Search and the other Reform websites:




[Moses] Assembled

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

  • 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?

2016 Mar 5 /25 Adar I, 5776
2017 Mar 25 /27 Adar, 5777
2018 Mar 10 /23 Adar, 5778


  • By Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus

    This week, we read the double portion, Vayak'heil/P'kudei. In Parashat P'kudei, the last section of the Book of Exodus, there is a rather tedious repetition of the inventory of all the equipment used in the building and decorating of the Tabernacle, the place of worship for the Israelites during their sojourn in the wilderness after they left Egypt. It begins: Eileh f’kudei haMishkan, “These are the records of the Tabernacle . . .” (Exodus 38:21). Then follows a detailed list of the materials: how much gold and silver and copper was used, and what each was used for; the kinds of fabrics and their specific functions; all the vestments of the priests and the breastplate; every utensil and vessel, and their purposes. These lists are punctuated with phrases like “as the Eternal commanded Moses” (for example, 39:1) and “the Israelites did so; just as the Eternal had commanded Moses, so they did” (39:32).

For youth and families

Torah for Tots

Introduce young children to the lessons we can learn from Torah each week. These guides feature questions and ideas for both parents and children.

Torah for Tweens

Bring each week’s Torah portion alive for 6-12 year old children at the Shabbat table with these handy guides, including suggested questions to inspire conversation.

Torah for Teens

Torah commentary, Jewish learning, questions, and practical suggestions to help teens relate Torah to their daily lives.

Torah Signup