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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Parsha

In this weeks parsha this purpose of existence is revealed, when the Jews in the wilderness of Sinai build a Tabernacle and G-d makes His presence dwell there.Why Would G-d Create the World?

Why would G-d create the world? No doubt you have asked this question. The Talmudic writings provide us with an answer. “G-d desired to have a ‘dwelling place’ in the lower worlds.” The expression “lower worlds” means the places where G-d’s existence is less apparent; where the choice exists to affirm or deny G-d’s existence. This is His purpose for our existence in all of the many positive and negative circumstances we find ourselves in. In this week’s parsha this lofty purpose was fulfilled. The Jews in the wilderness of Sinai built a Tabernacle and G-d made His presence dwell there.

However, it wasn’t that easy. The Jewish Nation had the recent Sin of the Golden Calf hanging over their heads. In addition

On the first day of Passover (last Shabbat) we read from the book of Exodus (12:21-51) of the bringing of the Passover Offering in Egypt, the Plague of the Firstborn at the stroke of midnight, and how "On this very day, G-d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt."

The reading for the second day of Passover, Leviticus 22:26-23:44, includes: a list of the moadim – the "appointed times" on the Jewish calendar for festive celebration of our bond with G-d; the mitzvah to Count the Omer (the 49-day

Not Too Big to Take Out the Ash

The Torah section of Tzav begins by telling us (Vayikra 6:1-4): “And G-d spoke to Moses, saying:  Command Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the law of the burnt-offering; it is the burnt-offering [that stays] on the flame, on the Altar, all night until the morning, and the fire of the Altar should be kept aflame on it.

The priest shall don his fitted linen Tunic, and he shall don linen breeches on his flesh; he shall separate the ash of what the fire consumed of

Why Is This Exile Different?

One of the most famous elements of the Passover Seder is the “Ma Nishtana” paragraph, more commonly known as “The Four Questions.” After asking, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” the paragraph continues by listing four differences:

  1. On all other nights we eat bread or matzah, but tonight we eat only matzah.
  2. On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but tonight we eat only marror (bitter herbs).
  3. On all other nights we don’t dip our food even

The ‘Right’ Kind of Jealousy

During its outline of the various korbanot (sacrifices), the Torah forbids bringing offerings of leaven and honey.(1) It then immediately tells us that, in contrast, we must include salt in all the meal-offerings.(2) What is the difference between salt with honey and leaven, to the extent that salt is obligatory, whilst the other two substances are forbidden? The commentaries point out that there is great symbolism in the sacrifices, and that each of these three