Indiana Jones Fans—Fellow Raiders—We have found it: The Holy Ark. It is right here in this week’s Parasha—its measurements, how it is built and what it is made of. It is noteworthy that the ark had poles in it that allowed it to be readily portable. However, the Torah specifically states that even when the ark was not being transported—the staves shall not be removed (Shemot 25:15). The ark was thus ready to be moved at all times, not tied to any single place. The ark, a symbol or repository of the Torah goes with us wherever we go and it is so much a part of us that it is always at the ready. There is also Midrash even though the bearers of the ark held the staves on their shoulders and seemed to be carrying the ark, in reality, the ark bore them and they were lifted with it. Maybe both statements are true. We take Torah with us wherever we go and it is always uplifting.
This week our own Aron Kodesh teaches us about how we can relate to the Mishkan that is discussed in detail in this week’s Parasha. Rabbi Bergman teaches that you don’t need to be an angel to build a House for God. I am excited for us to be learning with him. 10:00 a.m. in the Shiffman Chapel. Remember that this Torah study is very casual. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.