A 100% VirJEWal Synagogue serving the needs of all backgrounds of the Jewish Community of
Central, NJ since 1983
Eli B. Perlman, Rabbi
Congregation Beit Shalom / Monroe Township is a unique Conservative Egalitarian Congregation. The difference between this and other congregations is that we are truly a family. We get together to pray, to learn, to laugh, to sing, to schmooze - and it is 100% VirJEWal. When someone is in need, we help each other in ways that continue to inspire everyone.
Now that the newly emerging Nation of Israel had laws, how were they to express the normal feelings of thanksgiving, supplication, and worship before the Almighty? What kind of sign would be needed to show the people that G-d would always be with them? Remember that the Nation of Israel was a nation of people born into slavery. They are timid and superstitious, at best. The G-d given answer to the question is the construction of a Tent of Meeting, the Ohel Moed, the Mishkan, or the Tabernacle, as it is variously called.
In this Sidra (Torah Reading), the blueprint for the construction of this very important physical edifice is detailed. While it would be very heavy, the edifice could easily be taken apart and carried by the Nation of Israel throughout their wilderness sojourn. It would remain at the very center of B’nai Yisrael’s encampment and every marching formation throughout the rest of their forty-year stroll.
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