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  • Vayakhel 5774

    The brief opening section of the Sidra narrates how Moses assembled the entire nation, men and women, in order to organise the raising of funds for the construction of the Tabernacle. He also told them that the construction of the Tabernacle would not override observing the Shabbat.

    The assembly took place on the day after the first Yom Kippur in our history. Moses had just descended from Mount Sinai, for the third time, holding, in his hands, the second set of two tablets of the covenant.  

  • Vayakhel 2014

    This week's Torah portion begins with a few verses about Shabbat, and then the entire remainder deals with the building of the Tabernacle. From this juxtaposition, the Sages derive that one cannot build the Tabernacle on Shabbat. One might think that since the Tabernacle is a means through which an individual attains a deeper relationship with God, the building of it overrides Shabbat. But this is not so. Why?

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    Where to start?  At first, this seemed a very unpromising Parsha –the preparation of the Mishkan (Sanctuary) has already been dealt with at length in Parshiot Teruma and Tetzaveh.   After all the drama of Ki Tissa – the golden calf, the broken tablets, the killing of the three thousand and HaShem proclaiming his 13 attributes1 at first glance there seems to be little to talk about.

  • Vayakhel 2008

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    Last Rosh Hoshanah Rabbi Grunewald as usual gave a SERMON! He talked about the importance of religious FAITH to our WELL-BEING and referred to some of the social problems we face. He mentioned:-

    * Failed relationships

    * Juvenile misbehaviour

    *  Increased drunkenness

    *  Violence

    *  Family discord  and

    *  the Despair many people feel.

    His theme was that Judaism's teachings provided a basis for avoiding these social pitfalls.                     

     

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