Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 3, 2013

Vayakhale – Pikudai – And He Gathered – Counting

This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. In addition this Shabbos has a special Torah Reading called Parashas Hachodesh – The Commandment to sanctify the New Month. This New Month was Nisan, the month that the Jewish nation would be redeemed from Egypt.

As in the two Torah Readings, where action takes place by the entire Jewish nation, giving the materials needed for the building of the Mishkan, so too does action take place by the entire Jewish nation in the month of Nisan. The Jewish people went out and took a lamb to prepare for the Passover offering.

It is interesting to note that even though the material for Mishkan was basically completed in the Hebrew month of Kislev (Usually December), the Al-mighty instructed Moshe to wait until the New Month of Nisan (4 months later) to actually erect the Mishkan. Worry not for the feelings of the Hebrew month of Kislev. The Miracle of Chanuka and the rededication of the Bais Hamkikdosh, the Holy Temple would take place on the 25th day of Kislev.

We are told that one reason the Mishkan was erected in Nissan and not earlier is because Yitzchak Aveenu, Yitzchak our forefather was born in the month of Nissan. He represented the concept of the first sacrifice, in that he was willing to be offered on the altar that Avraham had built as the Al-mighty had instructed.

Thus we perhaps are being taught that each and every one of us must be prepared and willing to make a sacrifice in his or her life. This leads to the Al-mighty fulfilling His commitments by taking us out of exile (Egypt) and building the 3rd Temple (symbolized by the Mishkan in the desert) hopefully in the coming month of Nisan

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