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This week's YouParsha Vayakhel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ui2__ERF5G0 The Allusion of Shabbos to the Mishkan


This week is Parshas Vayakhel - Exodus 38:21 - end. At the beginning of the Parsha, Rashi comments that the Mishkan acted like collateral for the two Temples that were destroyed. How does the building of the Sanctuary in the desert act as collateral?

The destruction of the first two temples is not what Rashi emphasizes, but rather the building of the third Temple, which will be eternal. The purpose of collateral is to ensure the repayment of a loan. The lender cannot keep the deposit. Hashem took the temples to ensure we will repay the loan owed Him as Rashi comments about the two Temples, "that were destroyed because of the sins of Israel." The status quo is for there to be a Temple in Jerusalem. It is only because of mitigating circumstances that we no longer have one. In other words, a blockage is preventing the rebuilding of the Temple. The Jewish people have to bring more good into the world, thus removing the blockage and the Temple will be rebuilt.


After 12 long years, his exile was finally over. Forced by debt to leave his family and his small inn, the Jew had worked in a distant town as a teacher of young boys. Now, having painfully amassed 900 rubles, he was anxious to return home and resume his life.

Being a chosid, the teacher/inn keeper first stopped in Berdichev, to receive the blessing of his Rebbe, the great tsadik, Reb Levi Yitzchak. The tsadik greeted the teacher warmly and then suddenly turned to him and said, "If you would like, I will give you three words of advice. The first will cost you 300 rubles. The man was aghast, but it is written, "Words of Torah are better than gold"? He laid the money on the table. "When a man doesn't know which way to turn, he should always go to the right!" the Rebbe said. "For the next word of advice, you must pay another 300 rubles." The man experienced a tremor of shock at these words. What was the meaning of this costly advice and now, another 300?! He could not refuse his Rebbe and counted out the money. "An old husband with a young wife is half a death," said Reb Levi Yitzchak. "And if you wish to hear the last word, you must pay the same amount once again." This final demand left the poor teacher paralyzed; his years of struggle, his long awaited homecoming. With trembling fingers, he opened his purse and spilled the contents on the table. "Remember, my son, to believe only what you see with your own eyes. This is my final advice. Now, go in peace."

The bewildered chosid began wandering the streets, when he suddenly heard the cry, "Stop thieves. Have they gone to the right or the left?" the pursuers asked the teacher. After a moment of hesitation, he said, "To the right!" Later that afternoon, the teacher had 600 rubles in hand - his share of the reward for catching the thieves. Happily, he headed for home, but as it was nightfall, he decided to stay the night at an inn. The elderly innkeeper was about to admit him when a young woman appeared and sternly turned him away, saying, "We have no room, go elsewhere!" "An old man with a young wife," he thought and went to sleep in the courtyard of the inn. Around midnight, he was startled by a wagon from which alighted two men, one carrying a glinting sword. Emboldened by his Rebbe's words, he yelled, "Murderers, murderers!" The would-be killers fled into the darkness. The grateful old man rewarded him with 300 rubles.

The man arrived in his old town to find it unchanged. However, no one recognized him, so profoundly had his years of hardship altered his features. His inquiries about the innkeeper who disappeared many years ago brought knowing looks from the townsfolk. "Yes," said one man, "we remember him. A fine family, but, sad to say, his wife has gone off the straight path." That night the man stood outside his house. In the pale moonlight he saw a young man stealthily enter the house. Hours later, he left as secretly as he had come. Were it not for his Rebbe's words, he would have left his home again, but this time, forever. The following day he returned, laden with gifts, and was greeted with a welcome he had pictured in his imagination so many times. Only now, his heart was wracked with pain. When he and his wife were finally alone, he turned to her and said, "The whole town is talking. Why, I have even seen with my own eyes..."

"Stop!" his wife pleaded. "Have you forgotten our youngest son? Didn't you notice that he is not here? The Duke seized him years ago as security on our loan. All of my weeping and begging were to no avail. Each night he comes to me and I teach him a little bit - some Torah, some blessings. Very little, but he knows he is a Jew." The innkeeper wept in wonder and awe at all that had transpired. Not only had Reb Levi Yitschok seen how events would transpire, he even saw how the man would react to them.


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