Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday's Parsha Tidbits - Parshas Pikudei

eThe following is a brief summary of some of thoughts said over by R' Frand on the parsha this evening. I have attempted to reproduce these vorts 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' Frand.

In Shemos 40:2 the Torah mentions that the actual completion of the Mishkan occurred on Rosh Chodesh Nissan. It is important to note that although the completion and dedication was on Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the actual building of the Mishkan was completed on the 25th of Kislev. So why was this reserved for Nissan? R' Frand quoted the Medrash which explains that the reason that the Mishkan was completed on Rosh Chodesh Nissan was that Yitzchak was born in Nissan.

R' Frand then remarked - if you were to ask the average person why Hashem saved the completion of the Mishkan for Nissan you might get an answer of - because it is the month of the Redemption from Egypt, or perhaps because it is Rosh Chadashim, but the fact that Yitzchak was born in Nissan would not have been a prime reason. But why was this the reason stated by the Medrash?

R' Frand answered by quoting the Abir Ya'akov who first cited the Ramban who explains that Sefer Shemos is the Book of Geulah - the Redemption. He explains that when the Jews left Egypt they did not immediately become free men as this only occurred after the Jews returned to the ways of their forefathers. However the Sefer does not end with the splitting of the sea, so how is this a theme that runs through the entire Sefer?

The Abir Yaakov explained that after the splitting of the sea, the Jews wandered in the desert before receiving the Torah and then building the Mishkan. Each of the Mishkan building tasks was integral to the Jews leaving behind the slavery of Egypt and emulating their forefathers. Thus the method of the building of the Mishkan runs through numerous parshios until Sefer Shemos is completed and the true end of the redemption from Egypt is the completion of the Mishkan.

But if this is the end of the redemption from exile, what would be the beginning of the exile? R' Frand by quoting to the famous Medrash which states that the 410 years of Galus began from the date of Yitzchak's birth. And if the Galus began in Nissan with Yitzchak's birth, it is only right  that the completion of the Mishkan which signals the end of the Galus and the return of the Jews to their former status - should take place in Nissan.

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