Act normal when performing Mitzvos
Rashi (Shemos 38: 22 ) says,” Moshe commanded Betzalel to do the Klei Hamishkan
first and then to construct the Mishkan. Betzalel argued and said the Minhag is to build the
house first and then the Keilim, so you can place them in the house. Moshe agreed
that this was the way Hashem originally commanded him.”
Why didn't Moishe think of such an obvious problem it would create, not having where
to house the Keilim ?
We can answer this question with another question.
The building of the Mishkan was completed on the 25th of Kislev. The first time
it was erected was more than three months later. on Rosh Chodesh Nissan.
What was Betzalel's argument? Why was it important to build the Mishkan first if
they wouldn't store the Keilim there for the first 3 months?
Perhaps we can answer.
Bezalel's concern was not, that the Mishkan needs to
be ready first, for the practical reason to place the Klei Hamishkan in it.
He knew that both, the Mishkan and the Keilim will need to go into storage
for 3 months.
His argument was, being the Minhag Haolam is to build
the home first and then the furniture, ( practical reason)
so too when building a Mishkan, we should follow the Minhag
Haolam and build the Mishkan first and then the Keilim.
He held, when doing Mitzvohs we should act and do it in
a normal manner. We should follow the Minhag Haolom.
From the Loshon of Rashi, we see that his main complaint was
the Minhag Haolam.
The practical problem of storage is only an explanation for the
Minhag Haolam and not for the Mishkan and Keilim which would be
stored for three months. (אמבצי)
Vort on parshas vayakhel-The torah matzav