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Exodus 35:1–40:38
The tenth section of the Book of Exodus opens as Moses comes down from Mount Sinai for the third and final time and immediately assembles (Vayakheil, in Hebrew) the Jewish people. Moses informed them that G-d had forgiven them for the sin of the Golden Ca...
"ויקהל משה את כל עדת בני ישראל" “And Moshe assembled the entire Israelite community.” (35:1) QUESTION: What message does Parshat Vayakheil impart to every Jew? ANSWER: Generally, the parshiyot Vayakheil and Pekudei are read together. Vayakheil, “And you s...
Building your child’s character requires focusing on the “big” issues; but it also means not neglecting the “minor pegs” grounding his values.
With regard to the construction of the Mishkan as described in Vayakhel , Rashi notes:.Shmos 35:2. “I have already explained the gifts that were given for the [construction of the] Mishkan and the [actual manner of its] construction in the place [i.e., th...
The book of Shmos concludes with the words “in all their journeys.” The theme of the book is the story of how, as the Midrash says:Bereishis Rabbah 3:5. “the Jewish people departed from darkness to light.” It stands to reason that the theme of Shmos shoul...
An Essay On Parshat Vayakhel
Even someone with a thorough knowledge of the laws of Shabbat must grapple with the complicated question of what exactly is considered work by the Torah’s definition.
An Essay On Parshat Pekudei
Why was the Tabernacle erected in the wilderness, a seemingly inopportune time and setting for such an endeavor?
1. With great alacrity the people donated all that was needed to construct the Mishkan. Betzalel and his craftsmen made everything according to Hashem’s instruction, and afterwards they brought all the components to Moshe. The Torah relates that Moshe saw...
In the previous Parshiot we learned about the appeal that was made to raise material needed for the making of the Mishkan — tabernacle, and bigdei kehunah — priestly garments. Now in Vayakhel we read about the head architect, Betzalel, and the vessels he ...
Each of us can use our unique capabilities and opportunities to be a sanctuary for G‑d’s presence in our world.
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