Exodus 26:15
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15  You shall make the planks for the Mishkan of acacia wood, upright.

v’-a-SEE-ta et ha-k’-ra-SHEEM la-mish-KAN a-TZAY shi-TEEM o-m’-DEEM

טו  וְעָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַקְּרָשִׁים לַמִּשְׁכָּן עֲצֵי שִׁטִּים עֹמְדִים׃

 26:15   You shall make the planks

An Acacia tree growing in the Negev.

Why is the definite article ‘the’ used in reference to the planks used in the construction of the Mishkan? Rashi answers that this refers to specific planks with great significance. He cites the tradition that Yaakov planted acacia trees in Egypt in preparation for the redemption, and commanded his sons to take these trees with them upon exiting Egypt hundreds of years in the future. In this way, Yaakov was not only preparing the materials for the future building of the Mishkan, but also imparting a message, teaching the coming generations of his descendants that their exile is temporary. Later in history, throughout the bitter exile, the children of Yaakov have similarly longed continuously and prepared for their redemption and return to their homeland. How fortunate are we to witness the beginning of this final redemption.

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  • Herman Arentsen

    That's exactly what our people is up to. We are a chosen generation that has to live up to the promises of G-d. We live by and through the Promises of HaShem. Therefore oueancestors planted trees so that our descent could have the profit of it. That's also the same when Isayah bought a vineyard on the verge of being lead into exile.

  • Phyllis Pearson

    Why 'standing up?' is there some special significance about the boards standing, rather than being laid horizontally I wonder. When looking on Google to see if there was a meaning for 'Hakarashim' I read this on a site: -The gematria of "HaKerashim LaMishkan" and "Yaakov Avinu Nata Lahem Arazim B'Mitzrayim" are both equal to 1095. The letters used to make 1095 are Tuf Tuf Reish Tzadi Hei or Tisratzeh, Hashem forgave Bnei Yisrael. Does it mean that Hashem Stands in the Tabernacle, this is where He forgives?
    In Britain many years ago, Oak trees would be planted when a church was being built. The idea was that when the church was completed the trees would be big enough to cut down and use for the furniture inside. Seats etc. Much the same as what Joseph may have done.

  • Bonnie Pritchett

    What a beautiful thought – how can it be otherwise than that Israel be at the forethought of every descendant of Abraham, and as we see the people returning to Israel, the land flourishes! We pray for their safety and security.

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