Tagged ‘Vayakhel’

Parashat Vayakhel-Shekalim

March 3, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

What Is Our Present Day Poll Tax? A Dvar Torah for Shekalim by Rabbi Len Levin “When you take a census of the Israelite people, each shall pay the Lord a ransom for himself on being enrolled — a half … Continue reading »


Parashat Va-Yakhel-Pekudei

March 11, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

All Together, One at a Time by Hazzan Marcia Lane The two final parshiyot, Va-yakhel (“he assembled”) and Pekudei (“accounting”), of the book of Exodus are frequently read together. This is due to the vagaries of the Jewish calendar and … Continue reading »



February 16, 2014 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Prayer, Shabbat and Halakha: The Portable Mishkan A Dvar Torah for VaYakhel In his essay “Halakha and Agada” the modern Hebrew poet Hayyim Nachman Bialik compares the structure of Jewish observance to a cathedral. “Halakha is a creative process. It … Continue reading »


Parashat Va-Yakhel-Pekudei Parashat Ha-Hodesh

March 8, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi Len Levin Sacred Space and Sacred Time: This week we take out two Sifrei Torah. In the first we complete the book of Exodus, especially the long sequence of Chapters 25-40 which is devoted to the construction of … Continue reading »


Parashat Va-Yakhel

February 24, 2011 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, News, Shmot

By Dr. Diane Sharon In Parashat Va-Yakhel, Moses gathers the entire community of Israel together, and repeats to them all the plans for the holy Tabernacle that will be God’s dwelling place during the wilderness passage from Sinai to Canaan. … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

March 11, 2010 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

By Julius Rabinowitz This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, begins with a familiar litany that I will paraphrase: six days you may work, but on the seventh day you are forbidden to do work. We’ve heard this many times already, and … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

March 18, 2007 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

By Julius Rabinowitz As we go through our daily routines, the concept of ‘giving’ enters our thoughts and, it is hoped, our actions. Often times this concept manifests itself through obligatory or routine giving. Perhaps it arises in the course … Continue reading »



May 4, 2006 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

By Suri Krieger So, it seems that God has appointed me, Betzalel, to be master craftsman of the Mishkan, the holy sanctuary! Oh my God, how daunting! May I be worthy of the task. The Task’let’s see here, what specs … Continue reading »