Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Shuls Should be As Beautiful On the Inside as They are Outside
Over Shabbos, Parshas Balak, I saw two teachings that I wanted to share.
One was a small part of a piece from the Toldos Yaakov Yosef by Rav Yaakov Yosef of Polnoye in Parshas Balak, 4th column in the first piece on the Parsha. After explaining how "Yaakov" is often used to refer to the "hamon am," the general Jewish population, and how "Yisroel" is used to refer to the Talmidei Chachaim, the Torah scholars, he explains the pasuk "מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב; מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל" in Bamidbar 24:6 by way of a drush. He says that "מַה-טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ, יַעֲקֹב" refers to the beautiful Shuls and Batei Midrash that will be built by the general Jewish population. He explains that these Shuls and Batei Midrash should only be built on the condition that "מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ, יִשְׂרָאֵל," that they are a made as a dwelling place for the Talmidei Chachamim to learn Torah. The wealthy people of the nation should strengthen the hands of those who learn Torah in the Beis Medrash so that the these buildings will be just as beautiful inside, b'pnimius, as they are outside.
(Picture courtesy of seforim center)
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