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  • Vayakhel-Pekudei 2020

    This week we read two parashot, Vayakhel and Pekudei, to catch up with the Torah reading calendar. Pekudei is the last book in Shemot – the end of a book…

    For Pinner this week, it is, indeed, the end of a book – the book of the Brickmans – with the sad death of Tricia, z”l - and I am dedicating this Dvar Torah to her memory.

    The latter part of Shemot has given a great deal of attention and space to the Mishkan.

  • Vayakhel-Pekudei 2015

    This week it is a busy Shabbat!  It is Shabbat Parah, between Pesach and Purim, marking the start of Pesach preparations, referring to the purification ritual involving a red heifer sacrifice (parah adumah), it is Shabbat Mevorchim commemorating the forthcoming new month; and the double sedra of Vayakhel and Pekudai, ending of the book of Exodus. We are also at the end of a triple ‘rollover’ of Bat Mitzvahs in recent weeks and we should only know simchas!

  • Vayekhel-Pikudei 2012

    Good Shabbos

    I begin with an apology – each time I am graciously given the opportunity to prepare a D’var, I start with the hope that I will be able, somehow, to bring something new to you.   Then, as, through the magic of the Internet and reading what others have written, I realize that the more I learn, the more I know how little I know.  In the end, my D’var tends to consist of cobbling together the words of others with somewhat inadequate interjections of my own.

  • Vayakhel-Pikudei 2012

    These final portions in the Book of Exodus summarise the amazing accomplishments of the Children of Israel in building the Mishkan -- the edifice that would house the Divine presence in this temporal world -- while in the desert. It was a mammoth feat, an act that consumed an entire nation. Men and women, young and old each had a share in this great endeavour. The Torah tells us: “Every man whose heart inspired him came; and everyone whose spirit motivated him brought the portion of Hashem for the work of the Tent of Meeting, for all its labour and for the sacred vestments.

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