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In this week’s
Parsha
,
 
we will read about the building of the
 Mishkan
. As we read the Torah, we find that Hashem gives exact details when it comes to the order of building the
Keilim
 of the
 Mishkan
. We are told to first build the
 Aron
, then the
Shulchan
, then the
 Menorah
, then the
 Mizbeach Ha’Ketoret
, and lastly the
Kiyor 
. At times, it seems as though the entire
Parsha
 is about the measurements of the vessels used in the
 Mishkan
. In next week’s
Parsha
,
Parshat Pekudei
,
 
we turn to the intricacies of the clothing of the
Kohen Gadol
. There too the Torah recounts the production of the holy articles in painstaking and meticulous detail. As we know, the Torah never wastes a single word or even a letter when conveying its message. When it appears that there are extra words, we know that the Torah is trying to tell us something. One example is by the
 Mitzvah
of
Kaved Et Aveicha V’Et Eimecha
 – honor your father and your mother. From the word
Et
, we are able to
Darshin
an array of
Halachot
 on the subject of respecting our parents. Based on this concept,
Parshiot
 
Vayakhel
 and
Pekudei
 pose profound issues because we already learned all the characteristics of the
 Mishkan
, its vessels, and the priestly clothing in the
Parshiot
of
Terumah
 and
Tetzaveh
.
 
Since the Torah never wastes even a word and certainly not entire
 Perakim
, there must be a message to be gleaned from the repetition. What is the Torah trying to teach us?I have heard an answer that I feel has a great lesson for each and every one of us. Between the
Parshiot
 of
Tetzaveh
 and
Vayakhel,
there is the
Parsha
of
Ki
 
Tisa
. In the
Parshiot
preceding
Ki Tisa
,
Terumah
and
Tetzaveh
,
 
the
Bnei Yisrael
 get as close as they could to Hashem. They are so close that
Ha’Kadosh Baruch Hu
 commands them to build a house for Him, so that He can be close to the people of
Klal Yisrael
 all the time. However, in
Parshat Ki Tisa
, the  Jewish people sin by creating the Golden Calf, which creates a seemingly interminable distance between
 Am Yisrael
and Hashem. So, Hashem decided that the Children of Israel needed to start all over again and completely rebuild the relationship between Him and
Klal Yisrael
. Because we were starting completely anew, Hashem gave us all the particulars of the
 Mishkan
a second time. I believe the Torah is teaching us a powerful lesson. When Hashem decides to allow
Bnei Yisrael
to once again get close to him, He gives us a completely clean slate.
Everything
that had occurred in our relationship with the
Ribbono Shel Olam
 prior to the
Chet Ha’Egel
 was expunged. The same concept applies every year on
Yom Kippur 
: we are fully cleansed of all our past sins, and we are given another chance to connect with Hashem on a deep and personal level. We too must behave in a similar manner when forgiving our friends. If we do not thoroughly “forgive and forget,” then we will never be able to truly move on from the negative deeds that our friends have committed. And, if we are not able to erase the memory of the sin, then we will not be able to reconstruct and develop the relationship with our friend. However, if we learn to completely forgive, then we will,
B’Ezrat Hashem
, be
Zocheh
to build a connection with our
Chaverim
that is even stronger than it was before the misdeed occurred.
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Likutei Ohr 
 A few Parshiot ago, in Parshat Tetzaveh, Hashem commands Moshe to build the Mishkan. Not only does Hashem give Moshe detailed instructions on how to build the Mishkan, but He also tells Moshe how the services should be carried out. On the  first day that the Avoda is done in the Mishkan, Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu act irresponsibly and are killed by Hashem; their deaths illustrate the seriousness and solemnity of the Mishkan.Nowadays, in Galut, we no longer have a Mishkan; in its place we have Batei Knesseyot and Batei Midrashot. Our Shuls serve as our main venue for Torah learning and Tefillah, activities that help us come closer to Hashem. Our Shuls are so holy that they are referred to as a Mikdashim Miatim, small Batei Mikdash. Since we no longer have a Mishkan, we can no longer bring Korbanot, and, as a replacement, we now connect with Hashem through Torah and Tefillah. Just as the Mishkan was treated with the upmost reverence and respect, we must make sure to treat the places where we engage in Torah and Tefillah the same way. May we be Zocheh to bring about the third Beit Hamikdash through our Davening in our Mikdashim Miatim.
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Parshat Vayakhel
Remission and Repetition
Rabbi Michael Abraham
 
The Flame of Our  Ancestors
“There is a redemptive quality for an agitated mind in the spoken word, and a tormented soul finds peace in confessing” - Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik 
 Volume III : Issue II
The Pamphlet of Light

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