"And they will make for me a Temple and I will dwell among them." Great things are achieved when everyone does their part and works toward a common goal.
We recently finished reading the second book of the Torah, Exodus. The book begins with the tribe of Israel brought out of Egypt and ends with the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in the wilderness.
God gave to Moses detailed instructions on the building of the Mishkan. Moses gathered the tribe and said to them, "These are the things God has commanded us to do”. Exodus 35:1-2.The details describe the structure, furnishings and clothing for the Priests. Each person had a precise job to perform and each had to do the job to his/her maximum potential. When everyone worked together, they built a structure of unparalleled holiness.
The Torah is alive today and what was true thousands of years ago is true today. A lesson for us in the final chapters of Exodus is that we need to apply ourselves to the building and maintaining of our Synagogue and our Community, Congregation B'nai Israel, in the same way the Tribe of Israel built the Mishkan in the wilderness.
Each of us has unique talents and abilities. We need to apply these to our building and community. Let us build a place where "God can dwell among us".
I ask each of you to think about a talent God has given you and think: “How can I apply my talent and ability to improve Congregation B'nai Israel?” The blessing is that you will have the satisfaction of doing a mitzvah for our Community and our Community will be improved.