Building a Home for God

Rabbi Shai Held

Parashat Pekudei

There seems to be a deep connection between God’s creation of the world on the one hand, and the Israelites’ construction of the mishkan (tabernacle) on the other. But just what is that connection, and what is it intended to suggest? In a world overrun by chaos, a far cry from the order of God's creation, the mishkan is intended to serve as one place in which everything unfolds according to the divine plan. (5774)