I heard a beautiful dvar torah at the Chabad center in Eilat on parshat Terumah, in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe ZT”L, that I’d like to share.

Why does the Torah spend so much time discussing the building of a mishkan that would only be relevant in the wilderness?

The Torah is teaching us that it is possible for man to create holiness out of nothing, in a place totally devoid of holiness, by contributing his time, talent, and wealth. Wherever we find ourselves, no matter how desolate of spirituality and holiness the place is, we have the power to build an environment where the Divine presence can dwell among, and within, us.

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