Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Pikudei

This week, Rabbi Frand was out of town and Rabbi Neuberger gave the Thursday Night shiur from the Agudah in Baltimore. The following is a brief summary of a vort that R' Neuberger said over as part of the shiur. I have attempted to reproduce the vort to the best of my ability. Any perceived inconsistency is the result of my efforts to transcribe the shiur and should not be attributed to R' Neuberger.

The last pasuk of Parshas Pikudei (and for that matter the last pasuk of Sefer Shmos) states that the cloud of Hashem would be on the mishkan by day and fire would be on it at night, before the eyes of all of the house of Israel throughout their journeys.

R' Neuberger observed that the language at the end of the pasuk appears to be strange as the Jews were referred to as Beis Yisrael as opposed to the more common Bnei Yisrael (which ends Sifrei Vayikra and Bamidbar) or just plain Yisrael (which ends Sefer Devarim). R' Neuberger said that he had heard an explanation for the use of the term Beis Yisrael from a Rabbi Lonsky (I did not quite get the name) who stated that the theme of Sefer Shmos was in fact bayis and thus the language in the last pasuk of the Sefer was quite fitting.

R' Neuberger explained that Sefer Shmos begins with a reference to Beis Yisrael as the first pasuk uses the phrase Ish U'Bayso Ba'oo. Another example of the Bayis theme can be found in the commandment to observe the Karban Pesach - the mitzva which distinguished us from the others in Egypt by which the Jews were commanded to take a sheep for Beis Avos and for the Bayis.

The pinnacle of Sefer Shmos is another bayis moment. The meforshim explain that Har Sinai was akin to the wedding of the Jews with Hashem. At that moment the Jews became a true bayis for Hashem and the Torah. As such, it is only fitting that Shemos ends with a reference to Beis Yisrael.

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