In three months, all the work of building the Tabernacle, the Mishkan, is finished, and the Israelites are waiting for it to be put together. They go to the builders and say, “You’ve built all the pieces, why are you sitting? We are all waiting. Put together this Tabernacle. We’re waiting for the miracles to start, for the Light of the Creator to come.” They do everything they can; they spend hours trying to put the pieces together, but it is like a puzzle that doesn’t fit. And every time they think they have it, it collapses. Even Bezalel and Oholiav, the master architects, try but can’t do it.
So, the Midrash asks, why weren’t they able to put the Tabernacle together? What is the reason? The reason was because, the Midrash tells us, Moses was feeling great pain. He did not take part in either giving materials towards the Mishkan or in the physical building of any of the pieces of the... read more