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Obligation or choice?

Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/torah_portion/article/obligation_or_choice_20080208

Parshat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19) Were contributions toward the building of the Tabernacle voluntary or compulsory? Those of us who have stood before our communities during a building campaign have always tended to favor the latter option, as this makes for a more effective appeal. But the classical commentaries on the Torah -- presumably more objective in their approach to the question -- are rather evenly divided on it.

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