A Bissel to Nibble – A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark
Parshat Vayakhel-Pekude (Exodus 35-40:38)
Three consecutive days of rain and clouds in San Francisco. What if these clouds are more than just rain clouds? After weeks and weeks of learning in the torah about the plans for the building of the biblical tabernacle, its construction, as well as the book of Exodus, are completed this shabbat.
The Israelites on their own volition are moved to bring more valuable materials than necessary, as Bezalel, divinely infused with wisdom, understanding and knowledge, guides them in its construction. The biblical building project ends, as we can only wish for all things that end, with blessing, literally a blessing from Moses to the people. A blessing, and a cloud. The cloud, that is, wherein G-d’s presence dwells.
REFLECTION QUESTIONS: When the cloud cover arrived, we read that the entire tabernacle was full with G-d’s presence, and as a result, not even Moses could enter.
When cloud cover arrives in our own lives, we often get sprinkled or soaked by the raining of life’s stuff upon us. Though we may feel soggy with life’s details, can we discern G-d’s presence in our lives?
If so, how can we acknowledge It so that our lives feel full, so full of blessing that we can’t possibly imagine having room for more?