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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mirror, Mirror, on the Tabernacle......


After the Exodus from Egypt, the Children of Israel were given the Tora. This was the beginning of 40 years of wandering in the desert.

While the Children of Israel wandered in the desert, the built a Mishkan (Tabernacle), a home for G-d's presence, a place to congregate and worship together.

When the Mishkan was finished, there was a dedication. For the dedication, everyone gave gifts.

The women came to Moshe (Moses) and wanted to give their gift too. They offered their copper mirrors. Moshe didn't want to accept the mirrors, since they represent ego and the Mishkan is dedicated to the Children of Israel as a people and G-d. But G-d told Moshe to take the mirrors. Why?

To answer that question, we need to go back to the time when the Children of Israel were slaves in Egypt. During the time of the slavery, the men would come home from their work tired. The women were concerned for the survival of the Jewish people, so they used their mirrors, their polished copper, to make themselves beautiful, attractive to their husbands. This ensured the survival of the Jewish people.

When the women wanted to give these mirrors as gifts for the Mishkan, G-d wanted them because they showed the women's dedication to the survival of the Jewish people.

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