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Nourish Your Biblical Roots with Yael Eckstein

Mar 7, 2021

Have you ever felt like everything in life is falling apart? Have you ever felt like giving up? For many of us, this past year has presented many challenges and difficulties. In this episode, podcast host Yael Eckstein reveals what Moses did when he built — and rebuilt — the Tabernacle many times over and what his actions teach us about how to rebuild after experiencing setbacks in our lives.

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This week’s Torah portion, the parsha, is called Vayakhel-Pikuedai and covers Exodus 35:1-40:38. In this parsha, we read about how the Israelites built the different components of the Tabernacle and then brought them to Moses who erected the structure and anointed it.

In today’s episode, Yael focuses on Exodus 40:17, which reads: “So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year.” While most of us would gloss right over this verse without a second thought, Yael shares ancient Jewish teachings about what really happened when Moses set up the Tabernacle.

As Yael explains, according to Jewish tradition, Moses had set up and taken down the Tabernacle repeatedly through the Israelites’ journey in the desert. But what Moses did when he erected the Tabernacle over and over again conveys an important message for anyone going through hard times.

Every one of us experiences setbacks in life, both physically and spiritually. However, we have all been given the ability to rise up and rebuild over and over again. In this episode Yael opens up about her personal journey going from “sitting shiva,” mourning her father’s sudden death, to sitting in his chair as the new president and CEO of The Fellowship. She shares how this very verse from Exodus 40:17 inspired her and gave her the strength to keep going. This podcast episode will give you, too, the power to rise again, fueling your spirit to help you get through anything and come through it stronger than ever before.

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