I sat down at my computer to work on today’s Torah Minute.
And before I got started?
I figured I would click on today’s New York Times.
To see what’s happening in the world.
And something caught my eyes.
A carved wooden bust of Tutankhamen.
A.k.a. King Tut!
It was an article about a major traveling museum exhibit.
Millions of people are expected to stand on line to see it.
“King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs!”
I got very curious and checked around a bit more.
“Learn about how his short reign changed history.
See fifty major artifacts from his tomb.
Including the crown he probably wore while living!”
I figured, it’s really fascinating.
But I need to come up with a Torah Minute!
… We’re about to start the building of the Temple in the dessert. (Exodus, 25)
I started reading, “G-d spoke to Moshe saying…
“They should make a Sanctuary for me… They should make an Ark… A Menorah.”
… And I started thinking.
King Tut. Moshe.
… We have no busts of Moshe. Have no idea what he looked like.
But 3000 years later?
We’re still reading, “And G-d spoke to Moshe…
We read about an Ark. A Menorah.
Very familiar words.
Because every Synagogue still has an Ark.
And it’s hard to find a Jewish home that doesn’t have a Menorah!
They found King Tut’s tomb.
But we don’t know where Moshe was buried.
“Moshe died… and no one knows his burial place… (Deuteronomy, 34:5-6)
Because the Torah doesn’t want us to stand on line to visit his tomb.
It wants us to sit down and study his Torah!
All the best,