Monday, February 12, 2018

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Terumah

   by Reb Gutman Locks   
      

Terumah

 

    This week's Torah portion is Terumah. Terumah means a gift offering. It was the portion we set aside for the Tabernacle or for the Temple. Terumah was also one of the gifts we gave to the kohanim (the priests).     

     In Hebrew, the word for trumah has the word "to lift up", or "raise," in it and this is what happened to our gifts when we gave them to the Temple or to the priests. The gifts were elevated as they went from our hands up into the hands of the Temple or to the kohen.

     Not only are physical gifts given for holy purposes elevated, but so are the ones who give them. This is also true for the deeds we do to help spread Torah. These are holy deeds and not only do such holy deeds elevate the people being helped, they also elevate those who do them.

     When you want to become holy, as we are commanded to be, do something holy for someone. Pick him up and it is guaranteed to pick you up, too.

 

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