Entries in Truma (12)
This Shabbos (Parshas Truma) falls out right before Zayin Adar, the birthday and Yahrtzait of Moshe Rabbeinu. It is a very special day as in its merit the Jewish nation was saved during the time of the miracle of Purim.
The story of the building of the Mishkan contains a lot of guidance for us in the area of Bitachon, as we know that the point of building the Mishkan was that the G-dliness that came down during Mattan Torah should remain in this world permanently. Having an abode (for Hashem) among us, whether in the form of a unique edifice or in the figure of a great tzaddik, assists us in living in a way that Hashem is a reality in our lives, not something abstract.
The boy from the vocational school in Kfar Chabad, when asked to construct an Aron Kodesh for his father’s shul, blazed a new trail in shul furnishings. To mark the sidra in which we read of the design of the aron and the Mishkan, we met with Pinchas Lachiani, owner of “Finish” synagogue furnishings, who has devoted his life to beautify miniature sanctuaries in Eretz Yisroel and abroad. * Lachiani shares moving stories and tells of the life altering month that he spent with the Rebbe, about his personal encounter with the Rebbe, the mysterious blessing he received as a boy and which was understood years later, and which aron kodesh required rappelling to construct.
This Shabbos – Parshas Truma – is also the first Shabbos of Chodesh Adar Rishon. Everyone knows that Chazal say (Taanis 29) “Mi’sh’nichnas Adar Marbim B’simcha, When the month of Adar arrives we should increase our joy.”
The Torah is, first and foremost, a Book that directs our lives. The Torah contains a total of 613 commandments. One of the commands in this week’s parsha is particularly relevant as we approach the final days of Galus: “Make for Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell in them.
As discussed above, the ruling is stated clearly, leaving no room for doubt (not even room for a doubt in the realm of k’dusha, holiness). And there is no reason to revisit the issue. In fact, the decision has already been made. * May the elimination of all these doubts discussed above bring about the elimination of doubt regarding when Moshiach will finally arrive, insofar as he is already coming and we see him in plain view, and “he points with his finger and he says, ‘that is him!’”
The event that transpired etc. is only [as it appears] to our physical eyes; it is only a test (one of the tests of the “birth pangs of Moshiach” that must take place prior to the coming of the Goel Tzedek, the Righteous Redeemer). The only purpose of this test is to hide and conceal the truth. * The purpose of the test, however, is in order [for us] to prevail and stand firm in the face of it. By doing so, the concealment and obscurity is pushed away and nullified, and the truth is revealed.
Our observance of the Mitzvos should not be confined to our limited human faculties. We must always endeavor to reveal the inner Shtus D’k’dusha, the inner voice that comes from our soul’s essence that inspires and enables us to go beyond our boundaries.
How is it appropriate to include in the description of the Messianic Era the concept that “delicacies will be commonly available, like dust”? Delicacies are things that are connected with the body viewed in its most despicable capacity, “the skin of a snake”!