Parsha Va’Yakhel-Pekudi – The Seven Pillars

Rabbi Rose:
Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs): “He made the pillars thereof of silver, the top thereof of gold, the seat of it of purple, the inside thereof being inlaid with love, from the daughters of Jerusalem.”
Reading this week’s parsha I can’t help but notice that
the Ten Curtains correspond to Aseret haDibrot (the Ten Sayings);
the Five Curtains joined together correspond to the Sefer Torah (The Five Books of Moshe [joined together as one sefer – one song, as in “Moshe Wrote Down This Song…”]; the “other” Five Curtains correspond to the Oral [Mishnah] Torah, as it says, 36.16 “And he coupled five curtains by themselves, and six curtains by themselves.”; and see 36.27 “And for the western end of the Mishkan he made six planks.” The Western end, the setting of the sun; the furthest declension of the sun – the time for the Minchah Offering);
the Fifty Loops and Clasps correspond to the days between Pesach and Shavuoth and the Jubilee Year; the Fifty Amoth (Cubits) of the Courtyard correspond to the Year of Release (Cancellation of Debts) within the Jubilee Year;
and the phrase וַיְהִ֥י הַמִּשְׁכָּ֖ן אֶחָֽד “so the Mishkan became one” corresponds to the first (HaShem is Echad) and second (VeAhavtah … Bechal Levavcha…) paragraphs of the Shema, as it says, “on that day HaShem will be [known and understood universally as The Unique] One and His Name will be one;” and to the phrase [in relationship to Pesach] “you shall have one law.”
Forty Silver Sockets correspond to the first forty days and nights Moshe was on Har Sinai (silver represents the moon and thus the judgment of the beth din, from the witnesses whose testimony must agree and who sited the new moon, that the start of the year begins in Nissan [“this shall be the beginning of months for you”] with the Chag Pesach, when the month [moon] is full);
Mishlay (Proverbs) 9.1Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars;”
We might say that the Four Pillars of the Dividing Veil / Curtain correspond to: a) the Four Matriarchs; b) the “arba kanfoth (four cornered garment requiring [ritual] Tzitzith [fringes] and Tekheleth); and, c) to the four species taken on Chag Sukkot [the Festival of Booths]); while the Three Shittim Wood Walls of the Mishkan correspond to the Three Patriarchs (the planks of the walls [and pillars???] were overlaid with gold to signify purity of deeds).  (The Matriarchs were: a) Sarah, faithful to her husband; strict in demanding judgment (“The L-RD Judge between Me and Thee)” and morality in her house [cast out the bond-woman and her son]; b) Rivkah, honoring parents by industry/labor; she does not speak to strangers unless spoken to and she exhibits kindness to strangers and chattel (animals); is of an independent spirit (“I will go” [whether you wish or not]); c) Rachel, she hid the terafim from Laban as she saw the truth through idolatry – it’s emptiness and falsehood, for she disapproved of his idolatry; d) Le’ah, she was a devoted wife unafraid to speak the truth! The Patriarchs were: Avraham, Devoted to G-D, advocating righteousness and justice, drawing in those seeking truth/oneness – yichud with the Holy One; Yitzchaq, the paradigm of commitment; Ya’acov, the one who is SARGEL, straight [upright, honest] with G-D (“I am afraid of my brother Esauv.”) and with his fellow man [he, Ya’acov said to Laban and his company, “What is my sin? … Set it here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us two.”]!)
Talmud Berachoth 64aRabbi Elazar said on behalf of Rabbi Chanina: “Torah scholars increase peace in the world”, as it is said: ‘And all your children will be students of HaShem, and your children will have peace. (Isaiah 54.13) — do not read, banayich ‘your children,’ but bonayich ‘your builders’.”
Additionally, each curtain was 28 Amoth + 4 Amoth = 32 Amoth – 32 is lev (heart); as it says:
“Then all the wise hearted people of the performers of the work made the Mishkan out of ten curtains [consisting] of twisted fine linen, and blue, purple, and crimson wool. A cherubim design, the work of a master weaver he made them.”
Thirty Two [Amoth] times Ten [Curtains] Equals 320 – 320 =

ReshTzaddiLamed to keep or guard, as in, “make a fence about the Torah.”
This is to say that we can derive lessons from this weeks Torah portion:
a) the entire Torah is woven into the pattern of the Mishkan described in the Torah; and,
b) When all Israel work together with one heart the Will of the Creator is Completed; that is the significance of giving the half shekel – each person contributes on an equal basis – the half shekel was used to craft the adanim silver sockets which is, (as I stated in another email,) related to the words witness (Ayd), Garden (Eden) and  Judgment (Din)…. (All Yisrael stood as witness to the revelation of the Cloud of Glory and the Ten Sayings at Har Sinai; hence we were given the mitzvah of Shema while wearing Tefillin and Totafoth…. “that the Law of [perfection -tikkun- correction] HaShem will be in your mouth” for they judged “Na’ase Venishma”.
On another note, the Mishkan was a sort of replacement for Gan Eden which is implied by the phrase, “an altar of Adamah shall you make” Shmoth 20.24 – adama is connected to HaAdamah the place of Adam’s creation, which in turn is connected to Afar [dust] tshuva – B’rashith 3.19)
“The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when they give the offering of the L-RD, to make atonement for your souls.
The Will of the Creator is “Let them make Me a sanctuary and I shall dwell among them.”
Shavua Tov,
Yochanan Ezra ben Avraham

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