Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Vayakhel (Exodus 35-38)
36:13 And he made fifty golden hooks (for the two sets curtains that formed the sanctuary). And he connected the (two sets of) curtains one with another with the hooks. And the (curtains that formed the) sanctuary became one (unit).
36:18 And he made fifty copper hooks to connect (the two sets of curtains that formed) the tent (that covered the sanctuary’s set of curtains) so that it should be one (large tent).
Both verses speak about two sets of hooks that each connected two large sets of curtains. One set was made of gold and the other was copper. Besides this obvious difference, we note variations in the words.
The first verse says that he made the hooks. Then it tells us that he used them to connect the curtains. And by doing so, the curtains that formed the sanctuary became one unit.
The second verse says that he made them in order to connect the curtains so that they should form one large tent.
The Meshech Chochma provides the following commentary.
Our ancestors dwelt in tents and we can assume that the hooks they used to make their tents were made out of copper, not gold.
Since nobody had golden tent hooks, the sanctuary’s hooks were custom made, with the intent that they would be used for the sanctuary.
However, copper tent hooks were common. It was not appropriate to use them for the sanctuary because those who made them did not have the intent that they would ever be used for the sanctuary.
Externally, the sanctuary’s hooks looked exactly like the common tent hook. But when it comes to anything related to worship, and especially the sanctuary, what’s inside also counts, sometimes even more. Especially so when they were used to create a unity, which is a big part of what the sanctuary was all about.