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An Attitude Problem

Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)

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The personals sections in an Israeli newspaper contained the following ad: "Jewish man seeks partner who will attend shul with him, light Shabbat candles, celebrate holidays, build sukkah together, and go with him to brit milah and bar mitzvah celebrations. Religion not important." The absurdity, of course, makes us laugh, but the humorous story actually emphasizes an important message contained in this week's portion. The Torah underscores that not only is religion itself important, but our attitudes about it are crucial.

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