The portions of Vayakhel-Pekudei not only contain the culmination of all the work that occurred in the book of Shemot, or Exodus, but also bring us to an important point - the accounting for the finishing of the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. And there are quite a few very important lessons in it, but there’s one I want to focus on.
In the Midrash they ask, how long did it take to build? Rabbi Shmuel, the son of Nachman, said the building of the Mishkan took three months - the months of Tishrei, Cheshvan, and Kislev. By the third month, the month of Kislev, the building was done. The pieces were prepared, the utensils to be used inside were prepared, the walls were prepared, and yet it wasn’t put together. So all the pieces of the Mishkan were done, but sat there, unattached, for the next three months, until the first day of the month of Nissan, the month of Aries, when it was... read more