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Get Out Of The (Shul) Tent!

Thursday, 29 May, 2014 - 7:02 am

Reading this week’s Torah portion about G-d speaking to Moshe in the “Tent of Meeting”, I tried to envision how the meeting went. Moshe gets a message that G-d wants to talk to him. He notifies his security detail and they enter the tent of meeting. Then, G-d talks. Was the room empty? Did G-d whisper or talk loud? What was the point of the “meeting room”? Can’t G-d talk to whomever, wherever, as He is the Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent?

It did not take much research to find out that G-d spoke in the same powerful voice that he spoke with at Mount Sinai. However, now it was only heard by Moshe’s ears. Someone standing next to Moshe did not hear a thing. Furthermore, Moshe heard Him only when he was inside the tent.

If I was writing a movie script, I knew all that I needed to know. However, I was still left with the question, why the meeting room?

To this the Torah says that G-d's speaking to Moshe in the "tent" is in order for Moshe to bring His message to the outside world - a place where others do not hear the voice of G-d. The place where a person has free choice to do whatever he wants. Over there, they should know G-dliness through man and not by G-d.

We cannot think to ourselves that our work is in the "Tent of Meeting ". I can be one with G-d and hear the voice of G-d while learning Torah all day.  It is of no consequence to me the events that happen outside the "tent". I have MY shul, MY Torah Class etc.

G-d speaks to each of us individually and tells us to uplift the world, through spreading Torah based values outside the Shul. We need to take His voice and message out into the physical world and make it a place where G-d will feel at home.

That is why the sound of talking with Moshe stopped at the entrance of the tent - so the world will remain unaffected. We then need to leave our "tents", our “spiritual bubble”, and share Torah and Mitzvot with others, making this un-G-dly world a home for G-d. 

What do you think?

Have a wonderful Shabbos,

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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