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When I was a little kid, the word “pattern” meant only one thing to me – the origami-like templates on tissue paper, cut-outs for making clothes, that came neatly folded in an envelope. Each envelope featured a drawing of a finished dress or skirt that would result if the enclosed directions were followed carefully. The idea was to pin the tissue stencils onto fabric, cut the fabric along the dotted lines, and sew the resulting pieces of cloth together on a sewing machine to form a finished garment.

In this week’s Torah reading, T’rumah, the word “tavnit” or “pattern” is mentioned...

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