'Trapped' and Speechless Texts Parashat Teruma

Despite the efforts of thousands of scholars over the millennia to read and explain God's words, there are certain places where the words refuse to be read, where God's word has been inscribed but has gone no further.

In this week's reading, God commands Moses to prepare the utensils and vessels of the Tabernacle. In the detailed instructions for construction of the seven-branched candelabrum (menorah ), the Torah says: "And in the candlestick four cups made like almond-blossoms, the knops thereof, and the flowers thereof" (Exodus 25:34 ).