Our parasha is called teruma – a word that means donation. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Israelites, that they take Me a donation (teruma) from every man…this donation built a sanctuary for God. Every type of material – gold, silver, bronze; indigo, purple, and crimson wool, ram skins, acacia wood…the list continues – was donated. A midrash states that God also gave a teruma, a donation. His donation was the Jewish people as it states: Israel is holy to the LORD, the first fruits of His harvest and this people He donated to be the builders of His sanctuary on earth.