The taste of Shabbat -Vayakhel-Pekudei 5777
Rav Mordechai Elon
This week we read two parshiot that are both old and new. They repeat the main details of the building of the mishkan, with Parshat Pekudei mainly being a summation, how many utensils, how much gold etc. We will discuss this week the pegs of the mishkan, a subject that may seem a bit strange at first. The pegs which were thick brass nails – as Rashi explains:
the pegs: [These were] like copper bars, made for the curtains of the tent and for the hangings of the courtyard, tied with cords all around [them] at their bases [i.e., at the bases of the curtains and the hangings], so that the wind would not lift them up. …. Therefore, they were called יְתֵדוֹת, and this verse supports me [my assertion]: “a tent that shall not fall, whose pegs (יְתֵדֹתָיו) shall never be moved”.
Rashi is describing a bar that is used to lock a door, as does the gemara. This sounds like a common place building material that could be obtained in any hardware shop. The question now arises, how is it that our parsha opens with a list of all the various utensils that were made by men “’wise of heart” (חכמי לב) ?