Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Vayakhel 5776

A recurring theme regarding the construction of the Mishkan is the prohibition to work on Shabbos. The Torah informs us that despite the significance of constructing a Mishkan or Bais HaMikdash to serve HaShem, we must be careful not to violate the Shabbos in the process. It is noteworthy that the Gemara states (Bava Kama 71a) ושמרתם את השבת כי קדש היא לכם מה קדש אסור באכילה אף מעשה שבת אסורין באכילה, and you will safeguard the Shabbos because it is holy for you. We derive from this that just as קדש, i.e. consecrated foods are forbidden to consume, so too one who cooks on Shabbos is forbidden to eat from that food. If one intentionally cooked on Shabbos, that food is forbidden to him forever (Orach Chaim 318:1). Clearly the Torah demonstrates to us the gravity of violating the Shabbos, that even prohibited work has ramifications beyond the Shabbos.

Regarding the Mishkan we find a similar concept, albeit with a positive aspect. It is said (Shemos 26:15) וְעָשִׂיתָ אֶת הַקְּרָשִׁים לַמִּשְׁכָּן עֲצֵי שִׁטִּים עֹמְדִים, you shall make the planks of the Tabernacle of acacia wood, standing erect. The Gemara (Sukkah 45b) states דבר אחר עומדים שמא תאמר אבד סיברם ובטל סיכויין ת”ל עצי שטים עומדים שעומדים לעולם ולעולמי עולמים, I would think that the planks have lost their hope and they have no chance, therefore the Torah states: acacia wood, standing erect, inferring that the planks will stand for eternity. We see that despite the fact that the Mishkan and subsequently the Bais HaMikdash was destroyed, they still exist in our hearts and minds. When the entire Jewish People merits to observe the holy Shabbos, we will once again witness the miracles that occurred in the Mishkan and in the Bais HaMikdash. It is noteworthy that the word משכן forms an acrostic for the words מעשה שבת כולם נאסרים, the (prohibited) acts of Shabbos are all prohibited.

Have a HOLY and ETERNAL Shabbos

Rabbi Adler

Erev Shabbos Kodesh Inspiration Vayakhel 5776

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