Week Parsha


Parashat Vayakhel & Pekudei

Shabbat Mevarekhim HaHodesh

March 19-25, 2017 – 27 Adar 5777

Annual: Exodus 35:1-40:38 p. 552-572

Triennial: Exodus 35:1-37:16 p. 552-560

Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16 – 46:18 p. 1290-1294


By Vered Hollander-Goldfarb, CY Faculty
We have reached the point of action. After receiving lengthy instructions for building the Mishkan (Tabernacle), it is finally happening.
Note that this is a double Parasha and it brings us to the end of the book of Shmot (Exodus).
1) The instructions to collect materials and invite all who have the “heart wisdom” to build the Mishkan is given to the entire congregation (35:4- 20). Why do you think that the Torah stressed that this announcement was made to the entire congregation?
2) Most materials were brought by “every person” who had it in his/her possession. But one type of material was brought specifically by the Nesi’im, the leaders of the tribes. What was it (35:27)? Why do you think that these stones were brought by the tribal leaders? 28:9-21 or 39:6-14 might help.
3) While all people can participate in donating materials, those with special creative talent are invited to build and create. Who heads the creative construction team (35:30-35)? Women are singled out for their special artistic talent. What field are they experts in (35:25)?
4) When we reach the making of the garments of the Kohanim, a phrase repeats at the end of each section (39:1,5,7,21,26,29,31). What is the phrase? How many times does it appear? Now count how many times this phrase appears in the assembling of the Mishkan (40:20-32). What is the total number? Do any of these numbers have any special significance?
5) When Moshe and the people had done their share to create the Mishkan (literally: ‘dwelling place’) the cloud covers the Mishkan (40:33- 38). What does the cloud signify? What was the message that Bnei Yisrael (the children of Israel) might understand from this?

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