10 Mar Rabbi Hillel SKolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat P’kudei 5776
This Shabbat we read from Parashat P’kudei which brings to a close the book of Sh’mot, Exodus, and with it the construction of the mishkan, the tabernacle. One thing that I notice every year about the tabernacle is that it is completely constructed before any of the instructions are given in how to use it. We know that it is meant for giving the people a place to connect with God, offer thanks, ask for forgiveness, etc, but to this moment, the Israelites did not yet know what this portable tent was for. It must have been a time of tremendous excitement yet one filled with uncertainty for our ancestors, a concept that we can surely understand as we’ve all had times where we are introduced to something, be it physical or non, without yet knowing what it can do. Yet with a little faith, we are often treated to an incredible moment, as the Israelites surely were as well when they first saw the tabernacle in use.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik