L’Chaim – To Life!
Remember back in Parshas Testaveh where Moshe’s name was missing from the Parsha? It wasn’t even mentioned once! Well, this week’s Parsha surely makes up for that: Moshe’s name is written in Parshas Pekudei 27 times!
And the verse, “Ka’asher Tsivah HaShem Es Moshe” – “just as HaShem commanded Moshe” is repeated 18 times!
This is by no means a coincidence:
The number 18 is very special; it’s the numerical value of the word CHAI ח”י, meaning LIFE. It’s here in Parshas Pekudei that Moshe breathed LIFE back to his people. They were on the brink of destruction after the sin of the Golden Calf, and Moshe saved them. Not only that, he also gave them a new spiritual LIFE, for he was the one responsible for building the Holy Mishkan.
Now what is special about 27 – the amount of times Moshe’s name is mentioned in this Parsha? Once again, let’s take a look at numerical value. 27 equals ZACH ז”ך, meaning PURE.
As we know, the Mishkan symbolized HaShem’s forgiveness of Bnei Yisrael. When someone is forgiven for a sin, his slate is wiped clean – he is now PURE – ZACH; completely Aveira-free!