“כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ”
Perhaps my degree in Non-Profit Management has made this week’s parsha more appealing to me than others. In the opening of the parsha, God tells Moshe to request donations from the entire People for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). He lists 15 specific resources that are needed for the building of the Mishkan, and spends the rest of the parsha outlining very detailed and specific instructions for its construction. Low and behold, they met their fundraising goal and were able to complete their building project. I have learned several things from this biblical fundraising campaign, but the main lesson for me has been that having God endorse your building campaign is probably the best fundraising strategy around. Why didn’t they teach us that at University?
Chapter 25 (1-8)
1. ”The Lord spoke to Moses saying: א. וַיְדַבֵּר יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: 2. ”Speak to the children of Israel, and have them take for Me an offering; from every person whose heart inspires him to generosity, you shall take My offering. ב. דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת תְּרוּמָתִי: 3. And this is the offering that you shall take from them: gold, silver, and copper; ג. וְזֹאת הַתְּרוּמָה אֲשֶׁר תִּקְחוּ מֵאִתָּם זָהָב וָכֶסֶף וּנְחֹשֶׁת: 4. blue, purple, and crimson wool; linen (flax) and goat hair; ד. וּתְכֵלֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן וְתוֹלַעַת שָׁנִי וְשֵׁשׁ וְעִזִּים: 5. ram skins dyed red, tachash skins, and acacia wood; ה. וְעֹרֹת אֵילִם מְאָדָּמִים וְעֹרֹת תְּחָשִׁים וַעֲצֵי שִׁטִּים: 6. oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the incense; ו. שֶׁמֶן לַמָּאֹר בְּשָׂמִים לְשֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וְלִקְטֹרֶת הַסַּמִּים: 7. shoham stones and filling stones for the ephod and for the choshen. ז. אַבְנֵי שֹׁהַם וְאַבְנֵי מִלֻּאִים לָאֵפֹד וְלַחֹשֶׁן: 8. And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst ח. וְעָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם:
Recipe: Quiche of Donations
This quiche recipe incorporates many [interpretations of] of the 15 requested items for donation to the Mishkan. *Note: this recipe is DAIRYIngredients:
- Olive oil
- Flax seeds, 2 tbs
- goat cheese
- flour, 1 cup
- butter, 1/4 cup
- shredded cheese
- eggs (about 5)
- red pepper
- bread crumbs
In a mixing bowl, combine flour, softened butter, and flax seeds. Add some water if you need to soften the dough. Add a pinch of salt. Once the dough is evenly mixed, spread it on the bottom of a round quiche pan/dish, pinching it over the edges, so it continues along the rim. Bake the crust for about 10-15 minutes, so that it is partly baked. Remove the dish and wait to fill it with the quiche mixture.Quiche Mixture:
In a frying pan, saute in olive oil: onions, mushrooms, and red peppers.
Transfer these vegetables to a bowl, and to them mix in about a cup of spinach.
Add the goat cheese, shredded cheese, eggs, and spices. add about 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.
Mix well. Pour this mixture into the crust, sprinkle some bread crumbs on the top, and bake for about 1 hour, or until the top is browned.
Add an extra parsha touch:
Lechem HaPanim: Instead of the usual 2 challot at your shabbat meal, get 12 challah rolls, arrange them in 2 piles to resemble the Lechem Hapanim/showbread that was present in the Mishkan (assumed to look something like the image to the right) (25:30)