Careful description of the construction of the Tabernacle to house God’s presence is outlined in this Torah portion.
What it Means for Advocates:
This week’s Torah portion reminds us about the beauty in the world around us, because even as God provides instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle, natural products are what constitute the building materials. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the fresh produce on your plate the next time you eat a meal.
Do some research – where in the country (or, increasingly, around the world) was this produce grown? How has the production and travel of this vegetable or fruit affected or changed its makeup? Do you know the worker or farmer who picked this produce? Did they make an appropriate amount of money to live off the cost of the item? Were the working conditions safe, and could any herbicides or pesticides used be harmful to the farmer’s health or yours?
How does all of this change your consumption experience? Should it?