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Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Among the Mishkan’s utensils is a washstand made of copper mirrors (38:8). Why would a symbol of vanity become an integral part of the Mishkan’s furniture? Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky proposes that...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 6th Aliyah

The Torah tells us that the knobs and the branches of the Menorah should all be made from one piece of gold (37:22). However, Rav Hirsch points out that the word “ְקנֹתָם ּו ” (and their stems)...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 5th Aliyah

The Torah describes the two Keruvim on either end of the Aron cover as being made from one piece of gold facing each other (37:8). The word used to characterize each end, קצוותו, is spelled with an...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 4th Aliyah

The Torah meticulously describes the building of the Mishkan ceiling: It is crafted from ten individual curtains, the curtains are assembled into two sets of five curtains, corresponding blue woolen...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 3rd Aliyah

After the disappointing event of the Golden Calf, Parashas Vayakhel recounts some of the Jews’ positive traits, including their eagerness to contribute materials needed to erect the Mishkan. The...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 2nd Aliyah

As the nation transforms into a giving people, the materials needed to complete the Mishkan are so generously donated that Moshe must tell the people to stop contributing (36:6). The Nesiim (tribal...

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 7th Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Vayakhel 1st Aliyah

Parashas Vayakhel tells of Moshe gathering the entire Jewish community and begins with instructions for not working on Shabbos (35:1–2). The very next pasuk strangely specifies that fire should not...