Which is more important – the whole or its parts? We all know that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but it is equally true that the value of the whole is completely determined by the value of its parts. So which is more important? Todays' Torah portion offers some perspective on this question we face every day.
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As Jewish Community Centers (JCC) across America receive more bomb threats, a group of Evangelical Christians in Alabama plan to raise security money to help support their local JCC.
A recent Fellowship Freedom Flight took 170 new olim (immigrants) from Ukraine to Israel to begin a new life away from the continued violence and unrest in their homeland. Emmanuel Rosenzweig was the pilot of that flight, and shared with The Fellowship his impressions of that momentous journey.
You have to look closely, but across European cities you can find small brass plates with just a bit of information – a name, a date, and a fate – that pop up between cobblestones. The plaques – which commemorate those murdered by the Nazis – are placed where the person used to live or work. They serve as a powerful reminder of the lives lost.
What is the worst thing in the world that could ever happen to a human being? The bottom-line answer is to sin. But for every fall, you have a choice. It can keep you down – or it can inspire you to rise up and stand taller than ever before. Today’s devotional reflects on the power of repentance.
The crowd gathered for a funeral in Israel recently was a wonderful testament to the Israeli spirit. The funeral was for Hilde Nathan, a Holocaust survivor from the Canary Islands. Her dying wish was to be buried in Israel next to her mother. And while Hilde didn’t really know anyone in Israel, her funeral drew a crowd of more than 200 – all but one of them strangers.
Some things once you give them away are gone, like birthday presents or charitable contributions. Other things we give away, yet we haven’t lost anything at all, like a smile or kind words. However, sometimes when we give to others, we not only haven’t lost anything – we actually gain something in return! Today's devotional explores something we can give that blesses everyone.
This week’s Torah portion is about the temporary structure that would serve as the portable Temple – the Tabernacle, or in Hebrew, the Mishkan. In the opening verses, God instructed Moses to collect contributions from the children of Israel in order to construct the Mishkan. This Torah portion is called Terumah, which means contributions, and is named for the donations that God’s people would give from their hearts for His divine plan.
The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein is the mom of four children, the youngest of which, her son Shimmy, was born just last year. While she was pregnant, Yael learned that Shimmy has clubfoot, news that sent her family on an emotional journey. Parents magazine recently shared Yael’s story – and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
This week’s Torah portion doesn’t have the most exciting name. It is called mishpatim, the Hebrew word for “laws.” And yes, you guessed it, this week’s selection is all about laws – the rules and regulations for living a life defined by God’s Word and His will. In fact, there are over 50 laws listed in this selection!