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PERASHA PIKUDEI

03/04/2022 12:36:44 PM

Mar4

"These are the schedules of the Tabernacle המשכן the Tabernacle of the Testimony משכן העדות  which were listed according to the command of Moshe…" (38, 21)

 Why hasn't He returned it?

 Rashi asks – Why does it say משכן twice?  And he answers – This is an allusion to the Temple that was pawned נתמשכן by the two destructions of the Beit Hamikdash that occurred due to Israel's sins."

 Concerning what Rashi wrote the Gaon Rabbi Zalmla of Volozhin asked a strong question: Rashi explains that the word Mishkan (Tabernacle/pawn) was written twice to allude to the Beit Hamikdash that was taken due to our sins. This means that the Temple was the pawn that G-d take due to our many sins.

 In the Parsha of Mishpatim the Torah wrote about a person who took a pawn from his friend – "you shall return it to him until sunset". If so, after so many years why hasn't G-d returned the Beit Hamikdash to us?

He answers : The Torah itself explains later why a person must return the pawned item until sunset – "Were he to cry unto Me I will hear for I am gracious" – therefore, it is not worth the lender's while to keep the pawned item by him because G-d will listen to his cries and He will get back to the lender.

 Our problem is that with this pawn, the Beit Hamikdash, that G-d took from us – almost no one is crying!  So why should G-d return it?

He continues: I am certain that even if one individual prays and cries, G-d will return the Beit Hamikdash to him – He will give him prosperity and Divine Inspiration that he would have received if the Temple was built!

And certainly if there is a massive cry and plea to G-d "Redeem us! We want You to return our pawn to us! Bring back Your Divine Presence to Your city!" – we will then merit the Redemption and the building of our Beit Hamikdash, speedily in our days, Amen!

Shabbat Shalom!!

Sat, June 25 2022 26 Sivan 5782