There was a certain king who thought to himself: "Who in the world has fewer worries than me? I have everything good: I am the king and the ruler."
He decided to investigate if this was true. He went out at night and stood behind each house to hear what people were talking about. All he heard was each person's worries. One had problems in his shop. At a different house, he heard someone talking about a problem that needed government assistance. Each and everyone had his own worries.
One night the king saw a very low house. It was like a cellar built half underground with windows at ground level. The roof was broken and sagging. There the king saw a man sitting playing his fiddle. The king had to listen very carefully just to hear the music. The man was very happy. He had a jug of wine and various foods in front of him, and he was very happy. He was full of joy, with no worries whatever.
The king (who was in disguise) went into the house and asked the man how he was doing. The man...
וַיְהִי בַּחֹדֶשׁ הָרִאשׁוֹן בַּשָּׁנָה הַשֵּׁנִית בְּאֶחָד לַחֹדֶשׁ הוּקַם הַמִּשְׁכָּן (שמות מ, יז)
AND IT CAME TO PASS IN THE FIRST MONTH, IN THE SECOND YEAR, ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE MONTH, THE MISHKAN WAS ERECTED. (SHEMOS 40:17)
Two Forms of Construction
After coming out of Egypt and receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai, it was time to infuse that revelation into the consciousness of the finite world.
The building of the Tabernacle- Mishkan represented the most superhuman feat- a Temple for G-d to reside within this world. After all, G-d is beyond the world, yet as Kabbalah and Chassidut teach, he chooses and had a desire to be revealed within this lower corporeal existence.
A seven-day training and initiating period for the Priests- Kohanim preceded the official erecting of the Mishkan on the 1st day of Nissan (Exodus, Chapter 29). Each day that week, the Mishkan was successfully constructed and then dismantled after the service was performed (Rashi, Vayikra...
By Rabbi Amichai Cohen
Do you question if now is the right time to move?
Research finds moving to new locations (and getting married..) as one of the most stressful events in one's life. Anxiety about so many unknowns consume our thoughts before the move, while the adjustment period takes a mental tole on us as we settle into our new surroundings.
Here are some Torah tips for how to know when the right time to move is and how to mentally prepare.
In the Torah portion of B'halotcha, the Torah discusses the travels of the Jewish people in the desert.
The 12 tribes of the Israelites were divided into 4 camps, each camp consisting of 3 tribes. In the middle of the 4 camps was the Tabernacle, which stored the ark that housed the tablets -the Ten Commandments.
During the 40 year sojourn in the desert the Jewish people traveled 42 journeys.
The Ba'al Shem Tov says that just as the Israelites traveled 42 journeys, so too each individual has 42 journeys in their...
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