“?Isn’t Hashem Everywhere”
פַּרְשַׁת תְּרוּמָה is when ה׳ commanded מֹשֶׁה רַבֵּינוּ to collect materials from the בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל so that they could build a מִשְׁכָּן or a מִקְדָשׁ. What exactly is a מִקְדָשׁ? And what exactly is a מִשְׁכָּן?
A מִקְדָשׁ is a holy place. The בֵּית הַמִקְדָשׁ is like a house for ה׳. And the מִשְׁכָּן was sort of like a portable apartment or a mobile home for ה׳.
Question: Why does ה׳ need us to build Him a house? ה׳ owns the heavens and earth? I thought that “ה׳ is here, ה׳ is there, ה׳ is truly everywhere.” Isn’t the entire universe ה׳’s house? Why do we Daven everyday that the בֵּית הַמִקְדָשׁ be rebuilt?
Answer: It’s true that ה׳ does not need a house and that He is everywhere. The problem is that, sometimes, we forget that He’s there. That is why we sometimes forget to serve ה׳ properly and why we sometimes do things against His Will.
For this reason, we need to create a special place where ה׳ could visit us, and where we could visit Him. It’s a place where we could connect to Him with קָרְבָּנוֹת and remember that He always with us.
Let’s Daven that we should be able to return to ה׳ and that He should return to us as we rebuild the בֵּית הַמִקְדָשׁ once again, בִּמְהֵרָה בִּיָמֵינוּ. Have a wonderful שַׁבָּת!
Rabbi Eisenberg, Grade 3