Rebbetzin Revi's Reflections
by Rebbetzin Brachah Rivkah Belk
Pekudei, (פקודי -- Hebrew for amounts of)
Shemot 38.21 - 40.38
There are two parts of this Parshat that stand out for me.
The first part:
Shemot 40.13 And you shall clothe Aaron with the holy garments, and you shall anoint him and sanctify him so that he may serve Me.
Shemot 9.1 The L-rd said to Moses, Come to Pharaoh and speak to him, So said the L-rd, G-d of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me.
We were redeemed from Mitzrayim to serve the Creator of the Universe so there is a definite connection between liberty and service of G-d. Without service to G-d there is no point in the Exodus or for the Mishkan. Freedom necessitates one have purpose and direction. If you simply free slaves without providing them with a purpose for their lives then they will never reach their potential. In Shemot the Jewish people were asked to seek HaShem G-d and receive His Revelation, Direction and His Purpose for them as a nation. We were given eternal values which provide meaning to our lives through Observance of the Mitzvot. This system of Observance of the Mitzvot was meant to perfect the world, first the Jewish nation then the rest of the world which brings the world to an awareness and acceptance of HaShem Echad.
So how do we get there from where we are?
And even now, Says the L-rd, return to Me with all your heart, and with fasting and with weeping and with lamentation.
And rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to the L-rd your G-d, for He is Gracious and Merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and He repents of the evil.
As you know our lives are a journey, a progression of steps, and an aliya - an ascent as the Tehillim we spoke of last week makes us aware of. Those making pilgrimage to Yerushalayim prayed the Tehillim of Ascents as they journeyed to the Temple. Perhaps we can do the same. Use these Tehillim as a tool for our journey.
It seems like there are so many prayers to be said in the morning. I am always in a hurry - a hurry to get myself together and get to work, in a hurry at work to get things accomplished so I can go home, a hurry at home to get a meal prepared, in a hurry to get the kitchen straightened up so I can work on one of the many tasks I have on my todo list. And on and on it goes.
Are there really too many prayers or am I not organizing my day well enough to provide the time needed for these?
It really isn't a lot of time - just seems like it when my schedule gets really busy. I ask HaShem G-d to help me become more organized so that I can achieve my goals of saying prayers, saying 100 Brachot a day and also to include Tehillim which I love in my day as well. I need to make time for Torah study and Torah discussion. What amount of my day am I giving to these tasks? Do my secular tasks, my time spent earning a living - do these have any meaning?
The second part:
And Moses was not able to enter the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud rested on it, and the glory of G-d filled the Tabernacle .
And Moses entered into the midst of the cloud, and went up into the mount; and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.
If I can with G-d's Help complete the first part then this second part - entering the Presence of the Shekinah - will be obtainable. This is what life is all about. All of our secular endeavors are given spiritual meaning if we dedicate ourselves to Observance with Kavanah. Even the smallest thing we do, if we live according the Ha Torah will be elevated, then our lives are elevated and the world is elevated.
Blessings and Peace