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Parashat Ki Tisa - 5775

My friends,

This week's Parasha continues with the instructions for building the Tabernacle and its contents. Bezalel from the tribe of Judah is appointed as the chief architect and craftsman who will make designs for all the work and supervise all the artisans that will be involved in the project.

Also, in Chapter 31, verses 12-17, the injunction of not working on the Sabbath is repeated. Our sages explain that, even for such an important project as building the Tabernacle, Shabbat must be kept, and any work, even if it related to the building of the Tabernacle, is forbidden.

The last two verses have become part of our Shabbat liturgy, and are recited at the Kiddush on Saturday. I am quoting them in Hebrew, as I feel that many of you are familiar with these verses:

"Veshamru B’nai YIsrael et Hashabbat, La-assot et hashabbat Ledorotam Brit Olam." (Verse 16) - "The Israelite people shall keep the Shabbat, oberving the Shabbat throughout the ages, as a covenant for all time."

"Beini uven bnai Yisrael ot hee leolam, ki sheshet Yamim Assah Adonay et Hahsamim ve-et Haaretz, ubayom Hashvi-i, Shavat vayinafash." (verse 17) - "It shall be a sign for all time between me and the people of Israel, for six days the L-rd made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he ceased from work and was refreshed."

Our people have been the witnesses declaring every Shabbat that this world did not come by itself, but was created by G-d. Think about it. Whenever you observe the Shabbat, or whenever you do something special because it is Shabbat, you declare and accept G-d as the Creator, with all the implications this carries.

Have a wonderful Shabbat and do something special on Shabbat. Why? Because G-d said so.

Shabbat Shalom,