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The Animal Within
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“אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן לה’ מן הבהמה; מן הבקר ומן הצאן תקריבו את קרבנכם” Life is a struggle between the spiritual and physical. The goal of a korban – and our goal in life – is to elevate an animal which is חי to the level of מדבר – from אדם to בהמה. This […]
The Broken Mishkan
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The entire essence of Pekudei is the accounting of the Mishkan. The Mishkan mentioned twice in the opening pasuk – אלה פקודי המשכן משכן העדות. When Balaam blesses Bnei Yisrael he also refers to משכנותיך, in the plural. The repetition represents the mishkan when it is built and when it is destroyed. This alludes to […]
Hidden Miracles and Free Will
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Through the miracle of Purim we learn that Divine Providence is with us at all times and planning salvation, even if God is very hidden or removed (הסתרה בתוך הסתרה). Why doesn’t Hashem just perform open miracles? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
Building and Yielding
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Before explaining how to build the Mishkan Moshe begins with Shabbos to show that building the Mishkan doesn’t override Shabbos. Rebbe Nachman asks: why would we ever think building the Mishkan overrides Shabbos – nothing overrides Shabbos except saving a life! The purpose of the Mishkan and of Shabbos are the same – to bring […]
Finding Your Mishkan
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After Chet HaEgel Moshe advocates for Bnei Yisrael by saying “G-d, why should You get upset”? Hashem is upset because they sinned! “שחורה אני ונאוה”: Chet HaEgel fundamentally changed Bnei Yisrael. Nevertheless, Moshe said., they are still beautiful because of the good they do (here, the Mishkan). Moshe’s greatness was the ability to find the […]
Luminescent Leadership
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Hashem commands Moshe to collect olive oil for the Menorah to be a ner tamid. Why, when it came to the oil for the menorah did Hashem tell Moshe take for you (Moshe) whereas when it came to the donations to mishkan in Terumah Moshe was commanded take for Me (God)? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
Packing up Your Mishkan
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Why does the Torah goes out of its way to detail all the materials used in constructing the Mishkan – the Mishkan was only temporary! Just as the Mishkan was portable, we are meant to seek out Hashem wherever we go; we should always be searching out Hashem: איה מקום כבודו. Seeking Hashem is not […]
All in, All the Time
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When Bnei Yisrael say Naaseh V’Nishma they submit in totality to God, no questions asked. Rebbe Nachman: how is it possible to do anything before knowing what it is? The Jews don’t say “we will do” before they hear anything; they say “whatever Hashem says, we will do and listen”. If then, what is the […]
Understanding Unity
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“ויסעו מרפידים ויבואו מדבר סיני ויחנו במדבר ויחן שם ישראל נגד ההר” The torah, as the “daughter” of Hashem contains secrets (understanding the deeper messages of everyday life through Torah) we can’t uncover on our own. We need achdus in order to unlock the secrets of Torah. Only when unified do we have the spiritual energy to unlock […]