Pekudey: The Mishkan and Me

The Torah portion of Pekudey wraps up a series of portions revolving around the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). No other subject in the entire Torah garners so much attention, so many verses, as the Mishkan. Yet, in the relative span of Jewish history, this edifice stood but for a short period of time. What practical message do these sections of the Torah convey for all generations?

We discussed in Parshas Terumah how the structure of the Mishkan reflects the structure of the Torah itself. Likewise, as the Torah ultimately serves as a blueprint for man’s day-to-day living, a holistic guide for every aspect of man’s existence, the structure of the Torah also parallels that of the human being. If so, the Mishkan and man also parallel one another. As such, each individual must view him or herself as a Mishkan, a dwelling place for the Divine Presence. After all, God says, “And I shall dwell within them” (Exodus 25:8). In that case, every person has a duty to sanctify him or herself to ensure one’s fitness as a dwelling place for the Divine Presence, for which the Torah should serve as one’s guide.

May we merit to return to the Almighty and to our Holy Land, together with the return of the Divine Presence to its ultimate Dwelling Place in the Beis haMikdash (Holy Temple) speedily in our days!

 

Based on Shla”h, Parshas Pekudey

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