Torah Pearls #19 – Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

Torah Pearls Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19, candelabrum, Menorah, tabernacle, Temple, Torah Pearls, torah portion, Temple Institute, menorahThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19). The episode opens with a lively discussion on the difference between tithes and offerings.  There follows a brilliant discussion of the "Mercy Seat" of the Ark, and what that means to different cultures and faiths.  What could have been a boring discussion of the "furniture" in the tabernacle becomes a passionate discussion of the implements that were really contained within the Ark. Continue reading

Preview of The Four Fasts of Zechariah (Rebroadcast)

The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem.This is a special preview of my Support Team Study, The Four Fasts of Zechariah, in which I discuss the four fasts found in the book of Zechariah, and whether the fasts commonly referred to as "Shivah Asar B'Tammuz" (17th of Tammuz), "Tisha B'Av" (9th of Av), and "Asarah B'Tevet" (10th of Tevet) should be observed today. Miri wrote: “One of your best teachings! Very precious. Thanks so much.” Continue reading