Spirituality Never Stops
The connections between building the Tabernacle and Yom Kippur reminds us that all aspects of our spirituality are connected.
Another possibility is raised by the Hasidic teacher R. Moshe of Kobrin:
Moses wanted to hint to the Israelites that not only on Yom Kippur must people be filled with remorse and contrition, love of one's fellow-person, and friendship, but also on the day after Yom Kippur one must continue in the same fashion. (Source: Itturei Torah)
A third possibility is that this midrash isn't about the people's experience, but Moses'. It was Moses who had the "peak experience" (literally, up on a mountaintop!) in our story and it may have been Moses himself who needed to channel his revitalized spiritual energy into a constructive project.
How many times have you or somebody you know gotten a tremendous boost from a conference or a lecture or a religious service, and then just let that energy dissipate without being utilized for constructive purposes? People often get excited at new beginnings, but then the excitement fades once it becomes a daily discipline.
OK, now it's YOUR turn: what do YOU think Rashi meant to teach by connecting "gathering the people" with the day after Yom Kippur?
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