It was the holy day of Yom Kippur when Moshe came down the second time from Mount Sinai with the two tablets containing the Ten Commandments. Although HaShem forgave Bnei Yisrael for the sin of the Golden Calf, the question still remained:
Would their relationship with HaShem be a shaky one or a solid one? Could things ever go back to the way they were before the Golden Calf incident?
The next day, on the 11th day of Tishrei, Moshe gathered all of his people together and announced, “I have good news! HaShem has not only forgiven you, but has decided that all of you will be able to experience His Shechinah, His holy presence.”
“This certainly is amazing news!” they exclaimed. “But how? Tell us more!”
Moshe responded, “HaShem has given me specific instructions how to build His special, holy building. It’s called a Mishkan, a place where we will be able to connect with HaShem. This incredible building will be something unlike anyone has ever seen before – it will be a portable Mishkan that will travel with us in the desert whenever and wherever we go. Listen carefully, my people. It will take much effort to make this Mishkan.”
Bnei Yisrael were eager to mend their relationship with HaShem. “Of course we will do whatever it takes!” they exclaimed. “Just fill us in on the details. We are available every day of the week, from early morning till late at night!”