Pekudei describes the preparation of the Priests’ clothing, the assembly of the Tabernacle and the manifestation of God’s glory.
Topic 1: Clothing for the PriestsThis section begins with detailing, step-by-step, the creation of Aaron’s garments as High Priest. First the Ephod is made, then the breastplate, then the robe. Three verses quickly tell us about the four garments common to both the High Priest and the ordinary priests -- the tunic, turban, breeches and sash -- then the Torah… Read More »
Topic 2: Haftara - Parshat HaChodesh: The Dream of Soviet Jewry and the Ultimate RedemptionJust before the High Holidays in 1965, Elie Weisel, then a young journalist in Israel, traveled to the Soviet Union to report on the state of Russian Jewry. He wanted to see first hand whether the testimony against the Soviets was accurate. Also, after decades behind the Iron Curtain, Weisel wanted to know “whether their… Read More »