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Parashat Vayakhel

פרשת ויקהל

Ex. 35:1-38:20 | 1Kgs. 7:40-50

After reiterating the mitzvah of Sabbath observance, Moshe gives the people instructions for building the Tabernacle. Donations for him are plentiful; Moshe tells the people that enough is enough. The fabrication of all the internal and external details of the Tabernacle takes place.



Vayakhel 5784

Parashat Vayakhel begins by enumerating the mitzvot regarding the observance of Shabbat, but its main focus is actually the construction of the Mishkan. Why this strange leap from one topic to another? It is from this portion that we learn the laws of Shabbat. Our sages teach us that since these newly mentioned things appear together, it means that the activities we are forbidden to do on Shabbat are the tasks that were necessary for the construction of the Mishkan. The tasks necessary for the construction of the Mishkan are the 39 "melachot," tasks that are prohibited for us to perform during Shabbat.

Vayakhel 5783

This week's parashiot seem, at first glance, to be of no importance. They are sections that, depending on the year, are read together or separately when the year is a leap vear and we have the added month of Adar II, or Adar Beth. Even someone could consider that the reading of this Shabbat repeats concepts already seen in previous parshiot about the construction of the Mishkan.

Vayakhel 5782

How many sections of the Torah can we continue to read that deal with the subject of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle? How can it be that they continue to describe and ask and go around about how it should be built, what needs to be contributed, and who is in charge of carrying out all the work or directing it?

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