Last Shabbat, we completed the book of Shmot with a description of God’s descent upon the just completed Mishkan. It was, as the Ramban describes the culmination of our redemption from Egypt, and it was, as he explained the moment when God recreated Sinai through the service of the Mishkan.
Yet, it was also a moment of surprise - because, as the Torah describes, וְלֹא־יָכֹל מֹשֶׁה לָבוֹא אֶל־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד - Moshe was unable to enter the Mishkan, to access that sacred space.
In fact, it was only this week - in the opening words of Vayikra that we learn that God invited Moshe in - ויקרא אל משה - that He called to Moshe and had him enter that holy place.
Why did God first block his entry only to invite him in at a later time?
According to Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, the answer is because at first G-d wanted everyone to know that everyone shared equally in this new sacred venture and therefore, Moshe was not granted special access, any more than anyone else.
But then, later, after everyone shared in the glory of God’s presence, ויקרא אל משה, God called Moshe, he brought him near and began the process of bringing sanctity and beauty into our midst.
In the coming weeks we will celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the miracle of the State of Israel, what we pray is a pathway towards the ultimate redemption and coming of the Messiah.
But first, we all must share in the rebuilding of the land, both those who merit living in the land and those who remain in the Diaspora and must advocate and educate for the land. Because, as Rav Tzvi Hirsh Kalischer taught us, redemption will not suddenly occur. Rather, we must do our part, prepare the land and the world and then, G-d will call the Messiah to gather the Jewish people and bring about a new era, just as He once called Moshe to enter into His Mishkan and bring an experience Sinai into their midst.