The sublime beauty, limitless embrace and unifying power of the Tabernacle, and later the Holy Temple, are all contained within the first sacred vessel Israel was commanded to build: the Ark of the Covenant. Just 2.5 cubits long, 1.5 cubits wide, and 1.5 cubits high, made of acacia wood and gold, and constructed by the hands of man, the Ark nevertheless managed to straddle the expanse between our finite world and our endless source.
Note: Rabbi Richman is currently on a speaking tour in the USA. This video was originally posted in 2013
Terumah (Exodus 1 25:1-27:19)
Parashat Terumah is read on Shabbat:
Adar 2, 5775/February 21, 2015