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Bring down the fire!

Thursday, 31 March, 2016 - 11:54 am

By Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman

The moment has arrived! Months of construction, the walls, the Ark, the Menorah, the garments of the Kohen have come and gone. The seven days of consecration have passed with Moses having served as High Priest. Aaron is waiting for the Divine Presence to descend on the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and nothing happens. He wonders whether the Divine Presence is not descending because of his part in sin of the Golden Calf .

So Moses joins Aaron in prayer; Vayehi Noam Hashem Elokeinu Alaynu – may it be pleasing before G-d Almighty the works of our hands… and the Divine Presence descends.

The story of our lives; we work hard towards a particular goal, building on momentum, week after week, month after month until the big day arrives. Sometimes it goes as planned. More often then not, it doesn’t go exactly as planned. There are curveballs, hiccups, potholes and other kinds of clichés in the way.

Often times what’s missing is the prayer to G-d and the recognition that our effort is only half of the equation. Remembering that we only make the vessel and that the largest vessel can only produce results if it has G-d’s blessing in it is sometimes the key to bringing the desired results from theory into reality.

Even the construction of a home for G-d can’t have the presence of G-d rest in it until we ask Him to do so. Our purpose on this earth is to make a home for G-d in all that we do. Saying that prayer and having that recognition is the key to making it happen.

Have a great Shabbos!


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