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Parshat Pekudei

Dear STOCS Friend:


The building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) has always been difficult for me to visualize. When I look at an architectural sketch of a building, in my eyes, it looks like a bunch of lines and dimensions. The Torah’s description of the Mishkan and its utensils is far more than lines and dimensions. The Mishkan was meant to be Hashem’s abode on earth. Its building was an affirmation of the unity of the Jewish people. After reviewing the past few parshiot I noticed that piecing together the Mishkan was possible through the use of לולאות (loops) which connected one item to another. 

Without the לולאות (loops) the completion of the Mishkan would not have become a realization. Today, the “loops” that bind the Jewish people together have been strained, weakened, or in some cases have lost their integrity completely. This is the very accusation Haman made about the Jews when speaking with Achashvarosh.

With the war in Israel and an unprecedented rise in anti-Semitism in our country, the need for stronger, closer and more substantial bonds among the Jewish people is imperative. It may seem out of reach for some Jews who have distanced themselves from Israel and the Jewish people, but we should not and cannot give up on any Jew.

In Parshat Pekudei we read:

 וַיַּ֨רְא מֹשֶׁ֜ה אֶת⁠־כׇּל⁠־הַמְּלָאכָ֗ה וְהִנֵּה֙ עָשׂ֣וּ אֹתָ֔הּ כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה יְהֹוָ֖ה כֵּ֣ן עָשׂ֑וּ וַיְבָ֥רֶךְ אֹתָ֖ם מֹשֶֽׁה

Moshe saw all the work, and behold, they did it as Hashem commanded, so they did; and Moshe blessed them.

In response to the holy and meticulous work of the Jewish people, they received a bracha from Moshe. Let our efforts in bringing unity to the Jewish people be warrant a bracha from Hashem Himself.

I look forward to seeing all of you on Shabbas.  Shabbat Shalom!


Rabbi Evan Shore


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