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3/4 March: Terumah

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Judaism does not allow graven images, yet statues were part of the ancient tabernacle/ark carried through the desert.  The statues of two angels were created facing one another, with their wings touching behind their backs.

The Talmud describes them as the faces of a man and a woman in an embrace.  (Talmud Yoma 54a)  God would speak from between the faces of the Cherubim.

I like the idea that these symbolize that God can be found where people meet one another face-to-face.  In this modern age when it is so easy to send a tweet or e-mail that can be misunderstood. The Cherubim teach us that in face-to-face meetings with one another we can find God and transform the world.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

March 2, 2017