Bamidbar: Torat Chaim: The Intimacy of the Mishkan
The 25th of Iyar is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Chaim Hager of Kosov, author of Toras Chaim (1795-1854). Son of Rav Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosov (author of Ahavas Shalom), grandson of Rav Yaakov Kopel, and father of the first Vizhnitzer Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Hager, the Tzemach Tzaddik.
Our Sages say, “God first spoke to Moshe at the Bush that seemed to burn, then in Midian, and then, at Sinai. However, once the Mishkan was erected, He spoke with Moshe only there for reasons of Tzniut.”
It was only when God spoke to Moshe in the Mishkan, that He spoke as if, “Face to face.” Once the children of Israel had repaired and sanctified themselves completely, they merited that God would speak with Moshe in the most intimate manner, “face to face,” as a husband and wife. This level of intimacy could only take place in the most intimate of places, the Mishkan.