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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Trumah 19-7


Exodus 27:9-19

You shall make the court of the tabernacle. On the south side the court shall have hangings of fine twined linen a hundred cubits long for one side.

Ex. 27:9 ESV

Why did the court have to be enclosed?

Around the court, there were curtains that made a division between the sacred and the profane. The body is the court of the human temple. This teaches us that we have the obligation of making a division between the sacred and the profane in relation to our bodies. Our bodies must be kept away from all kinds of impurity and sin that are in the world.

Let's take care of our bodies to prevent anything unworthy of a sacred temple of the Eternal from coming in. Eyes, ears, mouth, nose and other orifices of our bodies must be protected against sin and impurity.

Let's dress our bodies with dignity avoiding the exposure of their parts in a provocative manner. Men's eyes are sensitive and easily provoked by women's body parts. That's why women must cover her body with dignity and not wear tight clothes that expose their bodies which may arouse sinful thoughts among men. Let's avoid all physical contact between men and women outside of the family to prevent unwanted provocations.

Let's wash our hands before eating and after the use of the washroom. Let's eat an approved diet according to the teachings of the Scriptures. Let's drink lots of water. Let's sleep between six and eight hours every night. Let's exercise to be vital. Let's dress to avoid being too cold or too hot. Let's walk on safe paths where there is less risk of being hurt. Let's take heed to traffic rules. Let's take all kinds of precautions to take care of our bodies, thus keeping the temple of the Eternal healthy and sound. 

Shabbat shalom,


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