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Not All That Glitters is... Godly! & The Rooster Within! (Parshas Pikudei)
Speaker:   Alter, Rabbi Avrohom M.
Series: Hashkafah -Thought
Lecture Details:  The great wealth (gold, silver, copper, etc) used to construct Hashem's Mishkan in the desert was miniscule in comparison to the abundant riches King Solomon appropriated constructing the First Beis Hamikdash. Nevertheless Hashem's presence (The Shchina) was manifest in the simple tent-like structure of the Mishkan, far more than it was in the magnificent structure that Shlomo Hamelech built! Moreover, even though the second Beis HaMikdash was lavishly adorned by King Herod, with an unimaginable wealth of gold, silver, etc, dwarfing King Solomon's Beis HaMikdash, yet astonishingly, the presence of the Shechina was never manifest in the second Beis Hamikdash! What lessons can we garner from this phenomenon? An additional oddity is: the Mishkan was designed as a portable construct, assembled and disassembled during Klal Yisroel's travels in the desert. Yet, we find that only once was there a difficulty in erecting the Mishkan, here, at its inaugural assembling at the hand of Moshe! Why was it never a challenge again? What does this have to do with our rooster within? Each morning we thank Hashem for the rooster's crow at dawn. But, why did our sages single out Hashem's gift to the rooster more than any other animal's natural instinct? Didn't the Al-mighty endow each creature with its own instinctive traits, which our sages tell us we can learn from to develop positive character traits in ourselves? Additionally, why is this blessing positioned as the opening blessing, a lead-in to thanking Hashem for His spiritual gifts ("not creating me as a goy, a servant, etc) ? Would it not be more appropriately placed later, grouped with thanks for physical gifts i.e. "giving sight to the blind, clothing the naked etc"? What connection could there be between the rooster's instinct to establish dawn and a Jew's spiritual development?
Library: Migdal Torah  View All Lectures
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Age: All Ages
Gender: both
Length: 47 min.
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