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This week's 10-Minute Torah (February 26, 2022): "Parashat Vayekhel" 5782

Parashat Vayakhel 5782 / פָּרָשַׁת וַיַּקְהֵל

Read on 26 February 2022 / 25 Adar I 5782.

Parashat Vayakhel is the 22nd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Torah Portion: Exodus 35:1-38:20

Vayakhel (“He Assembled”) opens as God commands the Israelites to observe the Sabbath. Moses asks for material donations for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the people donate. A group of artisans designated by God begin building the Mishkan and its vessels. [1]

Triennial year 3

1: 36:20-30 · 11 p’sukim ·

2: 36:31-38 · 8 p’sukim ·

3: 37:1-16 · 16 p’sukim ·

4: 37:17-24 · 8 p’sukim ·

5: 37:25-29 · 5 p’sukim ·

6: 38:1-8 · 8 p’sukim ·

7: 38:9-20 · 12 p’sukim ·

maf: 30:11-16 · 6 p’sukim · ☞ Shabbat Shekalim ☜

Haftarah for Ashkenazim: II Kings 12:1-17 · 17 p’sukim ☞ Shabbat Shekalim ☜

Haftarah for Sephardim: I Kings 7:13-26 · 14 p’sukim

Whereas previous portions had given us Hashem’s commands and instructions to build the Mishkan or Tabernacle, here we see that those directions are carried out. The Etz Haim Humash discusses the word adanim for sockets. It notes that according to Menahem Nahum of Chernobyl, this word is similar to the word we use for Hashem or Adonai. Just as the sockets connect the upper and lower parts of the boards together, so does the Shehinah hold the upper (spiritual) and lower (material) realms together.

the Israelites were generous in giving donations to use as materials to build the Tabernacle. They willingly gave their precious metal trinkets and jewelry to be used. In fact, they gave to the point that there was so much that Moses had tell them to stop, that there was enough! This is in contrast to the people donating to the building of the Golden Calf. Consider that the people thus repented their inappropriate actions with the idol by giving to the correct structure to honor Hashem.

Shabbat Shekalim 2022 / שַׁבָּת שְׁקָלִים 5782

Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar 🕍

Shabbat Shekalim for Hebrew Year 5782 begins at sundown on Friday, 25 February 2022 and ends at nightfall on Saturday, 26 February 2022. This corresponds to Parashat Vayakhel.

Shabbat Shekalim ("Sabbath [of] shekels" שבת שקלים) read in preparation for Purim, requests each adult male Jew contribute half of a Biblical shekel for the upkeep of the Tent of Meeting. The Torah portion Exodus 30:11-16 is read. This Shabbat takes place on the Shabbat before the 1st of the Hebrew calendar month of Adar, or on the 1st of Adar itself if it falls on Shabbat. In leap years on the Hebrew calendar, when there are two months of Adar, Shabbat Shekalim is on the Shabbat before the 1st of Adar II (or on the 1st of Adar II itself if it is Shabbat).

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