God in the Mishkan

Rabbi Shai Held

Parashat Tetzaveh

The hunger to be close to God can be one of the most powerful human desires, but it can also be among the most dangerous. The Torah is concerned with making God present but at the same time not harboring the illusion that God can be tamed by human beings. Shai Held argues that the construction of the mishkan (tabernacle) in this week's parashah is the Torah's solution to this problem. (5774)