Beit Midrash

  • Torah Portion and Tanach
  • Vayakhel
To dedicate this lesson

The Torah study is dedicatedin the memory of

Tzvi Yoel Ben Moshe HaLevi

Parashat Vayakhel

One nation Potential


Rabbi Zev Leff

Adar A, 5763
Holiness is not the realm of the individual but is rather the result of a group effort of all the segments of klal yisroel uniting, each contributing their unique part. Only when there is total unity can we begin to emulate the Divine and be included in His Oneness and total unity.
This unity is expressed in this weeks reading in three ways: "Vayakhel" signifying the physical gathering of the Jewish people together in an assembly; "Adat" related to eidus, testimony, all united in common ideas and goals; and "Israel", which is an acronym of the words "Yesh shishim ribo otiyot latora" (there are six hundred thousand letters to the Torah), signifying that each Jew is unique and contributes his individual portion to the Torah.

Only in Eretz Yisroel do we have the potential to truly be one nation, and to realize our potential to be a kingdom of G-d’s servants, a holy nation. All Jews being in Eretz Yisroel are united physically as opposed to "Mefuzar umeforad bein haamim" (scattered and divided amongst the nations). Hence, the Kahal aspect is achieved.
Eretz Yisroel with its unique atmosphere of purity and holiness unites the ideas, ideals and goals of its inhabitants centered around and focused on the holiness of the Bais Hamikdash. Hence the Eda aspect is achieved.

And lastly, each tribe finds its unique portion in Eretz Yisroel and develops and realizes its unique contribution to the nation. Hence, the Israel aspect is achieved... Every Jew whose spirit moves him to make aliyah, to fulfill the mitzvos of Eretz Yisroel, to be part of this unity, promotes the holiness of Klal Yisroel.

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