Are you in sync with your life? A core Jewish concept is the inner goodness of mankind. While there is an evil inclination, mankind is intrinsically good and pure. Otherwise, how could HaShem ask us to be holy before showing us how?
The Torah is full of metaphor, and in some cases, a metaphor of itself (sounds meta, right?). Being able to see these metaphors and apply them is to go beyond the first level of Torah interpretation. There are four levels of interpreting Scripture: PaRDeS.
HaShem gives the Jewish nation the instructions of building the Mishkan as well as the Ark of the Covenant in Parashat Terumah. We have already discussed the Ark of the Covenant, so now let’s look at a different semiotic nugget buried in the text.
In the Mishkan is the candelabra, the menorah, which is the same menorah style that was maintained in the Beis Hamikdash. We do not light this menorah at any time nowadays because its sole use is for the Temple. Today’s menorahs we use for Chanukah are known as Hanukkiahs since they are nine eight working and one resting) candelabras, instead of seven (six working and one resting).
In Parashat Terumah, we come across the construction of the Ark of the Covenant, which is semiotically rich with allusion and importance.
HaShem gives us precise details on how to build the Ark, but what is the importance of reading it in our Parashat every year? While I am sure the Sages, may they be blessed, have many arguments to this purpose, and we know we read the words as part of our Mesora, I believe there is a lesson we can learn in each week’s reading.