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Parshas Pekudai (2)

These are the accountings of the Mishkan, Mishkan of Testimony that were counted by Moshe. ( Shemos 38/21)

Rashi explains:

” the Mishkan, Mishkan of Testimony”-the word Mishkan” is written twice, one after the other, to allude to the fact that Hashem took the Bais HaMikdash twice as collateral that we will do teshuva for our sins.

“Mishkan of Testimony”. The Mishkan is is a proof that Hashem overlooked the sin of worshipping the Golden Calf and rested the shechinah between them.

Zera Shimshon asks in the name of the meforshim that these two passages of Rashi seem to contradict each other.

In the first passage, Rashi explains that Hashem destroyed the Bais HaMikdash twice because of our sins (which also includes the worshipping of the Golden Calf (Rashi above Shemos 32/34).

In the second passage he writes that the Mishkan is proof Hashem overlooked the sin of Golden Calf, which implies that we are no longer responsible for that sin! If we are not accountable for that sin why did Hashem take the Bais HaMikdash as collateral?

He answers in light of a principle found in the Gemorro Avodah Zara that Bnei Yisroel worshipped the Golden Calf in order to teach to future generations that Hashem accepts the teshuva of a whole community and not only of an individual that sins.
Perkai D’Rebbi Eliezer adds that this was not always the case. Communal teshuva was not built into the creation of the world. Rather, after the incident of the Golden Calf there was a Moment of Extreme Love for Bnei Yisroel (Ais Ratzon) and Moshe davvened that Hashem will accept their teshuva

We can now understand how the two passages of Rashi do not contradict each other.

The Mishkan is a proof that Hashem overlooked our sin of worshipping the Golden Calf in as much that H. didn’t immediately decree our annihilation. H. gave us time to do teshuva.

However Hashem forgives us only when we actually do teshuva. Therefore Hashem took the Bais HaMikdash in order to insure that we will do teshuva.

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Parshas Pekudai

And he ( Moshe) spread the cover on the Mishkan and he put another covering over the first covering just like Hashem commanded him. ( Shemos 40/19)

The Gemorro in Nedarim (38A) says, ” Hashem only rests H.s Shechinah on a wise person, a strong person, and a rich person. (We learn) all (of these things) from Moshe. A strong person: like it says concerning the Mishkan, ‘And he (Moshe) spread the cover over the Mishkan‘…” (Since the Mishkan was 10 Amos high it must be that Moshe was strong.)

The Rosh asks why did the Gemorro bring a proof from possuk 19, “And he (Moshe) spread the cover over the Mishkan” and not from the previous possuk (18), “And Moshe erected the Mishkan… (and he stood up the beams)…”. It would seem that the beams were heavier than the fabric that covered the Mishkan.

Zera Shimshon answers that the Gemorro proof is really from both pesukim.

There is no proof that Moshe was strong from the first possuk alone “And Moshe erected the Mishkan… (and he stood up the beams)…” because we could understand that Moshe really wasn’t very strong. He was able to put the set up the planks only because Hashem helped him. The only reason that Hashem required Moshe’s help was because H. wanted Moshe to take part in the building of he Mishkan (similar to the precious stones that Hashem gave to the Leaders of the Tribes in order for them to contribute and to take part in the building of the Mishkan).

Therefore the Gemorro brings the next possuk “And he (Moshe) spread the covering over the Mishkan” to negate this possibility. Since Moshe also spread the covering on the Mishkan he took part in the building of the Mishkan. Why then did he also put the planks in place instead of Betzalal who was the main engineer? The Gemorro therefore concludes that it must be because he was strong!

Zera Shimshon goes one step further. Even if placing the planks was a miracle, there is still a proof that Moshe was strong!

Since Hashem makes miracles as close to nature as possible if Moshe wasn’t extremely strong, Hashem would have chose someone else to minimize the miracle. By the fact that Hashem chose Moshe, we can conclude that he was very strong!

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