle was the portable structure built by the Israelites in the desert which provided a collective center for their spiritual and communal life together. The Torah dedicates more verses to the Mishkan than to any other mitzvah in the entire tradition. This podcast mines Parshat Terumah for three fascinating and profound life lessons we can learn–with a bit of creative association–from the Mishkan: about Furniture, Love Languages, and Silver Sockets.

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Credits
Tovah Leah Nachmani – Faculty Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
Larry Kluger – Creative Consultant
Arlene Harel – Production Coordinator
Adam Titcher – Executive Producer and Director of Digital Media

About Tovah Leah Nachmani

Tovah Leah Nachmani has been teaching a combination of Torah, Hebrew, Prayer, and Relationships Intimacy at Pardes for 20 years. She received her Teaching Certification with excellence in Tanach and Jewish Thought from the Michlelet Herzog Seminary in Gush Etzion, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University, with a degree in Religion and Near Eastern Language and Literature. Tovah Leah has written and guided experiential learning programs for mothers and their daughters of Bat Mitzvah age at the Women's Beit Midrash in Efrat, where she previously taught Prayer and Jewish Thought. Prior to Pardes, she dedicated over 10 years to Jewish education, together with her husband Gabi, for Livnot U'Lehibanot ("To Build and Be Built") in Tzfat and Jerusalem. They co-authored the first Shabbat song book with Hebrew and transliteration, "Zemirot from Livnot", with over 50,000 copies purchased internationally. Tovah Leah invested her creativity to assist in developing Ayeka – an international organization training Jewish lay and professional leaders to facilitate Ayeka spiritual education seminars for Jews of all backgrounds and affiliations. She encourages and empowers her students to engage mind, heart and body in a transformative educational process. Tovah Leah is also a Holistic practitioner of Reflexology, promoting physical and emotional health. Tovah Leah and Gabi, who live in Gush Etzion, are the proud parents of seven children and the grateful grandparents of many grandchildren. Online learning: Click here to view online learning material from Tovah Leah on Elmad, online learning powered by Pardes. Contact: tovahleah@pardes.org.il

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