The Portion of Pekudei

Exodus 38:21-40:38

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 Priests

This 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 Redemption

Just 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 »



Topic 3: Assembly of the Tabernacle

Our portion -- and indeed, the book of Exodus -- ends with the assembly and consecration of the Tabernacle for the first time. God commands Moses to erect the Tabernacle on the first day of the first month, one year from the day He commanded Moses regarding the Exodus itself. God instructs Moses on the… Read More »
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