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Building the Tabernacle dominates the remaining Sidrot in Shemoth. At its essence building a place of worship is described in 25:8 “And let them make for Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell within them” The original Hebrew text conveys something more than the translation. The original Hebrew reads almost like a non sequitur. The sentence begins with G-D commanding a sanctuary be built for G-D. Yet, the result arising from the sanctuary’s construction is not that G-D’s presence occupy the sanctuary but that G-D's presence the Shechina dwell within each individual.
How does building the sanctuary bring G-D’s presence within each individual member of Bene Yisrael. Rabbi Yechiel Michel HaLevi Epstein ZT’L’ ZY’A in Torah Temimah (Shemoth 25 note 9) questions the relevance of building G-D’s house to G-D Himself? After all His presence is everywhere, why build a dedicated structure for the infinite all present G-D?
The Torah Temimah that it is not the building itself rather “ . . . The Holy One Blessed be He desired Bene Yisrael be occupied in the Tabernacle’s construction with dedication to G-D . . . G-D so cherishes the nation’s labor He is prepared to have His presence, the Shechins rest within each Jew wherever and whenever one may be found. The Beit Aaron of Karlin ZT’L ZY’A explains further that the Tabernacle represents a totality. The Tabernacle’s construction employed all manner of labor and the items constituting the structure and its furnishings come together creating a unified whole. Man too has the capacity to develop in to a unified whole dedicated to G-D’s service.
The house dedicated for worship is the product of labor, the place of prayer is built upon common occupations engaged in raising one’s ordinary skills to a higher purpose. The holiness of the Tabernacle originated with skills, labor, raw materials and tools dedicated to holy purposes. The ability to raise the everyday to the sacred even in a stealthy manner.
Possibly the notion that holiness can come into the world through common everyday activities and materials fits very well in with the motifs associated with the Month of Adar. Adar the month when Purim is celebrated is read by Rabbi Menchen Nachum Twersky of Chernobyl ZT’L ZY’A as ALEPH Dar, the dwelling place of the Aleph. Aleph as the first letter in Hebrew alphabet is associated with G-D the first cause, the Aleph.
During Adar the events depicted on the book of Esther show how deeply the Aleph dwelt with Jewry even in the depths of Exile while facing the threat of genocide. All the events in the Purim story take the form of a string of hidden miracles when woven together standing alone they are just random news stories. It takes being aware that G-D dwells among Jewry even if the holiness is garbed in a tradesman’s honesty, a professional’s caring spirit a student utilizing state of the art technology for a holy purpose. Knowing the Aleph dwells in the physical world, knowing through Torah human creativity and skill can transform all the world has to offer to a Sanctuary for G-D.