Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section
is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person
"goes up" to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.
Pekudei begins with an accounting of the materials used in the
construction of the Mishkan. (gold = 4,386.5 lb./ silver = 15,088.75 lb./
copper = 10,620 lb.)
2nd & 3rd Aliyot
The Kohein Gadol's [High Priest] breastplate and vest are
described. The remaining garments of the Kohein Gadol and the other Kohanim
[Priests] are detailed.
Moshe inspects the completed Mishkan. Moshe certifies that the
entire project followed the exact details of Hashem's instructions. Moshe
blesses the workers.
5th, 6th & 7th Aliyot
On the 1st day of Nissan, 2449, the Mishkan was
assembled. After every vessel was properly in place, the presence of Hashem,
the Shechina, descended in a cloud and filled the Mishkan.