Shabbat Terumah (Exodus 25:1 – 27:19)
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.
When true simplicity is gain’d,
To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,
To turn, turn will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come out right.
– Shaker song, penned by Elder Joseph Bracket in 1848
Terumah means “gifts”, and talks about the building of the Mishkan (Tent of Meeting where the Ark will be kept). God tells Moses to tell the Israelites to bring gifts to use to build the Mishkan, and then goes into detailed instructions on what the ark of the covenant and all the trappings of the tent are supposed to look like. The information doesn’t become important until years later when Stephen Speilberg needs them for “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, but it was pretty spiffy of God to include the info in advance.
SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring “foods that are gifts”.
Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.