One of the valuable lessons I learned from my adults Birthright trip in June 2018 is mishpacha. Mishpacha is Hebrew for family. During this trip to Israel, I had the opportunity to bond with not just those on my bus, but also with the land and Jewish individuals at large. This experience was invaluable as a whole, but also simply because I felt connected to my own Yiddishkeit.
The notion of upgrading is a uniquely human problem. The concept is simple – there are improvements/revisions and thus a change that justifies upgrading and/or replacing. The famous Apple iPhone cycle is a perfect example of it: each year Apple comes out with a “better” handset and people upgrade to the newest device. Even the operating system is upgraded every year.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? You have a vessel you can board that could take you anywhere…
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).