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Binding to the Upper Tabernacle
Upon completion, each part of the Tabernacle corresponded to its supernal counterpart.
The Tabernacle is a materialized reproduction of what already exists in the celestial spheres. Just as G-d has an abode in the spiritual world, the building of the Tabernacle would provide Him with such an abode also in the physical, i.e. the "lower" world.
The Real Count
The Real Count
Items which have been "counted" usually do not enjoy lasting blessing.
The only true count on earth was of the components which comprised the Holy Tabernacle. Normally, G-d objects to a headcount. In this instance G-d did not object; on the contrary - every single component contributed and accounted for increased the amount of blessings G-d bestowed on the Holy Tabernacle.
Prompting Hearts
Because the mixed multitude was among them, Moses had to gather and separate Israel from among them.
Israel serves as witness that G-d created the world, therefore enabling other nations of the world to acknowledge the renewal of the world. If not for the existence of Israel, through whom the renewal of the world is publicized when they observe the Torah, those nations would deny the renewal of the world just as the ancient peoples denied it.
Contribution of Maturity
By the age of 20, one is considered fully equipped to cope with temptation.
A person is not yet mature enough emotionally and intellectually to successfully battle the evil urge and to appreciate G-d's message to man until age 20. Therefore, teenagers were not required to pay the half-shekel ransom, although they also participated in the Golden Calf episode.
The Soul of Shabbat
Shabbat is particularly suited for attaining higher spiritual levels.
There is little doubt that a person who prepares himself to receive the Shabbat benefits from the additional soul which inhabits every Jew on Shabbat. However -as the Shelah teaches - if it were not for the heavenly assistance received, his spiritual accomplishment would have been far more modest.
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