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Category: Vayakhel

Details Give Us Equal Access to the Divine

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 21, 2016

No less than seven portions are dedicated to the building of the Tabernacle and the sacrificial service offered there. One wonders why so much detail? This is especially troublesome when compared to the dearth of Biblical verses dealing with arguably, more relevant subjects such as Jewish ritual and Jewish ethical principles. My dear friend, Rabbi Continue Reading »

The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on March 3, 2016

After the dramatic and potentially catastrophic events of the Golden Calf and the breaking of the Tablets, God’s wrath and Moshe’s prayer, God’s revelation of God’s Glory to Moshe, the re-giving of the Tablets, and the rays of light emanating from Moshe’s face, parashat Vayakhel returns to the disrupted narrative stream: the commanding and the building Continue Reading »

Pop Quiz: What’s Holier – Shabbat or the Beit haMikdash?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on February 21, 2014

Before entering into extensive detail about the making of the Mishkan, this week’s parasha opens with the mitzvah of Shabbat: And Moshe gathered all the congregation of the children of Israel together, and said unto them, these are the words which the Lord has commanded, that you should do them. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh Continue Reading »

Blinded by the Light

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on March 12, 2010

Parshat Vayekhel-Pikudei opens with the second story of the Mishkan. After having been commanded by God in the building of the Mishkan in Terumah-TiZaveh, Moshe now, in turn, commands the people to build the Mishkan. They follow his command with enthusiasm, give large donations, and build the Mishkan. The parasha, and the Book of Shemot, Continue Reading »