Vayakhel Pekudei

“Parsha and Purpose” – Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780

“Parsha and Purpose” – Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780
Rabbi Kenneth Brander’s weekly insights into the parsha 

“Kindness as an Antidote to Isolation”

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Kindness as an Antidote to Isolation: Parshat Vayakhel-Pekudei

I’m recording this on the Sunday of the week when we read the parsha of Vayakhel-Pekudei, a parsha that many of us may not be able to hear, for all the right halakhic reasons, because it’s forbidden for us to go to shul.

This is a trying time for all of us, throughout the world community, and the parsha has a message for us, and that is, that we need to be “kindness commandos.”

Vayakhel. The parsha starts off by saying that Moshe gathered the people. He gathered the people to announce the building of the Mishkan, a conduit for a conversation, an interaction with God.

This week, we cannot gather as a community. We are challenged by the health risks that face us. We cannot be together as a community, but we can still act as a community.

For every single person whose hand we can’t shake, we can reach out with a phone call. For every single person whom we may not be able to hug, we can engage in a different way. When we go to the store to buy food for ourselves, let’s ask ourselves: is there someone else who needs a little extra?

Imagine the message that we give to our children, a message that will be much more profound than anything they can learn in school, if we show them that social distancing doesn’t mean that we ignore the other.

This is the time for Vayakhel. This is the time for us to come together and honor the message of the parsha. Maybe we cannot come together physically, but spiritually we can connect. This is a time for us to get to know ourselves better. It’s a time for us to get to know our families better. It’s a time of Vayakhel. It’s a time to come together.

Let’s be “kindness commandos,” to ourselves, and be healthy, to our families, to our children and grandchildren, to our spouses, to the larger world society. Let’s remember, that even though we can’t hug somebody and we can’t shake their hand, we can still show that we care.

Shabbat Shalom.

“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayikra 5778

Parshat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And (God) called to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting, saying, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them, anyone who brings a sacrifice to the Lord, from the animals, from the cattle and from the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778

Parshat Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “He made the copper washbasin and its copper base out of the mirrors of the service women who congregated to serve at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting” . The Sanctuary and all of its furnishings are described in exquisite detail in …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778

Vayak’hel / Pekudei 5778 (Exodus 35:1 – 40:38) Rabbi David Stav In its description of the Israelites’ fundraising drive to supply the Tabernacle (Mishkan) with gold and silver for its vessels, the Torah specifies that Moses counted all of the contributions and calculated the sums so that no one would, God forbid, complain about a lack …

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אישה ופרשה: ויקהל-פקודי תשע”ז

  יוצרים קהילה פרשת ויקהל מביאה עמה רגע מיוחד בו בני ישראל מתחילים את תהליך הפיכתם מקהל של אינדיבידואלים לקהילה שהינה ישות אחת הילה סמו מדור פרשת השבוע של אתר כיפה, כ”ח אדר תשע”ז, 26/03/2017 פרשתנו מסופר על התרומה שנותנים בני ישראל לצורך בניית המשכן ועל האופן הממשי בו נבנה המשכן, כולל מתן ציווים מדוקדקים …

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אור תורה: פרשת ויקהל-פקודי

לאן הולכים קולות המצביעים? הרב בועז פש   מדוע ביקש גבאי הצדקה של הישיבה סוס וכרכרה וכיצד זה עשוי להשפיע על ההצבעה שלכם ביום הבחירות? מדור פרשת השבוע של אתר כיפה, כ אדר תשע”ה, 11/03/2015 בעוד מספר ימים נלך כולנו לבחור את נציגנו שיישבו ב’משכן’ הכנסת. בפרשתנו התורה מסיימת לתאר את בניית ‘מִשְׁכַּן הָעֵדוּת’ – “עֵדוּת …

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