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The Ark of Testimony

The Ark of Testimony

The Arch of Titus in Rome depicts the spoils taken from the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem after its destruction in 70 of the Common Era. Not carved into the relief is the Ark of the Testament. Why is it missing?

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Purim: A Philosophic Celebration

As we know the celebration of Purim involves for unique activities and obligations. They are to read the Book of Esther during the night and day of Purim, to distribute “money for Purim” to at least two poor people, to send at least one friend two cooked foods, and finally to have a Purim feast with your family and friends.

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The Original Holy Temple

The Original Holy Temple

This week’s parsha, Terumah, starts the discussion of the Mishkan or tabernacle. This portable structure accompanied the Israelites both during their stay in the Wilderness of Sinai and later once settled in Israel.

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Servitude not Slavery

Servitude not Slavery

This week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, opens with a challenging section on what we commonly know as slavery, but like every subject in the Torah, to properly understand the matter we must look at it more closely.

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