Our Parsha continues on the theme that we began last week, teaching of the inauguration of the Mishkan. The roles of Aharon, his sons and the various Levite families are recounted in great detail. Rashi notes that strangely, throughout this entire narrative that singles out specific families for worthy tasks, the Torah continually makes reference to the B’nei Yisroel(The children of Israel). Rashi goes so far as to point out that in one instance the phrase is repeated five times in one verse!
The reason, Rashi provides, is to emphasize Hashem’s love for Klal Yisroel (The Jewish People).
In explanation of Rashi, the Gerrer Rebbe describes how a cursory reading of these chapters might give one the impression that the families of Kohanim and Leviim, with their unique assignments in the Temple service, are given an advantage over the masses in their relationship with Hashem. The Torah therefore makes continual mention of the B’nei Yisroel to teach us that Hashem loves each and every member of our nation dearly, and we all have an equal opportunity to strengthen and build upon that relationship.
It is our reciprocal love for Hashem and our study of Torah and adherence to its Mitzvot, not a birthright, that earn us each a unique role in the infrastructure of the Jewish Nation.
As schools wrap-up another year, it is so meaningful to be able to look back and see how much we have each grown in our Torah and Middot. We have each used this time to maximize our special relationship with Hashem. The summer break allows us an opportunity to recharge as we prepare to return in the Fall, once again, ready to learn and grow.
Wishing you a wonderful and restful summer.
Rabbi Don Pacht