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INSIGHT: Who “Wood” Have Thought?!

A Holy Mobile Home

A Holy Mobile Home

Have you ever received a wonderful present, like a toy kitchen or a mini-car, with small writing on the box that said, “Some Assembly Required”? Putting this gift together often turns into a grand family project, and a rather frustrating one at that!

You can imagine that building the Mishkan was going to be one big, challenging project! As we shall see later, even the great Moshe Rabbeinu had a tough time understanding all of the details which building the Mishkan entailed.

In order to get the project going, HaShem gave precise instructions on how to make every single part of the Mishkan. All kinds of materials would be needed – pure gold, silver, copper, wool and linen of all colors, animal skins, wood, and precious stones.

Who would contribute these beautiful items and where would they get them from?

Who would contribute?


Where would they get them?

Bnei Yisrael had plenty of gold, silver and other precious materials with them when they left Egypt, and picked up a lot more gold and silver from the Egyptians at the splitting of the sea.

These generous, voluntary gifts Bnei Yisrael gave for the Mishkan were called Terumah offerings, which happens to be the name of this week’s Parsha – Parshas Terumah. What a perfect name!

Shazak insight

Who “Wood” Have Thought?!

Bnei Yisrael were busy gathering plenty of wood which was used for the construction of the Mishkan. But, where in the barren desert did they find wood?

Many, many years ago, when Yaakov first went down to Egypt, he knew through Ruach HaKodesh (Divine Inspiration) that his descendants would someday build a Mishkan in the desert. So he planted acacia trees and instructed his sons to bring the wood from these trees with them when they would eventually leave Egypt.

Bnei Yisrael carried the wood from those trees out of Egypt and into the desert, and it was absolutely perfect for building the Mishkan.

Geared for Kids... Great for Adults!

Geared for Kids... Great for Adults!

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