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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Parsha

Sometimes we wonder whether we puny individuals can make an impact on world events, whether we can make a real difference in G-d`s universe.

Most of us would give a negative response to such questions. Parshas Ki Tisa however, comes to challenge that view. This week`s parsha impresses upon us that not only is it possible for us to make a difference, but it is our imperative to do so. The portion opens with the words "Ki Tisa..." - "When you shall take a census of the children of Israel... every man shall give - ‘v`nosnu` G-d an atonement for his soul... this shall they give...all who pass through the census, half a shekel..." (Exodus 30:11-13)

At first glance, this commandment to count the Jewish people appears puzzling. Surely the

Each Shabbat we have a kiddush at our synagogue. During the winter when we pray Mincha around 12:30, we extend lunch with a class and often add some additional short speeches by congregants relating to that week’s kiddush dedication.

This past Shabbat we commemorated the Yahrzeit's of Mr. Alan Wagner the father of my long time Chevrutah, Rabbi Michael Wagner and Mr. Simcha Yusupov whose family had emigrated from the former Soviet Union, who I count among my dearest friends and who have become

In this week’s parsha, we find the commandments to build the mishkan and all the vessels that were contained therein, including the ark, the menorah and the altar. But interestingly enough, as the parsha enjoins us to offer our contributions, it interrupts the sequence by teaching us the ultimate purpose of the mishkan - “so that I may dwell in your midst.” Thus, by connecting the purpose of the sanctuary with the command to build it, the Torah is imparting to us a profound teaching which is at

This week’s perasha begins Vayik-chu Li Terumah. And let them take for me a portion or a donation. With these words begins the first Jewish fundraiser for the building of the mishkan - the tabernacle in the desert. And unlike almost any other fundraiser in our history, this one ended three days later with Moses telling the people, "we don’t need anymore, we have enough".

When it comes to building beautiful edifices, the Jewish people have always given generously. Solomon built the

"We have to do something!" With those words, as we just completed Havdala in the Synagogue, a dear friend handed me an article from one of the local papers.

The article began, "Dear Neighbor,

We may not know each another or daven in the same shul, but until recently we had so very much in common. Like you, I dedicated the early part of my adult life to pursuing my education and attaining my advanced degrees. Like you, I davened with kavanah and was ultimately rewarded with a wonderful spouse