The Torah has contradictory accounts of whether or not God can be seen. We deny ourselves the richness of interpretive possibility if we limit ourselves only to one way of thinking about this question, and a close reading of a single verse in this week's parashah helps remind us that there's always another way to look at an idea we assumed we understood completely.
An "angel" is a being with a divine task. Our tradition teaches us that ordinary human beings--yes, including you and me--are able to bring God into the world, and when we do, we, too, act as angels. Parashat Terumah was my bar mitzvah Torah portion, so this week's lesson holds a special place in my heart.
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”