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Vayakhel-Pekudei-Parah-Chazak-Shabbat Mevarchim Nissan

Yearning and Uniting

NY City Candle lighting 6:42   Shabbat ends 7:42

Mevarchim Nissan. The Molad is next Friday afternoon, March 20th at 12:43 and 3 Chalakim

Rosh Chodesh is next Shabbat, March 21

  Shalom and Bracha!

  This Shabbat we read from two Torah scrolls. In the first scroll we read a double portion, Vayakhel and Pekudei. Because this concludes the book of Shemot (Exodus), we finish off the last reading with the entire congregation say “Chazak Chazak V’nitchazeik” which means strength, more strength, and let us be strengthened. This is because the Torah is the strength of the Jewish people and concluding a book of the Torah and beginning a new one is a wellspring of strength and a cause for celebration. In the second scroll we read the portion of Parah and thereafter bless the month of Nissan which begins next Shabbat.


   Throughout the last three portions, Hashem has instructed Moshe concerning the construction of the Tabernacle, the garments of the Kohen, and the consecration process. In this week’s portions, Moshe gathered the Jewish people, relays the instructions of Hashem, and the Jewish people construct the Tabernacle and the garments and perform the consecration. This year is very special in that this Shabbat, the 23rd of Adar, is the actual date of the beginning of the consecration and the first time the Tabernacle was erected. Seemingly, it is difficult to understand why we spend so long (five weeks) discussing the measurements of the Temple and the garments. In truth, however, it is very important.

  One perspective is that by studying the Temple and the garments, we show our love for Hashem. When we love and admire someone, we want to know all about them. If someone offers us a private tour of their home or a glimpse of their wardrobe or an invite to the opening, out of love and admiration we would joyfully accept. The Tabernacle is Hashem’s home and the garments are those that He has chosen to be worn in his home and the consecration is the opening. Additionally, each vessel and each garment teaches us a lesson in bettering ourselves. These portions are our private tour.

  Yearning for Moshiach is central to Judaism. When we don’t see the Temple, we can G-d forbid reach a situation of “out of sight out of mind.” When we study the Temple, envisioning the Ark, the Menorah and the Kohen Gadol in his full splendor, our yearning is aroused and we serve Hashem with a greater intensity knowing that each Mitzvah is a building block of the Temple.

  Every Mitzvah has three parts: thought, speech and action. When all three are possible, action is the most significant and thought and speech enhance the deed. When action cannot be performed, thought and speech take their place. This is much like someone who has G-d forefend lost one of their senses; the other senses to some extent fill the vacuum. Right now, we cannot construct the Temple. The Midrash says that when we study the construction of the Temple it is reckoned as though we were building it. Bearing in mind the words of the Gemara that every generation that doesn’t rebuild the Temple is like the generation of the destruction, studying these portions becomes very desirable.

  As mentioned before, Moshe gathered the Jewish people in order to tell them this Mitzvah. As Moshe was regularly relaying the commands of Hashem and it rarely states in the Torah that Moshe gathered the Jewish people, it is worthwhile to consider why it is mentioned here. The construction of the Tabernacle and thereafter the Temple is to reveal Hashem’s presence in the world. Unity is the prerequisite for Hashem’s revelation. Before the Torah was given, there had to be unity amongst the Jewish people. Similarly, before the Jewish people could create a dwelling place for Hashem, the aspect of unity had to be intensified. The word Vayakhel comes from the word Kehillah, a congregation. Moshe didn’t simply gather the Jews; he formed them into one entity, a congregation.

 

  The importance of unity is also seen in the festival of Purim that we just celebrated. Upon hearing of the decree to destroy the Jewish people, Esther told Mordechai gather all of the Jews in Shushan. This display of unity gave her the ability to overcome the evil decree.

  Just as unity was the prerequisite for the revelation of Hashem’s presence in the construction of the Tabernacle, unity is a preparation for the coming of Moshiach. The second Temple was destroyed because of strife and wanton hatred. Unity will caused it’s rebuilding. May we speedily merit his coming, and in the words of the prophet Yirmiyahu terminology Kahal (from the same root as the word Vayakhel) Gadol Yashuvu Heina (A great congregation will return there).

Parshat Parah-Self Sacrifice

      For the Maftir, a special portion, Parshat Parah, is read. Parshat Parah describes the Mitzvah of the Parah Adumah, the red calf, which was a necessary purification to enter the Temple in Yerushalayim and partake in the offerings. Since the entire Jewish people participated in the Passover offering, about which we read next week, this week we read about the necessary preparation. All of the Mitzvot connected to the Temple, in addition to their application in the time that the Temple stood, have teachings and meanings in our daily lives. Parshat Parah, in addition to the general reminder that Pesach is approaching, and that we must prepare our spirits and our deeds for the rebirth of the Jewish people that occurs on Pesach, has a very specific teaching as to the necessary prerequisite to the service of Pesach.

  Whoever came into contact with a dead body was forbidden to enter the Temple until he was sprinkled with the ashes of the red heifer mixed with fresh well water. The ashes were prepared in a very elaborate ceremony and kept for future generations. This ceremony has been performed nine times and the final time will be when Moshiach comes.

  The Mitzvah of the red heifer presents certain paradoxes. Unlike all offerings in the Temple, the red heifer was slaughtered outside of the Temple, and outside of the walls of Yerushalayim. However, the Kohen had to constantly face and see not only the Temple, but also the inner sanctuary. This was so significant that the Temple wall facing the Mount of Olives was built lower than the other walls of the Temple in order that the inner sanctuary would be visible from the Mount of Olives. Whoever was involved in preparing the red heifer became ritually impure, and had to go to the Mikveh and wait until the next day before reentering the Temple. The ashes, however, were retained at a degree of sanctity that surpassed even that of the sacrifices.

  Coming into contact with death represents straying from the path of Torah. The Torah is the tree of life and separation from the Torah cuts us from our bond of life. When we see a fellow Jew who is astray from his heritage, the Torah tells us that it is our duty to help him. The red heifer was prepared outside of the Temple to teach us that we must be ready to make personal sacrifices and leave our own ‘sanctuary’ in order to ‘purify’ another. Even the Kohen Gadol, who is supposed to spend his time inside the Temple had to leave the Temple in order to purify another Jew and include him in the Temple service. However, we must constantly face the inner sanctuary. When reaching out to others, we can easily make a mistake and provide a diluted Judaism, thinking that it’s better than what they have now. Facing the inner sanctuary reminds us that our goal is to bring people to the Torah, not change the Torah to suit people.

This is echoed in the name of the second portion this week, Pekudei. Pekudei means enumerations. After the construction of the Tabernacle the Torah enumerates all of the specific parts and weights and measurements. This reminds us that every detail is significant in the eyes of Hashem.

  As aforementioned, the Parah is the prerequisite for Pesach. The birth of the Jewish people, their survival and final redemption all depend upon self sacrifice for Jewish continuity.

  Maimonides teaches that the tenth Parah Adumah will be brought by Moshiach. May he be speedily revealed Amen!!

  Shabbat Shalom,

  Rabbi Biggs

In reverent memory of my mother, Bryna Bas Reb Gedaliah Michoel Halevy A”H, who’s Yahrtzeit falls this Shabbat. May her soul be bound in the bond of eternal life with Hashem

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