...all the artisans who were engaged in the tasks of the sanctuary came, from the task upon which each one was engaged, and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than is needed for the tasks entailed in the work that the Eternal has commanded to be done."
"And I commanded you, at that time, about the various the things you should do" (Deuteronomy 1:18).
As I prepare this commentary, it is early January, and we are reading through the first few parashiyot from the Book of Exodus. For three weeks, we have been following the dramatic story of Moses's emergence as a leader and his confrontation with Pharaoh.
At the end of the second act of The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, Hamlet designs a clever trap, a custom-written play-within-a-play, in the hope that its actors will lead Denmark's treacherous King Claudius to indict himself in the plot that killed Hamlet's father.
You might think that religion would be most successful in societies where a particular religion is able to establish itself and maintain a monopoly, but history has shown that this is not the case.