Terumah deals with the materials, measurements and methods that were needed to build the Tebernacle. The discussion on the parasha is one of the longest in the Zohar and it gives us the real meaning behind the simple story.
Most of the articles in Zohar Terumah discuss the connection between Binah and Malchut. Rabbi Shimon said that when G-d created the world (level of Malchut, represented by the last letter "ה" of the Tetragrammaton, "יקוק"), it was in the same process as Above (Binah, represented by the first "ה" of "יקוק").
The Zohar and The Ari explain that in the process of Creation, Malchut that was only Judgment got elevated to Binah to connect and draw energy of Mercy in order to sustain its existence. They are parallel to each other to allow flow of the energy. That is why Malchut and Binah use the same letter ה. in the weekly cycle; Shabbat is when we are elevated to Binah to draw the light for the whole week. All that we need comes from Binah. Yom kippur is the highest level of connection to Binah.
In every Morning Prayer we recite a special song of the day and announce “היום־יום־שלישי־בשבת־קודש” “Today is the (day name) day of Holy Shabbat”. This tells us that every day receives energy from Shabbat, which is Binah..
When it is said "ויקחו לי תרומה" (And they will take for me donation), obviously G-d doesn’t need our Gold, Silver and Copper but out of his love to us he asks us to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle. See articles Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 on http://www.RabbiShimon.com. The verse that completes the story of creation says, "אשר ברא אלהים לעשות" “that G-d created for us to make” Genesis 2:3. It all depends on our actions.
Of the 3 metals, Gold represents left Column and Isaac, Silver represents Right Column and Avraham, Copper represents Central column and Jacob. At the beginning of the silent prayer (Amidah) and in many other prayers we use the patriarchs as a key to open the upper gates for us. The daily prayers also relate to them, Morning is Chessed for Avraham, Mincha is Gevurah for Isaac and Arvit is Tiferet for Jacob.
Zevulun and Yisasschar, two of Jacob’s sons made a special deal. Zevulum was a traveling businessman and didn’t have much time for spirituality. Yisasschar dedicated himself to the study of Torah and spirituality. They agreed to equally share the gain of their dealings, Zevulun shared his profits with his brother in return for equal share of Yisasschar’s spiritual light. The Ramchal, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, a great kabbalist tells us that a Torah study can bring you closer to the level of Yesod (the funnel of the light to the world and it is above Malchut). A person supporting the needs of a Torah student draws the light from Binah to himself. We can understand this now because a supporter and a contributor to the continuation of Torah studies in this world behaves like the light of Binah.
G-d wants to open a channel of light for us and all we need to do is to put some effort from our side. We just left Egypt, and G-d made the Egyptians to like the Israelites and give them their gold, silver and clothing. Now G-d gives us the opportunity to give back from what he gave us.
In Chronicles1 we read the story of King David on how he collected Gold, Silver and other precious items from the people to build the Holy Temple. In 29:14 he says
“וְכִי מִי אֲנִי, וּמִי עַמִּי, כִּי–נַעְצֹר כֹּחַ, לְהִתְנַדֵּב כָּזֹאת
כִּי–מִמְּךָ הַכֹּל, וּמִיָּדְךָ נָתַנּוּ לָךְ. ”
“"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
It is a great lesson from King David to make us understand that it is all from the Creator. Even the richest person in the world cannot take his gold with him to the grave. Sooner or later they will be robbed and they cannot do or say anything about it. Even the great Pharaohs and their gold inside the Pyramids could not keep the thieves away.
When we give back we create movement that is critical to keep our being and to add to it. Everything in this world is in movement. Even the hardest metal consists of molecules and atoms in a constant movement in space. That is what gives it identity. Resting state is actually a transformation state.
We were born with the desire for the self. It is the engine that makes our heart pump and circulate the blood in the body to keep it alive. That is why desires come from the heart. It holds the desire to live. Imbalanced desires hurt the heart. People that know their desires and how to balance them have healthy hearts. Feel your heart beat in different situations to realize this truth.
Increased desire for the self creates “Fat” (blockages) and enforces the laws of entropy on the spiritual and physical level. To keep a healthy and balanced diet you need to “burn” the same or more energy you draw into yourself. This process is called Terumah” “תרומה” in Hebrew.
When we give away from what we have we create a transformation, a movement that keeps us connected to the system and with the cycle of life (Elevation to the light).
No movement forces us into a state of losing our identity and to a negative transformation (Entropy, decay). We need to renew all the time. The best fuel for that is to connect to the light by giving from our energy. Whatever we have comes from the Creator whether it is money, knowledge or time. When we give to others, we act as the Creator from the level of Binah. Giving Terumah (Donation) creates Temurah (change) and draws the light of Binah.
In Zohar Terumah (With Hasulam # 537) Rabbi Chia says “It is time to act for G-d” (Psalms 119:126) and he explains that as long as people occupy themselves with the Torah, all the worlds, heaven and earth are held in existence. When they neglect the study and connection to the Torah, the worlds become weaker.
Here we understand that it all depends on our actions. WE need to connect and draw the Light from Binah for our personal strength and for the whole world. Every action that draws light to the world brings us to the final revelation of the Light in this world and to seeing the third Temple on the Holy Mount in Jerusalem.