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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?

2015 Mar 14 /23 Adar I, 5775
2016 Mar 5 /25 Adar I, 5776
2017 Mar 25 /27 Adar I, 5777

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Peter S. Knobel

    At the beginning of Parashat Vayak'heil Moses convokes the entire community and reiterates the commandment on Shabbat observance:

    These are the things that the Eternal has commanded you to do: On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Eternal, whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. You shall kindle no fire throughout your settlements on the sabbath day." (Exodus 35:1-3)

    Then Moses instructs them regarding the building of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle or portable sanctuary), which would accompany them through the wilderness and which presaged the building of the Temple. The Creation of the world and the building of the Mishkan are parallel activities. Through them we see how time and space are both the locus of potential sanctification.

    In The Sabbath1, Abraham Joshua Heschel writes:

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