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Length: 50 minutes
The tents of the Imahos (matriarchs) had three constants which parallel the three mitzvos of women. Their neiros (candles) were lit from Erev Shabbos to Erev Shabbos, their Challos stayed fresh from week to week, and there was a cloud above the tent signifying Hashem’s presence. The candles represent the mitzva of lighting Shabbos candles, the Challos represent the mitzva of Hafrashas Challah (separating the Challah) and the cloud represents the mitzvos of Tarahas Hamishpacha (family purity). In our parsha we see a further connection to the keilim (vessels) of the Beis Hamikdash. Lighting the candles corresponds to the Menorah, the Challos correspond to the Challah on the Shulchan, and the laws of Taharas Hamishpacha correspond to the Ketores.
Length: 54 minutes
After the sin of the golden calf, the Jewish nation lost the crowns which they had received by Har Sinai. Throughout the Parsha, the topic of Shabbos is spoken about near the topic of the building of the Mishkan, the place for Hashem to reside. Shabbos is the beginning of the restoration of that connection which was lost by the sin. What is it about Shabbos that brings those crowns back? When keeping Shabbos there is an element of trust and giving ourselves over to Hashem through detaching from the physical world. The greatest ornament of a jew is the capacity to live beyond the physical world and live like heavenly angels. By showing that, the crowns can be restored and the presence of Hashem can live in our midst once again.
Length: 47 minutes
The building of the Mishkan (temple) is included in Sefer Shemos, the Book of Exodus, since it is a completion of the redemption. Being redeemed means being restored to where the Jews were before they went down to Egypt, with Hashem’s presence over the individual tents of the forefathers. Having Hashem’s presence in the Mishkan can be seen as either a step up or a step down from the forefathers’ level. By having Hashem in each of our individual homes or by seeing the cohesion of the Jewish nation through having the Temple, that is the ultimate goal and the final stage of redemption.
Length: 47 minutes
Yetzias Mitzrayim and the inauguration of the Mishkan (temple) both occur in the season of Spring. In this month of blossoming, we see a common quality of zerizus in the events that took place. In this shiur we speak about what the true meaning of zerizus is and how it plays an important role in the building of the mishkan, the inauguration of the mishkan, Yetzias Mitzrayim, and the holiday of Pesach.
Length: 1 hour 5 minutes
In the creation of the world, we see two parallel worlds formed: Gan Eden and outside of Gan Eden. The first world, Gan Eden, is the ideal world in which man was put there in order to maintain its goodness. In the second world, outside of Gan Eden, man is constantly in an upward battle to conquer the world and overcome those creations which were made before him. The purpose of both worlds is Shabbos. In this world, we need to live and conquer with this goal of Shabbos, the ideal world, in mind. When our purpose is laid out in the beginning making it our primary focus, and we have a crystal clear vision of Shabbos, then all of our decisions that are made the following week will fall into that framework.
Length: 52 minutes
In Parshiyos Vayakhel and Pikudei, the actual building of the mishkan is described. The term avodah (service) is specifically used to describe Bnei Yisroel’s completion of the mishkan, as opposed to the term melacha (creative work). The building of the mishkan was modeled after Hashem’s creation of the world. Hashem gives us the ability to create and produce, paralleling what He did in creation. However, we do not only do melacha; rather, we work in the framework of avodah, using our skills and creative energies for Him.
Length: 44 minutes
After Bnei Yisroel finish making the parts of the mishkan, Moshe Rabbeinu is the one to actually put it all together. As the leader of Bnei Yisroel, he is the unifier, the one who brings everyone together. People are brought together by a higher purpose and goal. In order to complete the building of the mishkan so that the Shechinah could rest, Moshe needed to unify all of the parts to form a whole, united with a common goal and higher purpose of connecting to Hashem.
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