At the conclusion of last week’s Torah portion, Yisro, when Revelation takes place, we are instructed regarding the building of the Altar upon which our offerings were brought.
After concluding this week’s portion, Mishpatim, with the “rest of the story” of Revelation, we immediately are directed to “make a Sanctuary for Me (G-d) wherein I will dwell.”
Our Rabbis tell us that today, when our Beit Hamikdash is waiting to be rebuilt, our prayers and our Shuls represent that Holy Space and Holy Service wherein G-d dwells. In fact, the Torah tells us that when Moshiach will come, all Shuls will be transported to Jerusalem to join the “Mother of all Shuls” – the eternal Beit Hamikdash (that is why our Shul is made of Jerusalem stone, to comply with the municipality of Jerusalem’s zoning regulations).
This is especially relevant today as we celebrated our 34th annual banquet and official groundbreaking of our Minor Beit Hamikdash (Shul).
We commemorated and rejoiced in a truly outstanding, over the top manner in what was an ultimate Family Simcha, evoking exponential feelings of joy and accomplishment. It was a great pleasure to recognize our Classic Baal Teshuva honorees, Dr. and Mrs. Michael and Eva Salzhauer and their dear children, Aleah, Tzvika, David, Yakov and Jonathan, as a family who sets extraordinary standards of goodness, piety, holiness, spirituality and kindness that is a positive influence for the entire community. That joy was magnified with the D’Or L’Dor – generational continuity honorees, Niv, Tal, Alon and Oren Alexander, who were born in this community and are the generational continuity of the powerful foundation that their dear Parents and Grandparents have set before them. They represent the next generation of dynamic leadership that embodies meaning and purpose from their Jewish perspective, integrated with financial achievement and success on the worldly stage.
Together with them, we honorred our entire Community Family who are especially focused on growth, the inevitable process that each of us constantly experiences whether consciously or subconsciously. As we become even a moment older, another experience has permeated our life that needs to make us wiser and better. So too with Communal Institutional growth that needs to continue to keep pace with the growth of its most important element, our Community Family who are the spirit that fills the walls that make up The Shul.
Thank you all very much for participating with us. Our extraordinary community Shul is singular and outstanding as as truly ”over-the-top”, “getting it done” group that is unique in the entire world. We love you and G-d bless you as we continue to move forward and grow in an exponential manner until we reach the final objective of making our world ready to receive Moshiach now.
Have a great Shabbos and a good week.
Rabbi Sholom D. Lipskar