Terumah

Terumah 5769

February 24, 2009

What is the nature of sacred space? Is it intrinsically holy?  Or does it become holy because of the actions of people? This week's Torah portion, Terumah, is about sacred space.  The major spheres of holiness in Judaism are time — as in Shabbat and the holidays; deeds — doing various mitzvot (commandments); and...
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Terumah 5768 — God’s Intellectual Property revisited

February 2, 2008

This coming week’s Torah portion is Terumah, which includes among other things detailed instructions for the construction of the mishkan which I used last year as a launching point for a discussion of the protection of intellectual property under halacha.  You can read it here .  I’m happy to report this year that my...
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Terumah 5767 — God’s Intellectual Property

February 23, 2007
Terumah 5767 — God’s Intellectual Property

God is a stickler for details. This week’s Torah reading, Terumah, contains all the design details for the Tabernacle, the portable Temple, and its contents. Look at all the details given in the instructions for building just one of the ritual objects, the menorah: “And you shall make a menorah (lampstand or candelabra) of...
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