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. It is so much a part of us that it is always at the ready.
There is also Midrash that even though the bearers of the ark held the staves on their shoulders and seemed to be carrying the ark, in reality, the ark carried them. Each of them was actually lifted with it.
Maybe both statements are true. We take Torah with us wherever we go and it is always uplifting.
This Shabbat we learn with Jodi Gross, Adat Shalom’s Director of Adult Learning at 9:45 a.m. Look for signage as to the exact location. Come as you are. Stay as long as you like.