Saturday, March 1, 2014

Parshat Pekudei, (Exodus 40:28-40:38)-3/1/14

They started from the inside out. Moses and his sons washed their hands in the washstand. Moses could not enter the Mishkan because the cloud of G_d filled it. “When the cloud rose up, the children of Israel set out in all their journeys. And from then on, there was a cloud over it by day, and fire at night.” The fire is the menorah that never goes out.

I like the idea that the children could leave when the Mishkan was finished. In a sense you can't leave home until you have a home. What would leaving mean if you had no place where you had roots?

I have roots in a number of places. When I go to a new place to live, I can't really leave until I have settled.

At first the cloud covers the Mishkan. Later it is over it, but not covering it. It would seem in the hot weather the cloud would be a relief from the hot sun. It would show that G_d was compassionate.

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