build a house for the sake of HaShem

They shall make for Me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them (25:8). Sefer HaChinuch writes that this is the source for the positive commandment “to build a house for the sake of HaShem... where we can offer our sacrifices to Him...” After a lengthy discussion, he concludes, “This mitzvah applies when the majority of Jews [dwell] in their Land, and it is one of those mitzvot that are not incumbent upon the individual, rather the community.”

Rabbi Moshe Lichtman | Adar 5676