Teamwork makes the dreamwork - Terumah
When you think about Am Yisrael all together, it seems like there are so many diverse groups that seemingly have nothing to do with each other. This is so much so that we see so many arguments and fights throughout history on a national scale. Although this is what it seems like on a surface level the Arizal hakadosh would compare the Yidden to a human body. He explained that if one Yid isn’t functioning at their full potential, it's comparable to a part of our collective body that isn't properly working.
In this week’s parsha, Hashem instructs Moshe to start the construction of a sanctuary on earth called the Mishkan (tabernacle). This was to give us a special place where we could practice activities like davening and karbonos (sacrifices). In order for this Mishkan to be built, each person had to do their part by donating materials like gold, silver, copper, wool, oil, etc.
Hashem commanded us to build Him a house but, since the time of its destruction, He wants us do our part in rebuilding His house today. However, in our times, building the temple isn't as simple as it used to be. We can't just donate gold, silver, or copper to the Bais Hamikdash. What we can do to bring about the ultimate construction is through learning an idea of the Torah, doing a good deed, or loving a fellow jew.
Join me this week as I take on one more thing in merit of rebuilding the Bais Hamikdash. With the effort of the Yidden coming together “like the limbs of a body,” we can all be reunited with the coming of mashiach now!
All the best! Avroham Y Ross