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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Building an Inclusive Social Space

Building an Inclusive Social Space

Parashat Terumah (Exodus 25:1–27:19)

(p.102) Nineteen Building an Inclusive Social Space
Torah Queeries

Mark George

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the readings of Exodus' Parashat Terumah in relation to social spaces. The text is characterized by an institutional rhetoric, focusing on structure, design of the Tabernacle. The narrative provides detailed attention to the features of the Tabernacle, as a reminder that the rituals and worship of God required a suitably sacred space. However, the texts do not discuss any social spaces that may culminate within the Tabernacle. Geographers and sociologists argue that space is something that societies produce and that, in turn, reproduces the social structures and hierarchies of those societies. Thus, how such space is created, organized, and given meaning is determined by the people and societies that use it.

Keywords:   Exodus, Parashat Terumah, social spaces, Tabernacle

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