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February 15, 2013
I Kings 5:26 - 6:13
The haftarah for T'rumah, though short (only 15 verses) marks a major stage in the development of Israelite religion, which would eventually become what we call Judaism. The parasha details the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle in the dessert, a place where Moses would go for sacred communication with God. The haftarah tells how this structure in the dessert, which also housed the sh'nai lukhot ha-brit, the Tablets of the Covenant, was to be made into something permanent, a Temple. This building was to be done by King Solomon, the third King of Israel.
The haftarah consists mostly of the details of the construction. It tells of the men who were "drafted" to travel to Lebanon and bring back wood, which was considered to be the finest of the earth, and details how the stone was to be quarried and laid down. Finally, "In the four hundred and eightieth year after the Israelites left the land of Egypt, in the month of Ziv (which we call today Iyyar) - that is the second month - in the fourth year of his reign over Israel, Solomon began to build the House of the Lord." (I Kings 6:1)
While the details of the construction have a certain level of interest (especially to architects and builders), what is most important is the message that literally surrounds this haftarah. As noted above, Solomon was the third King of Israel. While Saul's reign was short and he rebelled against the Lord (more on this next week), why wasn't David, Solomon's father and widely considered the greatest King of Israel given this privilege?
David was known for his greatness in battle. But such a person, who literally lived by the sword, would not be appropriate to build a house that honored the Eternal. Rather other qualities were more important for the builder of this important and holy structure. The haftarah began by telling us "The Lord had given Solomon wisdom, as God had promised him." (I Kings 5:26). Not only that, but the name Solomon in Hebrew contains the word shalom, peace. It was only one whose life was filled with wisdom and peace who would be given the duty to build a House for God.
Finally the last words of the haftarah echo the instructions in the Torah. God instruct the people v'asu li mikdash, v'shachanti betocham, And let them make me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell among them" (Ex. 25:29). We expect the commandment to say '...make me a Sanctuary, that I may dwell-betocho-in it." The Torah reminds us that God does not really need a place to live; God presence will be found among the people. So too the haftarah closes by reiterating this notion, "I will abide among the children of Israel, and I will never forsake My people Israel" (I Kings 6:13).
This week's Haftarah commentary was written by
Rabbi Steve Kane, Congregation Sons of Israel, Briarcliff Manor, NY.
Recognizing our Maasim Tovim
Doer of Good Deeds Honorees
New England Region
Mark Druy grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mark settled in the Boston area in 1981 after earning an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Brown University and a doctorate degree in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Mark and his wife Johanna were married in 1984 and live in Arlington, MA. Their oldest daughter, Shaina is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a Bachelors of Science in Finance and their youngest, Naomi, is a junior at the University of Vermont majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Johanna is a self-employed management consultant and is the author of several books on the staffing and management of high technology product development organizations. Mark is a business and product development manager for an analytical instrumentation company in Andover. In their spare time, Mark & Johanna are avid ballroom dancers. Mark is also an accomplished downhill skier and bicyclist. In particular, he enjoys riding his bike for numerous charities including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters and the New England Region Tour de Shuls ride (of which he is a co-chair) to support the Tikvah program at Camp Ramah of New England.
Mark is a past president, treasurer, and recording secretary of the Temple Emunah Brotherhood and currently serves as the President of Temple Emunah, Lexington, MA. Prior to his term as President, Mark was the Vice President of Programming and Executive Vice President of Temple Emunah. He is currently the co-chair of the 2013 FJMC Convention, a member of the FJMC Executive Committee, and the Honorary President of the New England Region, in which he has previously held Treasurer and Vice Presidential responsibilities.