The Portion of Vayakhel

Mar 8, 2015

Photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi

וַיַּקְהֵל מֹשֶׁה אֶת־כָּל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהֹוָה לַעֲשֹׂת אֹתָם׃

Moshe then convoked the whole Israelite community and said to them: These are the things that Hashem has commanded you to do:

Exodus 35:1

וְכָל־הַיְתֵדֹת לַמִּשְׁכָּן וְלֶחָצֵר סָבִיב נְחֹשֶׁת׃

All the pegs of the Mishkan and of the enclosure round about were of copper.

Exodus 38:20

Our portion deals with the fulfillment of the instructions from the last three portions. In it, Moses collects donations from the Children of Israel and with those contributions, the Tabernacle parts are constructed and the structure is ultimately assembled. The reading ends with God descending in all His glory upon the completed Tabernacle.

On years when the portions are read separately, Vayakhel ends with verse 38:20 and contains a description of building the Tabernacle’s constituent parts. Pekudei, beginning 38:21, describes the preparation of the Priests’ clothing, the assembly of the Tabernacle and the manifestation of God’s glory.

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