1. Mi’shenichnas Adar marbim b’simcha. How? It’s hard to decipher the Rogatchover, but at least I get the first line (Shu”T II:23) – “ain simcha b'lo achila v'shetiya.” You can't rejoice and be happy without food. I guess it's a bad month for dieting.
2. Wouldn’t it make more sense to say “V’yikchu li nedava mei’eis kol is hasher yidvenu libo” instead of saying “yikchu li terumah...?”
The Midrash comments: “Ani y’sheina v’libi er,” I am asleep, but my heart is awake (Shir HaShirim 5:2) Klal Yisrael said, “We are sleep, but Hashem is always awake… we are asleep and not doing mitzvos, but our zechus Avos is awake… we are asleep due to cheit ha’eigel, but Hashem is ….
What can you tell someone when they feel that their avodas Hashem is asleep, when they feel disconnected?
Pshat in “V’yikchu li terumah” is not “make a donation.” Pshat in "V’yikchu li terumah” is “give -- because you have something to contribute.”
The former is all about the $$$ -- the “nedava”. The latter is all about the person giving – “terumah” = “haramah,” to lift up, as it lifts up the spirit of the person. When someone thinks their contribution matters, then they want to be part of the program.
What does the Midrash mean when it says that Hashem is awake, that zechus Avos is awake, if we are asleep? The answer is that Hashem’s presence is ingrained within us, zechus Avos is ingrained within us. The Midrash means that there is always something inside of us, deep down, that remains awake. We just need a little uplift to get back on track. We need to be reminded that there is something worthwhile inside of us that we can give over, that we need to give over.
3. “K’chol asher ani mareh oscha….” We would have expected the pasuk to say “mareh lecha,” as the vision of the Mishkan was shown to Moshe.
The Midrash presents a parable: a Ki mar off his daughter, but could not bear to leave her. He therefore requested that she set aside a little room in her house for him so that he knows there is always a place for him. So too, Hashem could not part with the Torah, so he asked for us to make a Mishkan for him to be with us.
Everybody is familiar with the derasha of “v’shachanti b’socham” -– it doesn’t say that Hashem will dwell in the Mishkan, but rather that he will dwell within the people.
To become a kli for hashra’as haShechina is something that requires a role model to achieve, not something you wake up one morning and figure out. “Mareh oscha” = Hashem is showing off Moshe Rabeinu, so to speak, and telling people to look toward him, as he is a model of what a Mishkan means.