23 Mar Rabbi Hillel Skolnik’s Torah Spark for Parashat Vayakhel-P’kudei/Shabbat HaChodesh 5777
This Shabbat we read from the double portion Vayakhei-P’kudei which brings to a close the book of Exodus. When we stop for a moment to think about the People of Israel at the beginning of Exodus, versus the people at the end of the book, the transformation is staggering. They have gone from an enslaved nation searching both for an identity and for freedom, to a free people with responsibilities to each other and to God. In essence, they’ve grown up. What is important to remember, especially in our times of instant news, instant updates and instant gratification is that this process took some time, included a number of bumps in the road, and most importantly was not over. Growing up is a lifelong process and when we expect each other to be able to change on a dime, we are setting our loved ones up for failure and ourselves up for disappointment. People can change and often do when we give them time to do it.
Rabbi Hillel Skolnik