Parshat Pekudei: Living the awareness of God’s love

The last portion of the book of Exodus describes the final details of the elaboration of the tabernacle, and its inauguration.

“And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘On the first day of the first month you shall rear up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting’.” (Exodus 40:1-2)

Our sages explain that the Creator commanded the inauguration of the sanctuary at the beginning of Nissan for various reasons. Nissan is the “first of the months”, and such as we begin a year in the permanent awareness of our permanent bond and connection with God.

The sanctuary represents this permanent awareness, which is also a continuous reference of the material and spiritual freedom we yearn for our lives, and that culminates on Pesach.

We must insist on the Jewish principle that the Temple of Jerusalem is the commanded place where our eternal bond with the Creator is manifest. Hence we have to fulfill His will to build a home for Him to dwell in our midst. Not only among us as His people, but in us. Once we become fully aware of God’s presence in our consciousness, He also will be manifest in what we are, have and do. Thus we realize that God dwell in our midst.

Thus we also understand that the Promised Land, as well as the Temple of Jerusalem, represent the goodness God wants us to celebrate and enjoy as the main purpose of the life He gives us. The “good land” is also the good life we experience when we follow love’s ways and attributes as the material expression of God’s love.

“And you shall put upon Aaron the holy garments; and you shalt anoint him, and sanctify him, that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office.” (40:13)

We have mentioned often in our commentaries on the Torah, that Moses represents the utmost knowledge of God, and Aaron represents the permanent awareness of our connection with Him. Hence Moses is charge of building the tabernacle, for through our knowledge of God’s ways and attributes we establish and maintain our bond with Him. The later as the fundamental purpose of the tabernacle.

The knowledge of God enables us to endow our consciousness with the highest awareness of our connection with the Creator. This utmost awareness is the high priest with whom we elevate the offerings that safeguard God’s presence in our lives, moment to moment.

Our knowledge of God is the strength to identify, to elevate and to consecrate our higher consciousness in regards to our the life God wants us to have in the material world.

“Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.” (40:34)

We have mentioned often that God’s glory, honor, splendor and countenance are metaphors for God’s love manifest in His creation: “All the earth is filled with His glory”.

Once we build and inaugurate the permanent awareness of our connection with God, His love manifests in all aspects, levels, and dimensions of consciousness. Thus we live the goodness of love’s ways and attributes, in what we are, have and do.

Then we realize that God’s love is our creator, sustenance and life throughout our lifetime, once we enthrone His presence permanently in our life.

“For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and there was fire therein by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.” (40:38)

About the Author
Ariel Ben Avraham was born in Colombia (1958) from a family with Sephardic ancestry. He studied Cultural Anthropology in Bogota, and lived twenty years in Chicago working as a radio and television producer and writer. He emigrated to Israel in 2004, and for the last fourteen years has been studying the Chassidic mystic tradition, about which he writes and teaches. Based on his studies, he wrote his first book "God's Love" in 2009. He currently lives in Kochav Yaakov.
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