"This Shabbat we start the Book of Leviticus with Parashat Vayikra. Leviticus focuses on commandments, many of which are related to the sacrifices, the holy service in the Tabernacle, and the laws regarding the consecration of the priests."
Moran writes, "We live in a broken and sick world that is in much need of healing. Is your life full of the saltiness of the Lord so that you can bring His healing to others?"
"The most precious thing that was given for the construction of the Tabernacle was not gold nor expensive stones, the most valuable aspect of it was the heart of man. Generosity was the most essential part and it is what truly built the Tabernacle of God."
Moran writes, "The book ends with a very dramatic moment in the lives of the people of Israel, as they completed the construction of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle)..."
This week’s Torah portion, like the previous ones, deals with the construction of the Tabernacle as well as the appointment of Bezalel, the chief craftsman, who crafted the holy vessels.
Moran writes, "As I was reading this week’s parasha (weekly Scripture reading), two verses jumped out immediately. They make so much sense only if we read them with the amazing continuity of God’s Word in mind..."
"If someone came in off the street while this Torah portion was being read in a congregation, he might think that he had mistakenly walked in on a sewing class."
Moran writes, "Isn’t it amazing what we find when we read the Scriptures beginning to end? He wants to be with you, dear brothers and sisters – the Living God is not a distant god, but rather One who longs to be near each of you."
"The message of the meticulous detailing of the contributions is that the simplicity of the materials is actually the greatness of the Tabernacle."
Moran writes, "Perhaps the most stunning reality that I find in the Word is the fact that God, the Creator of the universe, created man and woman in order to have relationship with us."