Terumah 5784: God Everywhere, Yet Somewhere?

Posted by Pardes Faculty on February 11, 2024
Topics: Tanakh, Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Shemot (Exodus), Terumah

Can we find value in tangible expressions or experiences of spirituality, even if they challenge our rational view of the world?

Pardes President Rabbi Leon Morris joins us this week to explore the challenges raised by the commandment to build a portable temple (the Mishkan) to serve as God’s house in the desert. How are we able to reconcile the idea of a physical home for God, when we believe that God is everywhere? Is it possible for us to fulfil our spiritual needs when they are in conflict with our rational perspectives? As we explore this conflict, we’ll also look to how it relates to the idea of the physical Land of Israel as a holy land and homeland to the Jewish people.

Credits: Rabbi Leon Morris and Rabbi Zvi Hirschfield – Pardes Faculty

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