Parshah Columnists - Pekudei

Guest Columnists
Don't Wait For the Right Time!
You don't need to be a spiritual professional to be close to G-d.
Relationships Meant to Endure
Parshat Pekudei
Any relationship can be sparked by infatuation, and it’s easy to get caught up in a moment of intense feelings. But for a relationship to endure, one has to relish and savor it, day after day, week after week, etc.
The Cloud
What is the connection between the Jews traveling forward and the establishment of the Tabernacle in the desert? This information would seem to be more appropriate later in the book of Numbers, when it describes in great detail the various travels of the people of Israel during their 40 years in the desert.
Brick by Brick
Parshiyot Vayak’hel-Pekudei
When the Jewish nation was still very, very young, we began setting aside materials for our own marital home. Our wedding was still hundreds of years, and hundreds of miles, away . . .
Wedding Speeches for Pekudei
Torah Insights
Furniture First?
First we build a home, and then we fill it with furniture So why did Moses initially command Betzalel to make the furniture first?
Weekly Sermonette
The Final Exam
It's fascinating to note that somehow the Talmud was able to get wind of the actual questions we will be asked by the supernal tribunal, when we stand before it to give a "full justification and an accounting" for the way we lived our lives
When Leaders Are Held to a Higher Standard
Was Moses really suspected of making a profit on the communal collection?
For Friday Night
One and All
The construction of the sanctuary was a collective effort, completed through the talents of thousands of people. And yet, each individual felt that it was because of his personal contribution that the entire sanctuary was brought to completion
Inner Stream
Learning to Love It
Every teacher strives not only to transmit his lesson but also to spark the student's curiosity, to engender within him a desire to follow the instruction...
An Arresting Question
Which question do we hate to ask ourselves, yet know we must?
Parshah Musings
Contributing to the Cause
Moses blessed the artisans and craftspeople who built the Tabernacle. Did he forget about the donors?
Moses, the lead contractor, was understandably relieved to have finished the job, up to spec, on budget and on time. He could have been forgiven had he taken some time off for R&R but he had one last responsibility to complete before inaugurating the structure: he published a detailed accounting of every single last cent that had been solicited and spent on the project.
One-Hit Wonders
History’s pages are littered with examples of prodigies who blossomed and then faded.
Torah for Now
A Foundation of Love
We all have different levels of ability, opportunity and commitment. Every one of us has strengths and weaknesses. The foundation of the edifice, however, is built of constancy . . .
Reflections on the Parshah
The Sanctuary's Two Names
The Sanctuary is known by two names, each with a distinct connotation essential to understanding the nature of the Sanctuary; as well as the sanctuary we are expected to create in our own lives.
What the Rebbe Taught Me
A Religion of Sensitivity
Long before tree-hugging was in, and before the world went green, there existed an ancient document, the bedrock of a historic people and their law, that advocated these values and more.
A corner of the universe that is utterly, exclusively, one’s own.
Parshah Recovery
Searching and Fearless
The purpose of Step Four's inventory is not only to be able to identify the character defects that we wish to have removed, but also to become aware of our assets.
Covenant & Conversation
On Jewish Character
The common factor was generosity. Jews may not always make the right choices in what they give to, but they give.
Don't Sit: Walk
If we fail to give the body regular exercise, it can easily malfunction and put us at risk of serious illness. The question is: does the same apply to the soul, the spirit, the mind?
If leaders are to bring out the best in those they lead, they must give them the chance to show they are capable of great things, and then they must celebrate their achievements.
Integrity in Public Life
There must be transparency and accountability when it comes to public funds even if the people involved have impeccable reputations.
Living through the Parshah
The Magic Touch
Success is the magic that floods my efforts with satisfaction. But success is never a guarantee, because there are so many variables that play into my ideal outcome.
Beyond Speech
Getting to Know You
I find that life has gotten difficult. I wonder why G‑d has chosen to give me ALS.
On the Haftarah: We Are a Paradox
A Commentary on the Haftarah of Parshat Pekudei
That is our mission, to make this finite world into a home for G‑d, who is infinite.
The Most Is Accomplished in Our Struggles
I could have never imagined the impact I would have in the world, lying in bed, unable to move.
Completing the Redemption: Making a Home for G-d
Parshat Pekudei gives an account of all the donations to the construction of the Mishkan and how they were used.
Life's Passages
Anna’s Story and the Foundation of Our Nation
Each of us can use our unique capabilities and opportunities to be a sanctuary for G‑d’s presence in our world.
What Do You Think?
The Clouds of Glory: What Were They?
When our ancestors traveled in the desert, they were surrounded by a layer of miraculous cloud, which protected, pampered, and provided for them.
Parshah Moment
My Grandma's Selective Memory
She built in America what architects of the land said could not be supported. But then, looking at blueprints, it can be hard to see passion.
Parshah Blog
Kindling Fire on the Sabbath
Given that the air conditioner, the CD player and elevator don't require "work," and certainly weren't considered as "fire kindling" by Moses, why does barring them make any sense today?
Parshah Parenting
Look Out for Those Pegs!
Building your child’s character requires focusing on the “big” issues; but it also means not neglecting the “minor pegs” grounding his values.
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