Torah E-Thoiught: A Long Tea Break
 
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Torah Portion: Pekudei
 
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Rabbi Eli Pink
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Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Packing boxes has been a very much part of our lives for the past couple of months while we have been having some work done in our house. Packing rooms up, unpacking them and moving boxes from room to room. With some boxes still waiting to be unpacked, almost accusing in their silence, I was thinking about an interesting Midrash connected to this week's parshah.

For the past few weeks the weekly parshah has been talking about the building of the Mishkan - Tabernacle - and its contents. In this week's parshah of Pekudei we read about the actual construction of the Mishkan.

The command to build the Mishkan was given to the Jewish people the day after Yom Kippur and the fundraising and building of all the parts was completed by the 25th of Kislev, less than three months. Instead of building the Mishkan straight away however, the Mishkan lay folded up for another three months until the beginning of the month of Nissan. That is a long tea break!

The Midrash recounts how the Month of Kislev felt deprived. Why did it not merit to have the Mishkan constructed during its days? It took its complaint before the Heavenly Court and G-d agreed that Kislev must be compensated. Many years later the rededication of the Beit Hamikdash took place on the 25th of Kislev which is now commonly known as Chanukah.

Moses erected the Mishkan seven times on seven consecutive days and then dismantled it each time, signifying the seven Sanctuaries that would serve the Jewish people: the Mishkan in the desert, then later when they came into the Holy Land, the Mishkan was built in the towns of Gilgal, Shiloh, Nov and Givon, and the then the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. Seven times Moses dismantled the Tabernacle and then set it up again, so that the future falls of these Sanctuaries should not be permanent, but be followed by a rebuilding.

Although we might be in what sometimes looks like a long galut (exile) with no end in sight, we are guaranteed that the destruction of the seventh Sanctuary will be followed by the building of the Third Temple, which shall never be destroyed. And just like unfinished building work and unpacking stacks of moving boxes, although we may at times despair whether we will ever reach the end, if we stay the course and remain committed to our mission, we can be assured that the final redemption will finally come, may it be speedily in our days!

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Pekudei

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments—the apron, breastplate, cloak, crown, hat, tunic, sash and breeches—according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil, and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the Divine Presence that has come to dwell within it.

 
 
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