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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Vayakhel

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Parsha Summary: Vayakhel

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Moshe exhorts Bnei Yisrael to keep Shabbat, & requests donations for the construction of the Mishkan. He collects gold, silver, precious stones, animal skins & yarn, incense & olive oil for the menorah & for anointing. The princes of each tribe bring the precious stones for the Kohen Gadol's breastplate and ephod.

Hashem appoints Betzalel – who is the ripe old age of 13! - & Oholiav as master craftsmen for building the Mishkan & its vessels. Bnei Yisrael contribute so much that Moshe refuses donations! Special curtains serve as the material for the Mishkan's roof & door. Gold-covered boards set in silver bases form the walls of the Mishkan.

Betzalel makes the Aron Hakodesh which contained the Tablets from wood, covered with gold inside & out. On the ark's cover were two small figures facing each other, wings arching over the ark. The Menora & shulchan with the show-breads were also made of gold. Two altars, for incense & offerings were made.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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