Be Clean – 5776

Rabbi Shmuel Elikan Participant in the Selwyn and Ros Smith Manhigut Toranit Program at Eretz Hemdah   Be Clean In Parashat Pekudei, which ends Sefer Shmot, Moshe counts the silver and the copper received as donations to the Mishkan, and we’re given a...

For The Mishkan The Women Gave First

There is one festival in the Jewish calendar that is traditionally regarded as a “Ladies Yom Tov”. This is Rosh Chodesh, the first day of every Hebrew month. Work is not forbidden by the Torah on Rosh Chodesh, nonetheless, many Jewish sources maintain that there is a...

Thinking with Our Intellect and Wanting With Our Inclinations

Parashat Pekudei, the parasha which concludes Sefer Shemot, begins with Moshe’s accounting of the expenses of the Mishkan that he presents to Benei Yisrael, a detailed description of everything that was done with the money.  I assume that we all already know the...

She’Nitmashkein B’Shnei Churbanin – 5769

Rabbi Chagai Raviv Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (2009-2010) Currently Rosh Beit Midrash in Yeshivat Shaarei Mevasseret Tzion   Parshat Pekudei begins with the following pasuk: “These are the accountings of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of the Testimony, which were...

For Honor and For Glory – 5768

Rabbi Dror Brama Former Rosh Kollel in Detroit   Garments of Sanctity Much of Vayakhel and Pekudei – which describe the construction of the Mishkan – pertain to the multiple layers which are used to dress and swathe the Mishkan, the kohanim and the...

A New Old Home – 5765

Every year, as we come to the Torah readings of Vayakhel-Pekudei, we find ourselves faced with the problem of the Torah’s lengthy repetition. The seemingly superfluous detailed description of the building of the Mishkan – reiterating what we read just a few...