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Shabbat Commentary

2/3 June: Shabbat Naso comes in 8.55 pm, goes out 10.14pm


In Parshat Naso, we read the list of gifts, all identical , donated by the tribes in order to build the tabernacle.  Although each tribal prince donated the exact same offering, the Torah doesn’t simply state the offerings once and indicate that each tribe made the identical gift.

Rabbi Shlomo Breur, the son-in-law of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, explains that although the contents did not differ, the way in which each leader made the contribution did.  The experience of giving was highly individual.  Think about different people each bringing food to a dinner, some bring it with joy, some bring it only after great effort.  Some purchase the food out and some have time to prepare it.  Each act of giving in our lives is a chance to not only to give the item but to give of ourselves.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

June 1, 2017