Rabbi Raymond Beyda
"Like all that I show you the form of the Tabernacle and the form of all
its utensils-- and so you shall make" [Shemot 25:9]
The Tabernacle and the Temple that replaced it in Jerusalem are
replicas of a heavenly Temple. It is similar to an artist who as
commissioned to duplicate the capital city on a small piece of paper. The
marketplace was represented by a scratch and the palace by a dot so that
the paper could encompass the entire city.
Imagine an expert artist who had many students and one of his best
asked for his mentor's approbation. The student drew his work on a small
piece of paper and submitted it to his teacher to review. When the expert
looked at the rendition of the capital city he slapped his student in the
face. "Why did you slap me?" inquired the shocked disciple. "You left out
a small dot," answered the artist. "Because of one small dot you hit me?
It is only a tiny detail in a beautiful work of art." said the shocked
student. "Don't show your ignorance," said the teacher. "It is true that
on this tiny paper it is only a tiny spot, however, in the capital city it
is the royal palace. By neglecting that dot on your paper you have removed
the royal palace from the capital."
The Mishkan -- Tabernacle -- is a representation of a Heavenly abode,
therefore all of its details must be perfect down to the smallest
measurements because an inch on earth could be a mile on high. Moshe and
Besalel supervised the collection of funds and materials to insure
precision and purity. They both realized the effect a slight variation
down on Earth would have when magnified in Heaven. Actions people do are
magnified on their way to Heaven where they are recorded in a person's
life file. One must be meticulous in misvah performance to insure the
purity of intent and deed so that one's deeds stand up to the Heavenly
magnifier on Judgment day.
TABLE TALK QUESTION FROM THE PARASHA
Why does the Torah portion dealing with the construction of the
Tabernacle -- Terumah -- with the wealth donated by the people follow the
portion dealing with laws having to do with property and financial
transactions etc.-- Mishpatim --?
The Torah teaches that money that is acquired honestly and strictly
according to Jewish law is acceptable as an offering to G-d. On the other
hand, donations made to holy causes with monies acquired dishonestly is
disgusting to Hashem and not appropriate for matters of holiness One must
be diligent in studying Torah laws regarding property to insure that all
that one possesses is rightly in one's pocket so that its use will be
pleasing to Hashem. First learn the Parasha of Mishpatim -- laws, and then
you may donate your Terumah. [Source Torat Haparasha- Rabbi Aharon Zakai]
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