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) ?