Shabbat Mevarchim/Parshat Shekalim
Friday, March 4
- 06:50 am – Shacharit
- 05:15 pm – Mincha
- 05:19 pm – Candle Lighting
Saturday, March 5
- 07:45 am – Shacharit at Salem Towers
- 08:45 am – Shacharit
- 09:04 am – Latest Time for Kriat Shema
- 11:30 am – Kiddush
- 04:55 pm – Mincha
- 05:25 pm – Se’udah Shlishit
- 06:15 pm – Ma’ariv
- 06:29 pm – Shabbat Ends
Week of March 6 – 11
- 08:00 am – Sunday
- 06:40 am – Monday and Thursday
- 06:50 am – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday
- 05:25 pm – Sunday – Friday
- 05:55 pm – Sunday – Thursday
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Weekly Words of Torah
Guidance from Hashem
Insights into Parshat Pekudei by Mr. Yaakov Raskin of Yeshivat Sha’alvim, by Rav Re’uven Ungar of Sha’alvim.
In Sefer Shmot, 28:31 the Torah states: “These are the accountings of the Miskhan, the Mishkan of the testimony”. Why is is the Mishkan mentioned twice? Quoting the Midrash, Rashi answers that the Torah is hinting towards the Beit HaMikdash, which functioned as a collateral for the sins of the Jewish People (and was destroyed twice for those sins- thus the double mention).
In the first chapter of Sefer Nechemia, it is written: “We have been destructive to you, we have not observed the commandments, the precepts and the laws that You commanded”. The Maggid from Dubneh raises the following difficulty: The order is seemingly reversed. First we should learn of the cause, and then the effect. The failure to fulfill the laws resulted in destruction. In addition, how can the Beit Mikdash be considered a collateral- that would mandate them to be on the same level. However, we know that the first Beit HaMikdash was greater than the second one.
The Maggid presents a parable. Two fathers make a match between their respective children. Father A is a craftsman who makes unique crafts; only he is able to produce them. Father B owns a store that sells the tools that Father A uses. The tools can only be acquired at this store. At the signing of the conditions (tannaim) prior to the marriage, the rav proclaimed that as a guarantor, Father B may take the tools that Father A uses and place them by a trusted third party. This functions as a double collateral as Father A needs these tools to make the products, and Father B can only sell the tools to Father A (no one else uses these tools). However, a few days later Father A begins to make new products that do not require the tools of Father B. Thus, it no longer is a collateral for Father A, but remains so for Father B (he does not want to lose his tools).
Likewise, originally the Beit Mikdash was a two way collateral. It guaranteed that Hashem would bring the redemption and that we would return to Him. No other nation could completely utilize the Beit Mikdash to worship Hashem; it is impossible for us to worshop Hashem in a complete way without the Beit Mikdash. Therefore Mishkan is written twice as it is a two-way collateral. When we pursue our unique worship of Hashem, the only tool to completely accomplish this is the Beit Mikdash. However, when that is not the case, we don’t need the Beit Mikdash to serve Him; only Hashem’s side of the deal remains. Therefore the verse in Sefer Nechemia states that “we have been destructive” only “to You”. Our side of the deal fell through because “we have not observed the commandments”- thus the verse is in order.
May we merit to truly desire the rebuilding of the Beit Mikdash- or at the very least to desire to desire this.