Shabbat in Israel

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A beautiful day in Israel today.

Today was a beautiful day in Israel.  The temperature reached about 65 degrees F.  I took the picture above during my walk.  You can see the Ashdod marina in the background.

We are very happy to be home for Shabbat and to make preparations for the day.  This week’s Torah reading is Terumah, from Exodus 25:1-27:19.  It relates the detailed instructions G-d gave to Moses concerning the construction of the tabernacle so that it could be readily dismantled, transported and reassembled as the people journeyed in the desert.

I am reminded that, while we may not understand the specific commandments of G-d and why He gave them to us, we are to obey them.  The precise directions for the tabernacle, the specifications for the sacrifices, the distinction between kosher and non-kosher animals, etc., may seem random to us, but they are given directly from the Living G-d to His creation.  Part of faith-building for me is to obey Scripture, whether I understand the why or not.

Shabbat Shalom!

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