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Browse Torah Articles: Sefer Shemot: Parashat Vayaqhel: Let the work be done
"Moshe assembled the whole Israelite community and said to them, "These are the things Hashem has commanded you to do: For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a Sabbath of rest to Hashem. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. Do not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day." (Shemoth 35,1-3)

In this week's Parasha, Vayaqhel, we learn of many various aspects of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). However, before these teaching, the Torah presents the misva of the Shabbat, our holy day of rest.

In the Rabeynou Bahyeh, we can find an interesting interpretation of one of the words in this passage, whose translation is underlined above. In Hebrew the word "Teaseh" means "to be done". While the usual form "Taaseh" means "you will do". The Torah above used the form of "Teasah" – that during the six days of the week, one's work should "be done".

We must be careful in analyzing this statement: one's work should be done, meaning by others and not oneself! Indeed, Rabeynou Bahyeh explains that there is a hidden meaning and blessing for those who follow the will of Hashem. If we follow the way of the Torah in all aspects of our lives, then we will be blessed so that our work will be done by others, and not by us- i.e. in the form of cleaning people, workers, employees, etc. However, if we do not follow the ways of our great religion, "Taaseh", the work will fall on one's shoulders to complete.

This hidoush is similar to the reaching of Pirkeh Avot, where a person who actively chooses to learn Torah, and accept the yoke of heaven upon his shoulders, the heavenly court removes from his shoulders the annoying "busywork" of this world.
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