Vayakhel-Pekudei 5769 – Didn’t I read this before?

This week’s Divrei Simcha is different than any one I have ever written. See if you can find what’s different.

This week we have a double parsha, but as I look in my Mikraos Gedolos (book with the classic Torah commentators in it), I find that these parshios take up a small number of pages. There are numerous pages with very little commentary. Did all of the great Torah commentators go on vacation for these parshios?

The reason for little commentary is simple. These parshios are repetition of earlier parshios. This week we learn again all of the laws of the holy vessels of the Mishkan. The commentators write very little because their commentary was a few weeks ago. So the question is why do we need to repeat this?

I was once at a class for my job near Richmond, Virginia and was speaking with one of my classmates. I mentioned that I go to shul every morning and afternoon/evening to daven three times a day. This classmate was amazed and asked me, “Why do you need to pray three times a day? Isn’t once enough?” I thought about it and I think the answer might be that life is all about repetition. Whatever we constantly do is what we internalize. We daven three times a day so we internalize how great Hashem is. When we constantly do something, it becomes a part of us.

And maybe this is why this week’s parshios are repetitions of earlier ones. It is to remind us that the important things in life need to be repeated so we remember them. Whatever messages we constantly learn are the ones that will stay with us forever. Therefore, we should constantly repeat our Torah learning so this is what we will always remember!

As mentioned at the beginning, this week’s Divrei Simcha is different than any other one I have written. The reason is because, except for one paragraph, this is the same Divrei Simcha I wrote two years ago. As I was rewriting this, I forgot most of what I had written because I had not reviewed it in a long time. My prediction is that this looks new to many of you reading this also. Constant review is needed to remember things and that’s why every year we learn these parshios about repetition again and again and again. And again.

Good Shabbos!
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