From the Golden Calf to the Temple of Gold
It was a roller-coaster of events – from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows! Bnei Yisrael experienced the ultimate event – the Giving of the Torah, and only 40 days later, they began to serve the Golden Calf!
This tragic event is described in full detail, 2 Parshiyos later, in Parshas Ki Sisa, but as we know, not all events in the Torah are written in the order in which they occurred.
Thanks to Moshe Rabbeinu, HaShem totally forgives the Jewish people. In this week’s Parsha, Parshas Terumah, HaShem gives them another chance. “Take what is dear to you, your gold, silver and other precious items,” commanded HaShem to Moshe, “and build for Me a holy sanctuary.”
It was true! Instead of using their gold to make a golden calf, Bnei Yisrael would now have the opportunity to use their gold to build a special, holy place – a portable house for HaShem that will travel with them for 40 years in the desert. This unique structure was called the Mishkan (Tabernacle), the special place where HaShem’s Divine presence rested and the place where Bnei Yisrael would once again establish a loving relationship with the Creator of the universe.