Volume 4 Number 10 – March 13th, 2021 – 29 Adar 5781
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Sisterhood’s Book Club News
We thank Trudy Sudin for leading the lively discussion of “Finding Dorothy” by Elizabeth Letts for our February Book Club on February 22nd.
The next Book Club meeting will be Mon., April 26, 7:15-8:45 pm., on Zoom, to discuss “The Last Kings of Shanghai” by Jonathan Kaufman, a multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era.
Linda Shore will lead the discussion.
Mark your calendars for these upcoming Book Club discussions:
- June 28 “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brook – led by Linda Luks
- August 23 “Florence Adler Swims Forever” by Rachel Beanland – led by Faith Waxman
For more information or to get the Zoom link contact Terri Schnitzer.
Vayakhel-Pekudei: The Sanctuary’s Two Names
The Sanctuary is known by two names, each with a distinct connotation essential to understanding the nature of the Sanctuary. Mishkan is the “dwelling-place,” and Mikdash is the “sanctity.” That these terms are complementary, it has been noted, is indicated in the passage, “They shall make me a sanctity and I shall dwell among them.”
The Sanctuary is both the instrument and symbol of G‑dliness in this material world and its affairs, a repudiation of G‑d’s-in-His-heaven aloof from this world. But of His own accord, He does not make Himself evident; He will be seen only by those who look. A tree may be merely a tree, or it may be the handiwork of G‑d with all that phrase implies, depending on the viewer. Our personal joys and tragedies may be quite accidental, or the hand of Providence guiding men’s fate; again, the choice is ours. Every facet of existence can reveal G‑d if we will it. Thus, the Sanctuary symbolizes His presence in everything.
The terms dwelling-place and sanctity refer to G‑d and to Israel. G‑d makes His abode in what man sanctifies. Therefore, the Torah insists on the use of physical objects in the ritual. Wool cloth becomes an instrument of fulfilling G‑d’s will when it becomes a talit. Animal skin is endowed with spirituality, it acquires new qualities when it becomes tefillin, a mezuzah, a Torah scroll. All our affairs, however lowly and mundane, however seemingly devoid of soul and religious potency, if only conducted according to Torah, sanctified, create a dwelling-place for G‑dliness.
– by Rabbi Zalman I. Posner, www.chabad.org
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