Vayakhel – Pekudai 5775

The Parshiyos that discuss the building of the Mishkan are hard to relate to. What message can be learned from all the myriad details necessary to build the Mishkan?

Furthermore, why is it necessary to discuss it in such length, when a simple overview would suffice?

It becomes more perplexing when we ponder that had Bnei Yisroel not sinned by the Meraglim, the Mishkan would have lasted not more than a few months in the desert, because they would have immediately entered Eretz Yisroel.

Why then is it necessary to elaborate about this short-lived structure, and what can we learn from it?

Although the physical structure of the Mishkan was in existence for a relatively short period of time, the fundamental principles learned from it are eternal.

Medrashim say that the Mishkan is a microcosm of the world, a person’s home, and even the human body. The 39 melachos of Shabbos, one of the fundamental mitzvos, are derived from the work needed to build the Mishkan. By refraining from these actions we acknowledge that Hashem created this world.

In a deeper sense the Malbim elaborates how the different limbs and organs of the human body correlate exactly to the measurements of the Mishkan.

These mystical connections are beyond our comprehension, but there is a practical lesson that we can learn. The culmination of the Mishkan is related in the last few pesukim of Parshas Pekudai where it says, “And the glory of Hashem filled the Mishkan”.

All the hard work paid off.

So too in our personal lives we must strive for the same results. Whatever action we do in this world should bring the Shechina down into this world. It will surely pay off.

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