Parsha VayakhelExodus 35:5. “Take ye from among you an offering (terumah) unto the Lord, whosoever is of willing heart, let him bring it, the Lord’s offering (terumat). . . . ." Exodus 35:21. “And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and brought the Lord’s offering (terumat). . . .”
Jewish tradition distinguishes between two types of generosity: terumah and tzedakah. The first is the giving that comes spontaneously from the heart, from neither obligation nor guilt, but from a feeling – nedivut ha’lev - that stirs deep within.
May we be blessed to practice generosity and receive the gift of the presence of God dwelling among us.