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Rabbi Zwickler's Weekly Dvar Torah

Vayakheil - 25 Adar 1 5779

Rashi explains that Moshe was hesitant to include the donation of mirrors offered by the women for the Mishkan. Moshe was concerned that the mirrors represented vanity and had no place in the holy edifice the people were about to construct. Hashem instructed Moshe that the mirrors were beloved to Him as they were the impetus for the continuity of the Jewish people in Mitzrayim. They were to be used as the covering of the Kiyor (laver) from which the Kohanim were to wash their hands regularly. The mirrors served to unite husbands and wives, thereby creating the next generation of the Jewish people.

While the world around us is fueled, lewd, and boundaryless in the area of sexuality, Judaism sees sexuality as a human attribute that should be exercised and celebrated in the proper context. The Torah does not deny the basic human sexual drive, rather it channels it into a relationship which is fused with sanctity, grounded, committed, and has a bright future.

The laws of Taharas Hamishpacha (family purity) are meant to elevate our connection, and highlight the need for us to learn discipline in this important area. At the same time, these laws encourage a couple to grow together and renew their connection in multiple dimensions. We must not give up when it comes to educating our children about the healthy and beautiful intimate relationship they can have with their spouses as adults. If we don’t do so, they will most likely learn from the symbols of the world around us and lose out on a healthy understanding of what is sure to be a natural and important part of their lives. Good Shabbos!

Thu, July 9 2020 17 Tammuz 5780