In any major building, every detail is important, even the roof. So too, in the holy building of HaShem, the Mishkan. The covering was unique. It had 3 layers, made of all kinds of colorful animal skins. It was absolutely breathtaking!
The walls were made of beams of acacia wood, each one 10 Amos long. An Amah is a measurement that equals about 2 feet. The beams fit into silver sockets at the bottom – just like a giant set of Legos!
As a final, decorative touch, stunning curtains hung at the entrance to the Mishkan and around the courtyard inside.
In addition, HaShem gave Moshe many more instructions and fine details on how to construct this portable Mishkan in a way that even in a huge desert sand storm, it would remain standing strong and steady and not shake back and forth like a huge Slinky.
If you own a Slinky, chances are that you enjoy making your toy “walk” down steps and do other tricks. Do you know how it was invented?
During the Second World War, a man named Richard James worked building ships. His job was to design springs that would support sensitive instruments and keep them stable, even among crashing waves. One day, he accidentally dropped a spring and noticed how it flipped over and over. Excited, he ran home to tell his wife about the idea he had for a new toy.
After lots of experimenting and hard work, Mr. and Mrs. James produced their first 400 Slinkys (they chose the name out of the dictionary). Sixty years later, a whopping total of 300 million Slinkys had been sold to children (and adults) all over the world!
The Lego company, which began in Denmark in the 1932, as a small workshop, went on to become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of toys. The name Lego is a combination of two Danish words “Leg Godt,” meaning “play well.” Indeed, what’s fascinating about Lego is that you can build houses, airplanes, cars and just about anything you could possibly imagine with Lego pieces.
Consider this: In 2009, Mr. James May of Surrey, Great Britain, built a full-size LEGO house, with rooms, shower and all, using 3.3 million Lego pieces! And here in America, students at John Dickinson High School in Delaware built a Lego tower, standing 11 stories high – that’s 11 stories!
Remember, what our Rabbis taught us that the sole purpose of gold is so it can be used in the Beis HaMikdash? Well, perhaps similarly, the purpose of Legos is so we can, by constructing Lego Beis HaMikdash and Mishkan buildings, learn more and more about these holy structures! And we hope and pray during our Lego play – that HaShem will build for us very soon, the Third Beis HaMikdash… (but not out of Lego, of course).