Imagine going to a professional grand performance. You’ll see a perfectly set stage. The actors are eager, anxious, enthusiastic and ready to perform. The props are in their places. The spotlights are shining. The director gives the go-ahead to the orchestra to begin playing their music. The audience is breathless, holding onto their seats, for the show is about to begin!
“I can’t wait for the show to begin!”
What you are seeing is the finished product. What you are not seeing is the work and time invested in writing the script, composing the songs, casting the roles, and countless hours of rehearsals. Finally, there is the grand final run-through practice before opening night.
Think of the Mishkan as, *Lehavdil, a major production. Moshe was the director, instructing Bnei Yisrael on what they could do to help. Betzalel and Ohaliav were the master “stage and prop” builders. It took almost 3 months of construction to get to the 7-day marathon “rehearsals,” which began on the 23rd of Adar. These days were given a special name – the Shivas Yemai Milu’im – 7 Days of Inauguration. During these 7 days, there were a lot of “practice run-throughs,” including the offering of sacrifices, and HaShem guided Moshe every step of the way.
But, it still was not time for the real thing, the “opening night.” HaShem’s Shechinah did not yet dwell in the Mishkan. The fire from heaven did not yet consume the sacrifices. The many miracles that would soon happen in the Mishkan on a regular basis did not yet begin… until the Yom HaShemini – the eighth day.