Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi
"This is my God, and I will adorn him: adorn thyself before Him in [the fulfillment of] precepts. Thus: make a beautiful sukkah in His honor, a beautiful lulab, a beautiful shofar, beautiful fringes, and a beautiful Scroll of the Law, and write it with fine ink, a fine reed [-pen], and a skilled penman, and wrap it about with beautiful silks. (Masechet Shabbat 133b)
In this week's parasha, Beshalah, we read of Keriyat Yam Souf, the splitting of the sea. This was a moment of absolute divine glory for Bnei Yisrael, which saw an ending of the Egyptian threat, and an emerging of a new forged nation.
In such an intense moment, a moment where countless miracles were happening according to all commentaries, what is the reaction of Moshe Rabeynou? Did he worry and fear that this precarious situation, his nation walking through tunnels of water, could collapse at any moment? No, he did not.
Instead, quite the opposite, Moshe was moved to lead Bnei Yisrael to sing in praise of Hashem. The miracles witnessed by the simplest person of Bnei Yisrael were so grand, that our rabbis teach us that even prophets later in history, never achieved again such a high level of divine sight. Nevertheless, out of pure-hearted happiness and absolute faith, Moshe sang- a song for generations.
In the Shira (song), Moshe states: "Zeh Eli Veanvehou" "This is my God, and I will adorn Him". How does one adorn Hashem? Clearly, Hashem has no physical form that we can come and adorn Him with jewelry and the like. The Gemara in Shabbat 133b learns that the intention from this verse is not literal. The way one adorns Hashem, is by adorning oneself with His misvot in grand fashion. For example, building a beautiful Sukkah, using a fancy shofar, creating an attractive Sefer Torah etc. <
We can examine the list of misvot in the Gemara above and notice a common characteristic. The concept of Zeh Eli Veanvehou applies to all misvot, but specifically towards misvot that are seen by other people. Just as the missvah of Sukkah and lulav, or creating a sefer Torah is seen by many people, so too all misvot that are seen have an extra special concept of adornment when one partakes in the missvah.
Now, what is more seen by people than a Bet Kinesset?
At Ahaba VeAhva, we are working daily under this guiding principle. During the last number of years, we have been building a new wondrous building for the sake of Hashem. We have built it without sacrificing one iota on the quality and appearance of the building. Zeh Eli Veanvehou.
Our qahal has rallied together to create a glorious place of worship, the crowning jewel achievement in all our extended communities. We each have upon us the missvah of Zeh Eli Veanvehou, and are fulfilling that missvah as we fulfill our dedications towards this house of God. And as the project comes to a close, may we merit to perform a new Shira, and elate the name of Hashem together in our new Ahaba, soon, Amen.