Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, a double parasha that brings us to the end of Shemot/Exodus (the second book of the Torah), details the building of the Mishkan (the 'tabernacle' aka portable sanctuary-tent). Each individual was asked to step up and use his/her particular skill/knowledge in building the Mishkan. The Torah refers to these skills (knowledge) as 'wisdom of the heart'. In Ki Tisa (last week's parasha), our ancestors used this 'wisdom' in building a golden calf; now they use their gifts in building the sanctuary! The parasha begins and ends with reminding us of the importance of observing Shabbat.
A thought about the importance of observing Shabbat: ironically, perhaps, how many of us are now spending time reconnecting with loved ones and community (albeit, 'virtually'), slowing down, breathing, remembering what our priorities really are as opposed to all of the 'have-tos' that usually dominate our lives...? These are some of the practices of the 3,500 year old weekly gift that is Shabbat, a time to activate our emotional, physical, mental and spiritual reset buttons.
kavannah for candlelighting for
Holy One, please help me to wisely choose how to use the gifts that you have so lovingly given me and (re) discover the 'wisdom of my heart'.
Watch for KehillahConnect Kabbalat Shabbat, coming soon!