Parashat Pekudei on the Purpose of Materialism


Gold, silver and copper: the opening passage of Parashat Pekudei accounts for the vast material resources required for building of the Tabernacle, or Mishkan. While the building of the Mishkan required much material investment, it ultimately served a spiritual purpose.

What about the materialism in our day to day lives, and was the view of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidut, on this issue? Dr. Einat Ramon, Senior Lecturer in Jewish Thought and founder of the Marpeh pastoral care program, discusses the complicated relationship in Parashat Pekuidei between physical esthetics and spiritual sanctity.

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