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Vayak'heil

Vayak'heil

[Moses] Assembled
Exodus
35:1–38:20

Moses then convoked the whole Israelite community and said to them: "These are the things that the Eternal has commanded you to do." - Exodus 35:1

Summary: 
  • Moses teaches the rules of Shabbat. (35:1-3)
  • Moses asks the Israelites for a donation of gifts and those who are skilled help build the Mishkan [Tabernacle] under the direction of Bezalel and Oholiab. (35:4-38:20)

When do we read Vayak'heil?

2017 Mar 25 /27 Adar, 5777
2018 Mar 10 /23 Adar, 5778

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    The next day I got my first glimpse at why people might be excited for the winged creatures when Nicholas showed us what was, perhaps, the most... Continue Reading

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