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I Prefer You

Thursday, 10 March, 2016 - 11:28 am

Ideals. We all have them: to be x lbs lighter, to work x hours less or to look at my phone less often. Ideally. In reality, it is not that way.

Ideally, we all want to have a strong relationship with G-d; one that permeates our existence so that when it is challenged, we do not allow it to get between us. In reality, we struggle with day to day occurrences often affecting our trust and faith in G-d. A wise man once said: someone who does not struggle with their faith is not a believer.

That being said, the true ideal is to live in reality and bring G-dliness into our not-so-ideal daily lives. When we struggle and succeed, then and only then, is our relationship with G-d real and a testimony to His presence in our life. The idyllic relationship, where G-d feels most at home, is here on Earth and not in “seventh heaven”.

In this week’s Torah portion, we repeat the instructions of building the Mishkan – tabernacles. It begins with: These are the numbers of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of the Testimony. The Torah is teaching us a message. There are two Mishkans (tabernacles): the Mishkan of Parshat Terumah and Tetzaveh - the idyllic Mishkan and the Mishkan of Parshat Vayakhel and Pekudei - the Mishkan of real life.

G-d made the Mishkan that was built by man His primary residence, the one which He called home. The one that testifies that you are My people, you are not perfect but I prefer you with your issues over the "perfect" someone else.

We are in this relationship for the long term; let’s make it the best relationship we can by working through the struggles.

Have a great Shabbos.

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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