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Vayakhel-Pekudei in a Nutshell

Vayakhel-Pekudei in a Nutshell

Exodus 35:1–40:38


Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet (veil) that separates between the Sanctuary’s two chambers, and the masach (screen) that fronts it; the Ark and its cover with the Cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments—the ephod, breastplate, cloak, crown, turban, tunic, sash and breeches—according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil, and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the divine presence that has come to dwell within it.

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Michael Ocala Nat. Forest March 25, 2017

Re: Mishkan, next comment I don't think the Isralites being recently freed from bondage/slavery had much 'wealth'; except the spoils given to them by the Egyptians (Shemoth 11:2-3 and 12:35-36). Scripture says we are to give our best to YHVH, the 'ordinary' He was given to us for everyday use. Reply

Anonymous saugerties March 13, 2015

The Mishkan It would have been better to construct the Mishkan out of ordinary materials so that the wealthy would not be advantaged in the Accounting. Reply

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izzy Buffalo March 8, 2013

thanks! so good to have this overview ....

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DLocke Marlboro, NJ March 5, 2013

Great summary! I am reading Torah this Shabbat, and, wanted to refresh my memory re the contents of the parsha.
Nice succinct overview. Reply

Anonymous March 17, 2012

Mishkan I am rediscovering my Judaism with this website. I did not learn about the Mishkan during Sunday School as a kid. This is extremely frightening to me when I imagine what the Mishkan may have looked like. This is a very powerful Torah passage. Reply

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