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Vayakhel Videos

Are We Obsessed with Work?
A Taste of Text—Vayakhel
Do you define yourself by who you are, or by what you do?
As a Jew (the musical)
Vayakhel-Pekudei Parshah Report
Jono reports live on location in front of a backdrop of Antarctica to demonstrate the need to take our Judaism with us everywhere. And Gefilte Fish wears a bow tie. Just watch the video...
How Stiff Should Your Neck Be?
Determination, obstinacy and ambition are essential attitudes for striving to reach one’s spiritual goals. But if a good stiff neck is not tempered by humility, then it becomes very difficult to move one’s head.
The Secret to Flexibility in Marriage
What does it mean to love?
Torah in Ten: Vayakhel
Topics include: Why G‑d created the world with language, the lid of the ark as a metaphor for the human heart, and the importance of living an “integrated” lifestyle.
Resting on Shabbat
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Resting on Shabbat
Practical Parshah - Vayakhel
“Six days shall you work…” How does one actually rest on Shabbat?
Seeing the Forest Through the Trees
Life Lessons from Parshat Vayakhel
The name of each Torah portion contains the central theme and lesson for the respective portion. Comparing and contrasting the names Vayakhel and Pekudei crystilize two crucial life perspectives.
All Fired Up
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All Fired Up
The soul of Shabbat
A new and deeply personal appreciation of Shabbat emerges as we examine: (a) the nature of work forbidden on Shabbat; (b) the connection between Shabbat and the construction of the Sanctuary; (c) why the Torah singles out the prohibition of kindling a fire to teach something novel about the Shabbat labors. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 36, parshas Vayakhel)
The Sanctuary and the Sabbath
On Shabbat work is forbidden. But what defines work? The Torah defines work as any of the activities that were required for the construction or function of the Mishkan, the Divine Sanctuary. This class will explain the deeper connection between Shabbat and the Mishkan, and thereby outline the Divine template for a meaningful life. (Maamar, Vayakhel Moshe 5714)
Sacred Mirrors
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Sacred Mirrors
The Laver in the Holy Temple
A deeper meaning to why the copper wash-basin in the Temple was made from mirrors used by the Jewish women to beautify themselves throughout their slavery in Egypt.
Shabbos and Bringing G-d into the World
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Vayakhel
In the beginning of this week's portion, Moses gathers the Jews together and tells them (Exodus 35:1): "These are the things that G-d commands to do." In this verse, the word "to do" (la'asot) is missing the letter vav. How does our labor during the work week "fill in" this missing vav?
Shabbat and Building a Home for G-d
How to Study Torah - Vayakhel
Why are these portions that talk all about building the Tabernacle also the context for learning about a day of rest? What is the connection between observing Shabbat and making a place for G-d's presence to dwell?
Parshah Insights: Vayakhel
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Vayakhel
Decoding the hidden messages
The parshah of Vayakhel contains 122 verses and the mnemonic for it is the word ‘Senuah’. Explore the coded message in this Masoretic note and its connection to the general themes of the Parshah.
Jewish Wonder Women
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Jewish Wonder Women
Parshah Curiosities: Vayakhel
The Torah’s gives a glowing description of the women’s exceptional contributions towards constructing the Mishkan—highlighting the feminine superiority of faith. This class also uncovers intriguing nuggets on the art of spinning goat-hair, a ghost-written prayer, and the special connection to Rosh Chodesh.
How Do I Energize Myself?
Maximize your Shabbat experience
In a frenetic world that seems to suck out our souls, how do we maximize the Shabbat experience to get energized for the whole week?
Effective Leadership
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Effective Leadership
Exploring Rashi on the tribal leaders’ contributions to the Mishkan
This class examines the Torah’s criticism of the Jewish leaders in the desert for appearing sluggish in their contributions to the building of the Tabernacle. Rashi, in his analysis of this story, teaches us a fundamental lesson in leadership. Based on Lekutei Sichos 12)
Shabbat: Burden or Boon?
If Shabbat is such a beautiful gift, why are there so many rules and restrictions, which can be seen as a big burden?
A Missed Opportunity
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayakihel
All of Israel were instructed to contribute toward the Mishkan, yet the leaders of the twelve tribes waited to donate after the rest of the nation.
Leaving as a Changed Person
Something Spiritual on Parshat Vayakhel
The Sanctuary and the Sabbath, Part 2
In last week’s class, the basic human needs of food, clothing and shelter were explored on multi-levels: physical, psychological, spiritual and the Divine. This class will continue to develop this theme together with the implications and lessons for our daily lives. (Based on Maamar Vayakhel Moshe 5714)
The Mysterious 'Tachash' Creature
The Uppermost Covering of the Mishkan
The uppermost covering of the Divine Sanctuary, the Mishkan, was the hide of a creature the Torah identifies as the 'Tachash'. The Sages disagree as to what type of creature it was, but all agree that it existed only then and that its hide was multicolored. This class will address Rashi's commentary on the subject and reveal the profound spiritual message contained therein. (Likutei Sichos vol. 31)
The Names of the Tribes on the Ephod
The High Priest's apron-like garment called the "ephod" had gems over the shoulder straps with the names of the twelve tribes engraved in them. The classical sources differ as to the order in which the tribes were named on the jewels. A spiritual interpretation of these opinions is that they describe two kinds of Jewish unity. (Based on Likutei Sichos, vol. 31.)
Building the Mishkan
The order for constructing the sanctuary
We find a discrepancy in the sequence of instructions to build the mishkan. Presented is a mystical understanding of the order of three things G-d conveys to Moses differently from how Moses instructed the people: resting on Shabbat, building the structure, and making the vessels.
Kindling a Fire on Shabbat
Understanding this forbidden labor on five levels
The prohibition on Shabbat to light a flame is explicitly stated in the Torah, different than the other 39 categories of forbidden labor, which are only implicitly derived from the labors performed in the construction of the mishkan. Why does the Torah single out kindling a fire?
The Extraordinary Power of Ketoret
Parshah Curiosities
The most sacred and powerful service in the Holy Temple was the offering of the Ketoret incenses (even transcending the animal sacrifices). Explore the mystical dimension of this exceptional offering of anomic fragrances that have the transformative properties.
Torah Chronology
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Torah Chronology
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on when Moshe gathered the people
In just two words, the Torah illustrates a full chronology of key events in early Jewish history, according to Rashi’s fascinating insight.
Use Your Talents
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Use Your Talents
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the women’s unique weaving talent
Two important lessons for life that Rashi derives from the production of the Mishkan: 1) Use your talents well; 2) Be kind to all.
Do As I Say...
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Do As I Say...
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Moses’s words of instruction
“Here’s what G-d told me to tell you”, Moses says. Rashi highlights an intriguing detail about Moses’ involvement in building the Mishkan-sanctuary in the desert.
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Vayakhel: 7th Portion
Vayakhel – Should Taxes Be Optional?
When paying taxes, few people offer to contribute more than required. However by the construction of the Mishkan, the tabernacle, the Jews donated well beyond what was needed, why?
Holiness and Purity
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Holiness and Purity
Parsha Ki-Tisa
According to Jewish law, one must wash each morning before prayers just like the priests would wash before performing their service in the Holy Temple. What is the difference between washing for holiness and washing for purity? (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 31, p. 184.)
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