Parshat Pekudei

By: Alina Sterenfeld (10th Grade)

In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Pekudei, Moshe asked the Jews to contribute to the building of the Beit Hamikdash through donating gold, silver, and copper. At first glance, it seems as though gold is the most valuable material followed by silver, and then copper, which is the cheapest and most accessible. However, as we look deeper into the parsha, we learn that each metal plays a vital role, and without it, the Beit Hamikdash would be incomplete.

Indeed, each of the three metals have their own unique purpose in the constructing the Beit Hamikdash. However, this purpose could only be fulfilled with the help of the other two metals. For instance, the gold was used for making the Aron, the ark which contained the Torah, but a courtyard made of silver and copper was needed in order to surround and protect the Aron. From this, it becomes evident that all materials are greatly necessary, for they are dependant on one another.

Everybody wants to make a difference; everybody wants to change the world. Often though, people are too scared to even try. They fear that their contribution will be unworthy when compared to that of another’s. This parsha teaches us that no matter what we think, we are always contributing. We must do our part and donate in whatever way Hashem allows us.

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