Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading:

Parshas Vayakhel / Pekudei

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.


1st Aliya: The Parsha begins with the Mitzvah of Shabbos and the penalty for her transgression. Note that Pasuk 35:5 is classic proof of the Oral Law. Those who deny the Oral Law must explain the literal translation of this verse to prohibit having any burning flame on Shabbos. This would forbid the use of lights, heat, and even Shabbos candles! It is the Oral Law which teaches us that the G-d's prohibition was directed at lighting a fire, not having a fire. Moshe asked the Bnai Yisroel to donate the time, talents, and materials for the construction of the Mishkan. The Bnai Yisroel responded with unbridled enthusiasm.

2nd Aliya: Talents and materials were donated and Betzallel and Oholiav were appointed as chief architects and artists. The response to Moshe's appeal was so great that Moshe had to command the people to stop their donations! (see, miracles do happen!) The outer coverings of the Mishkan and the inner tapestries are detailed. The beams of the Mishkan, the Aron Hakodesh, and the Shulchan - Table are described.

3rd & 4th Aliyot: The Menorah and the inner Golden Altar are described. The outer ramped Altar, the Washstand, and the Mishkan's surrounding enclosure are detailed. 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.)

5th & 6th Aliyot: The Kohein Gadol's breastplate and vest are described. The remaining garments of the Kohein Gadol and the other Kohanim are detailed, and Moshe inspects the completed Mishkan. Moshe certifies that the entire project followed the exact details of Hashem's instructions. Moshe blesses the workers.

7th Aliya: 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.


Parsha Summary by Rabbi Aron Tendler

 






ARTICLES ON DEVARIM AND THE THREE WEEKS:

View Complete List

Constantly Challenged
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

A Good Eye
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5763

Don't Flaunt It
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

ArtScroll

How?
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

A Clash of Titans
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5763

Falsehood's Foothold
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

> Why Do We Mourn?
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

By The Rivers of Babylon...
Shlomo Katz - 5759

Flight to Freedom
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

What Causes One to be Appreciative?
Rabbi Yosef Kalatsky - 5763

And So The Journey Continues
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Rebuilding the Temple
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5768

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Getting Our Manners In Order
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5764

Paradise Lost
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

It's Not What You Want - But How You Ask
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Small Allusions
Rabbi Chaim Flom - 5767



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information