This week’s Torah portion is called Vayakhel meaning a calling a sending forth, a touching of communal awareness. It is the time for the making of the Mishkan; the planning stages of which were spoken of in the portion of Terumah. In fact Terumah is mentioned here.
Shemos 35:5. ‘Take from yourselves an offering for the Lord; every generous hearted person shall bring it, [namely] the Lord’s offering: gold, silver, and copper;
So we see that in a way the conception of a thing and its actual making are mirrored in one another. Now anytime their is making to be done Torah reminds us of the Shabbat that has to be observed. It is the lesson that there cannot be any making without the space that sacred called Shabbat.
Shemos: 35:2. Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have sanctity, a day of complete rest to the Lord; whoever performs work thereon [on this day] shall be put to death.
It seems every time you turn around following the exodus from Egypt Shabbat and the commandment to keep Shabbat is constantly being placed before our eyes. Because of this Shabbat is the anchor our of which Torah can base its roots upon. It is also the central portion of Jewish life wherein the emphasis upon holiness and Hashem is never more apparent than a day dedicated for just this purpose of being mindful of Hashem in all we do. Shabbat is where the connection is renewed and amplified to the point where the rest of the week derives all of its making.
The parallel in the six days of making is unmistakable. The actions of creation include the most important catalyst of all which is a day of rest from making from work and from the things that are associated with work.
If you imagine Consciousness to be a set of thoughts that groove themselves through time gathering momentum, conceptual weight so to speak until they overflow into the life experiences of each person then this momentum would run out of itself over time if there was not something to push against that provides the needed stimulus or extra push of energy to keep everything flowing smoothly in order and accessing the highest areas of holiness all the while.
Shabbat is that space of recognition of Hashem that ‘makes’ everything possible. The prayers of Shabbat and its rituals place Consciousness in a higher arc of awareness that filters down through the week sustaining, teaching and enlightening all in the same moment.
Shemos 35:10. And every wise hearted person among you shall come and make everything that the Lord has commanded:
With Shabbat in place as a spiritual prerogative then and only then make the making take place since without Hashem, without Shabbat the making would not be holy and in this particular making of the makings that ever took place it was imperative to get it right from the outset. B”H
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