Here is my d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Pekudei ("accountings"). In this parsha, we see the concluding stages of the mishkan's construction and its erection on 1 Aviv. The culmination of this entire process is when the Sh'kinah fills the house signifying His presence among His people. This teaching highlights how the Tabernacle is a manifestation of God's desire to have a house in which He and His people could coexist; a desire revealed from the very first word of Scripture - b'reshiyt. Moreover, I also delve into how the mishkan also looks forward providing a pattern of sorts for what is to come in New Jerusalem. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 60 minutes)
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This is Bill's commentary on the Torah Portion - Pekudei ("accountings"). The emphasis of this portion is the completion of the mishkan culminating in the appearance of the Sh'kinah - God's Presence - visibly filling the tabernacle for all of Israel to see. This manifestation of His glory signified that Moses' intercession and the people's repentance had succeeded in providing an environment in which God could dwell in His people. Some of the teaching highlights include:
- How the mishkan is hinted at in the word b'reshiyt (in the beginning).
- How the four-square breastplate may be a pattern for the New Jerusalem.
- How the building process parallels Creation.