Our guest this week is Rabbi Jason Miller, an entrepreneurial rabbi, educator, and blogger. A social media expert, Rabbi Miller is a popular speaker and writer on technology and its effect on the Jewish world. He writes the "Jewish Techs" blog for The Jewish Week and the monthly "Jews in the Digital Age" column for the Detroit Jewish News. Trained as a kosher supervisor, Rabbi Jason is the founder and director of Kosher Michigan - a kosher certification agency. He serves on the boards of several national and local organizations including the Jewish Outreach Institute, Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation, JARC and Kadima. He is an alumnus of the 'Rabbis Without Borders' fellowship through Clal (The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership) and the STAR Foundation’s Professional Education for Excellence in Rabbis fellowship.
This week's Torah portion - Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19) - is largely dedicated to the detailed instructions for the building of the holy Tabernacle and the Ark of the Covenant. Our discussion focuses (among other things) on the character of Bezalel, the chief artisan of the Tabernacle, and on what we can learn from all the lengthy architectural descriptions and details featured in the parasha.