One Small Home

As we enter into a series of Parshiyot detailing the Mishkan, the commentaries collectively attempt to reveal relevant life-lessons from its seemingly irrelevant vessels. In one introductory message, the Midrash provides us with an intriguing parable:

 

There was once a King with a daughter as his only child. After growing predictably close to her, it was time to marry her off- but not without a condition. He gave his permission to his future son-in-law, but insisted that wherever they may go, he will build a new home next to their’s to always stay nearby. So too, explains the Midrash, was the condition of Hashem. After giving over His holy Torah to the Jewish people, He felt compelled to stay close to its words and adherents. While the Torah was finally leaving its previously-exclusive home in heaven, Hashem could not stay away without having it nearby. He therefore instructed the Jewish people to make a Mishkan- a place where He could always be close- to His Torah and to His people.

 

Rav Shalom Noach Berezovsky explains in his Nesivos Shalom, that this concept is true even today, without a physical tabernacle. Each of us must find a dwelling place for Hashem within a given mitzvah that we’re passionate about. Perhaps we find our best connection to Hashem during prayer, or while studying Talmud, or when giving charity. Whatever our personal area is- we must cherish it and hold onto it steadfastly, to provide Hashem with a place to dwell nearby. He yearns to be close to our Torah and Mitzvot. While we -of course- strive to accomplish all mitzvot, we should find our passion of connection in at least one, and make that our personal tabernacle; the place where we can reconnect, recharge, and feel Hashem’s presence dwelling in our lives.