A Holy Mobile Home

Have you ever received a wonderful present, like a toy kitchen or a mini-car, with small writing on the box that said, “Some Assembly Required”? Putting this gift together often turns into a grand family project, and a rather frustrating one at that!
You can imagine that building the Mishkan was going to be one big, challenging project! As we shall see later, even the great Moshe Rabbeinu had a tough time understanding all of the details which building the Mishkan entailed.
In order to get the project going, HaShem gave precise instructions on how to make every single part of the Mishkan. All kinds of materials would be needed – pure gold, silver, copper, wool and linen of all colors, animal skins, wood, and precious stones.
Who would contribute these beautiful items and where would they get them from?
Who would contribute?
Everyone!
Where would they get them?
Bnei Yisrael had plenty of gold, silver and other precious materials with them when they left Egypt, and picked up a lot more gold and silver from the Egyptians at the splitting of the sea.
These generous, voluntary gifts Bnei Yisrael gave for the Mishkan were called Terumah offerings, which happens to be the name of this week’s Parsha – Parshas Terumah. What a perfect name!