by Rabbi Yaakov Menken
"In accordance with all that G-d commanded Moshe, the children of Israel
did all the work; and Moshe saw all the labor, and behold, they had done it
as G-d commanded. And Moshe blessed them." [39:42-43]
In this parsha, we see extraordinary attention to detail. Each activity is
described, with precise details of how items in the Tabernacle, the
Mishkan, were built, and exactly where they were placed.
Each person had a precise job to perform. Some were doing this, some that,
but each person had to do the job to his or her maximum potential. Every
part was crucial - what would a Mishkan be without a Menorah? It would
remain lacking, incomplete! There were many different things to be done, so
completion of this great structure required everyone's dedicated
participation. But when everyone worked together, they built a Mishkan.
And so it is with every project to further Judaism and Jewish life; great
things are achieved when everyone works together, and everyone does their
Text Copyright © 1997 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis,
The author is the Director of Project Genesis.