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INSIGHT: Spare No Words… It’s EXCITING!

Sooooo Loooong?

Sooooo Loooong?

Most of the words of the Torah are short and to the point. Each word is calculated and exact. In fact, sometimes so short, even great Rabbis had to spend plenty of time trying to figure out their meaning.

Yet regarding the Mishkan, there are so many Pesukim that seem to be unnecessary and repetitious. The truth is that the Torah could have condensed the last two Parshiyos of the book of Shemos, Parshas VaYakhel and Pekudei into just one Pasuk! That Pasuk could have looked something like this: “And Moshe instructed Bnei Yisrael all that HaShem commanded him, and they did as such.”

So why are the Pesukim about the Mishkan seemingly so drawn out and long?

Some great Rabbis suggest that this actually shows the deep love HaShem has for Bnei Yisrael – they were totally forgiven for the grave sin of the Golden Calf, and now they even have the chance to be with HaShem in His special home – the Mishkan!

Indeed, when a person really loves someone or something they never get tired talking about it. Talk, talk, talk… it goes on and on and on and on and on and on…

Well, in order to show how much HaShem loved Bnei Yisrael and how much He wanted them forgiven, HaShem dedicated so many Pesukim – 122 Pesukim in Parshas VaYakhel and 92 Pesukim in Parshas Pekudei – repeating his commandments about the Mishkan!

That sure is a lot of Pesukim!

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Spare No Words… It’s EXCITING!

Here’s another approach which explains why there are sooooo many Pesukim in Parshas Vayakhel and Parshas Pekudei.

When Bnei Yisrael received the Torah on Mount Sinai, our Rabbis of old tell us, it was actually a marriage ceremony. HaShem was, so to say, the Choson (the groom) and Bnei Yisrael the Kallah (the bride). The mountain was the Chupah (the wedding canopy), and the two tablets were the marriage contract, called the Kesubah.

Although the start of the marriage was a bit shaky due to their sin of the Golden Calf, but now things were patched up – Bnei Yisrael received a new set of Luchos, a new marriage contract, and it was time for the “young couple” to move into their new home, the Mishkan.

Can you imagine the excitement of these newlyweds moving into their first home? They’ll talk about it and talk about it, (and talk about it and talk about it) making sure that everything is just right: the measurements, the furniture, the curtains, the colors, down to the very last detail.

Aha! This explains why there are so many Pesukim about the Mishkan!

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