Around the Shabbos Table – Vayikra

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After the Tabernacle was completed, the Glory of HaShem covered the Tabernacle. Moshe stood outside until HaShem called to him, as per the verse (Vayikra 1:1): “He called to Moshe.”

From which place did HaShem call to Moshe? The Torah reveals, “HaShem called to Moshe from the Tabernacle.

HaShem descended from the Heavenly realm and chose to live amongst the earthly beings because of His great love for the People of Israel.  That is, HaShem left the celestial heights and made His primary dwelling place upon the earth, i.e., “HaShem called to Moshe from the Tabernacle.

Just as a pottery maker has no need for earthenware vessels, so too, we would assume that HaShem, the Creator, has no desire to dwell amongst His material creations.

However, HaShem desires to dwell amongst mankind because of His great love for the People of Israel. Even more, King David reveals that, “HaShem yearns for and longs to dwell within the courtyards of the Tabernacle.

The exalted holiness of HaShem, the Eternal King of the universe, is incomprehensible to man. What interest could He have in dwelling amongst lowly, mortal man?

Our very yearning to draw close to Him and to know His abundant goodness is beloved to HaShem. Just as we strive to come close to Him through the Holy Torah, so too, He longs to come close to His people. Indeed, the entire purpose of  Creation was for HaShem to dwell amongst Israel and reveal to us His infinite levels of mercy, goodness, and love (based on the Midrash Tanchuma).

TODAY: Rejoice in knowing that HaShem loves us and dwells intimately amongst us.

Copyright © 2010 by Rabbi Zvi Miller and the Salant Foundation

 

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