“And He Called to Moshe”
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“And He Called to Moshe”
“And He Called to Moshe”

Parshas VaYikra

“And He Called to Moshe”

The beautiful Mishkan was standing and the Clouds of Glory surrounded it from all sides. HaShem’s Shechinah, Divine presence, filled the entire inside of the Mishkan. Moshe stood outside, waiting anxiously, but he dared not walk in without being summoned by HaShem. 

“VaYikra El Moshe” – “And He called to Moshe.” At last, HaShem’s mighty voice thundered and broke through the silence.

“Moshe!” HaShem called out. The sound of HaShem’s voice was powerful, yet miraculously nobody besides Moshe heard a thing! 

“Moshe” – come into My Mishkan!”

Moshe, perhaps the greatest person who ever lived, humbly and respectfully entered the Mishkan. 

“Speak to Bnei Yisrael,” HaShem continued. “Now that My beautiful Mishkan is standing, your people need to learn how to use it properly. Adam Ki Yakriv Mikem Korban … – A man who wants to bring a sacrifice…” Teach them all about Korbanos. Tell them to bring only Kosher animals – cattle, sheep and goats. This is how they will serve Me and this is how they will become a holy nation.”

HaShem then began instructing Moshe in all the complicated details, pausing every once in a while, which gave Moshe a chance to: TRI – Think… Review… and Incorporate.

Shazak insight

TRI it… You’ll like it!

The great Rashi explains in his commentary that, unlike other parts of the Torah, the laws of the Korbanos are broken into separate paragraphs. A paragraph is several sentences followed by empty space. This space helps to divide thoughts, which makes it easier for the reader to understand. Similarly, when HaShem spoke to Moshe, he gave him “space” to “TRI.” He wanted him to “Think” about it, “Review” everything thoroughly so he could fully absorb, and “Incorporate” the laws of Korbanos.

(BTW: TRI is a Shazak “invention.” In English “tri” means 3, like tricycle – 3 wheels; triangle – 3 angles, and VaYikra is the 3rd book of the Torah!)

Rashi also points out how important this system is for our learning. Pause… think… review… absorb! Try it, you’ll like it! (Or shall we say, “TRI it, you’ll like it!)