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Although the most common phrase in the Torah is "And G-d spoke to
Moshe saying.", this week's Parsha, Pekudei, includes the phrase
"just as G-d commanded Moshe". Why would the Torah feel the need
to even mention such an obvious statement? And why is it repeated
eighteen times in Parshat Pekudei alone?
Rabbi Meir Rubman explains that it's very easy to be "sort of"
Jewish, kind of learned or nice-ish. But if someone owed us money,
would we accept anything BUT an exact, total payment? If we
wouldn't, then why should G-d accept anything less of us? On the
other hand, it's very hard to do EVERYTHING correctly. So what are
we to do? As the Torah hints in this Parsha, the key is to do it
right, just the way it was passed down from G-d to Moshe, and
eventually to us. It's not enough to do it somewhat correctly.
It's not enough to just live Jew-ish! As the number 18 suggests (chai
- life), we should live as JEWS! So the next time someone asks you
if you're Jewish, tell them you're not.. You're a Jew!