Torah E-Thought: My daughter has a phone
 
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Torah Portion: Terumah
 
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Rabbi Eli Pink

Director of Education

Leeds Lubavitch

 

My daughter got her first mobile phone last month. As she is already a teenager, it has been a long time coming. But the phone is a basic one, without smart capabilities. While she has email and chats online to her friends worldwide, we weren’t ready for her to have this at her fingertips.         

This Tuesday was Safer Internet Day 2019. Technology in general and the internet in particular has been correctly under attack from many Rabbis. Understandably they are concerned about the effect on families and especially youth from the filth that is to be found online. Why invite trouble into our home? Unfortunately, in my line of work, too often I hear stories that would support their case. Cyber-bulling happens and unfiltered internet in children’s bedrooms is a recipe for disaster.

 

However, the Talmud teaches that ‘lo bara davar echad l’vatala – G-d did not create anything without a designated purpose. As King Solomon put it in Ecclesiastes: ‘et hakol bara, yafe beito, - He created everything perfectly, at the appropriate time.’ In our quest to turn the world into a G-dly place, G-d has given us new tools to utilise to this end. I teach through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp video calls. I post recordings from my JLI classes on our website. I’ve taught live classes on Facebook.


In this week’s parshah, G-d commands the Jews to build a home for Him. Almost half of the book of Exodus talks about the various aspects of building the Tabernacle. Imagine – the creation of our whole cosmos is covered in just one chapter in Genesis yet we read about the construction of the world’s first synagogue for five consecutive weeks! The message is clear – our mission in this world is to make it a dwelling place for G-d; a place where He will feel comfortable.

 

G-d does not just wish for a smart house or synagogue. He instructs us in this week’s parshah: ‘ve’asu li mikdash v’shachanti betocham – make a holy place for Me and I will live in them.’ Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz (1558-1628), the Holy Shelah, pointed out that the verse changes tense from singular to plural because G-d does not only wish to reside in a Tabernacle, but also live inside each and every one of us. We are all commanded to make G-d feel at home.

 

Of course, as with anything, precautions are necessary. We wouldn’t give a child a sharp knife to cut an apple until we have watched them enough times to be sure that they are safe. And we don’t hand them the keys to a car without making sure they know how to drive and are insured. Technology is a double edged sword, with the possibility to harm oneself or others, or the potential to do much good. So we weren’t ready for our daughter to have a smart phone just yet. But when we do, we hope that some of the smart capabilities she’ll be using it for will be many of the amazing Jewish apps that are available, bringing G-dliness into the world one app at a time.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Terumah

The people of Israel are called upon to contribute thirteen materials—gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; flax, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices and gems—out of which, G‑d says to Moses, “They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, and I shall dwell amidst them.”

On the summit of Mount Sinai, Moses is given detailed instructions on how to construct this dwelling for G‑d so that it could be readily dismantled, transported and reassembled as the people journeyed in the desert.

In the Sanctuary’s inner chamber, behind an artistically woven curtain, was the ark containing the tablets of testimony engraved with the Ten Commandments; on the ark’s cover stood two winged cherubim hammered out of pure gold. In the outer chamber stood the seven-branched menorah, and the table upon which the “ showbread” was arranged.

The Sanctuary’s three walls were fitted together from 48 upright wooden boards, each of which was overlaid with gold and held up by a pair of silver foundation sockets. The roof was formed of three layers of coverings: (a) tapestries of multicolored wool and linen; (b) a covering made of goat hair; (c) a covering of ram and tachash skins. Across the front of the Sanctuary was an embroidered screen held up by five posts.

Surrounding the Sanctuary and the copper-plated altar which fronted it was an enclosure of linen hangings, supported by 60 wooden posts with silver hooks and trimmings, and reinforced by copper stakes.

 
 
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