Insights for the Younger Tzadikim
Important is Shabbat?
Torah, whenever we see something that seems out of place,
there is a reason for it.
This Parashah describes the actual building of the
Mishkan (the Tabernacle).
The last three Parashot talked about the materials,
the design, and how everything was to be done.
This week, the construction and assembly begins.
Yet, something else is said right at the beginning of
the Parashah and there is a great deal we can learn from
says (Perek Lamed-Hay - Chapter 35):
1. Moses assembled the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and said to them - "These are the things that Hashem commanded, to do them:
2. "On six days, work may be done, but the seventh day shall be holy for you, a day of complete rest for Hashem; whoever does work on it shall be put to death:
3. You shall not kindle fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.' ":
4. Moses said to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel, saying - "This is the word that Hashem has commanded, saying:
5. 'Take from yourselves a portion for Hashem, everyone whose heart motivates him shall bring it, as the gift for Hashem - gold, silver, copper:
6. turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool; linen, goat hair:
7. red-dyed ram skins, tachash skins, acacia wood:
8. oil for illumination, spices for the anointment oil and the aromatic incense:
9. shoham stones and stones for the settings, for the Ephod and the Breastplate.':
Stone Edition Chumash by ArtScroll Publishing
God even begins to discuss the assembly of the Mishkan, He
talks about Shabbat and about kindling a fire.
Why? Let's consider the important of the Mishkan for a moment.
The Tabernacle was going to be a home for the
Presence of God. God
would dwell among B'nei Yisrael (the Children of Israel)
there. This obviously is a very important thing - the home for God
on earth. Yet,
God says the Sabbath is more important.
He was telling the people that the Sabbath must come
first - even before His dwelling place here.
fire? Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch tells us that it is fire that gives
us the most control over our world.
With fire, we can make tools, cook food, and do many
many things. For
this reason, God specifically discusses fire so that we will
recognize that although He gave us mastery over the world,
we have to remember to give Him mastery over how we live in
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