learning from the master

We mentioned in the past that the Ohr HaHayyim explains that HaShem created all of the "construction materials" in the very first expression of the word בראשית. (Bereishith) Then he set everything up on the following six days, leaving everything unfinished, so that we could play our part and finish it.

This morning I was thinking about David HaMelech, he wasn't given permission to build the Beit HaMikdash, but he was promised that his son, Shlomoh, would be the one to build it. This is interesting, because he apparently takes a lesson from HaShem's creation of the world. Even though David HaMelech couldn't build the Beit HaMikdash, he gathered the construction materials that would be necesary in its making, so that Shlomoh wouldn't waste any time in getting straight to the building of it.

[When I was younger and came on trips in the summer to Israel, I remember thinking the Machon HaMikdash (the foundation that prepares the vessels for the Third Temple) was a little off.. but apparently they're just taking their lead from David HaMelech who was copying the original act of creation. May they be blessed in this world and the next.]


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