When the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was finally dedicated on the first day of the month of Nissan, the heads of each of the Shvatim (tribes) together brought six covered wagons and twelve oxen to help transport the Mishkan.
According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe: there is an important lesson to be learned from this. The nation of Israel is comprised of twelve different tribes, each of which is distinguished by unique characteristics, each bringing its own distinct contribution to the fulfillment of its spiritual mission. We also recognize that although we were blessed with something that our fellow tribes might not have, “it is they who provide us with what we lack.”
Half a wagon is useless—we must combine our gifts in order to have something with which to transport the “Tent of Meeting” in our journey through the spiritual desert that is our material world. And while we may perhaps be able to produce a complete “ox” by our own efforts, it takes two oxen to pull our common wagon.
Here’s a recipe to commemorate the six ‘Agalot’ (wagons) that were brought by the twelve tribal chieftains in honour of the dedication of the Mishkan.
Wagon Wheel Pasta with Basil
This is a very casual recipe so amounts do not need to be exact.
- 1 package Wagon Wheel pasta, cooked
- 2 onions
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 bunch fresh basil,
- 4 cloves garlic
- 3 tablespoon pine nuts, crushed
- handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
- salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste
While basil is soaking in soapy water (to remove bugs) sautee onions in olive oil. Add garlic and then chopped basil, pine nuts and tomatoes. Toss with pasta and add seasoning.
B’tayavon and Shabbat Shalom!