Honest Public Figures

As we end the Book of Shemot, the end theme seems to emphasize generosity, no stealing, and giving an accounting of public funds.

We learn generosity in the manner that they gave to the Mishkan. It may have been the only time people were told to stop giving as they had all that they needed.

In preparing for the Mishkan, Moshe Rabbeinu was careful that he not be suspected of stealing in any way. He gave a detailed accounting of every single object that was used.

This is a good lesson for anyone asked to handle public funds. They must be certain that they are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

This is very appropriate today-especially when we are in elections. No theft, honesty, and generosity, is definitely the correct path to take. Moshe Rabbeinu set the example for this exemplary behavior.