Tag Archives: Bezalel

Pekudei (Exodus 38:21 – 40:38)

I was wearing a comfy flannel nightgown. As I recall, it was blue, with stripes, a bit of lace, and lots of little flowers. I was in my college dorm, in the hallway. As I headed toward the communal bathroom, … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat Parah (Numbers 19:1-22)

Inching toward spring, hurrying toward Leviticus, though most would prefer the reverse. This week, as the snow melts in Wilmington, we finish reading the book of Exodus with a double portion, Vayak’hel-Pekudei, 214 verses that are largely a rerun of … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1 – 40:38), Shabbat HaChodesh

  There are a lot of details this week.  What strikes me this year is the unity and joy of the people, as they generously and whole-heartedly donate their materials, time, energy, and expertise to building the Tabernacle and making … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Ex. 35:1 – 38:20), Shabbat Shekalim

This week, we have two reasons for a sense of déjà vu.  First, this Sabbath is Shabbat Shekalim, the first of four special Shabbatot before Pesach on which we have an additional reading from a second scroll. This week, we … Continue reading

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Ki Tissa (Ex. 30:11 – 34:35)

Outside, it’s chilly and windy.  But patches of blue sky are getting bigger, and I just had a nice, warm blueberry scone.  So I guess I can get through the final few days of February with reasonable equanimity. The last … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel-Pekudei (Ex. 35:1-40:38 ), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

Ah, yes. That’s better. Most of the white stuff has melted.  We are indeed approaching spring.  And tax return filing.  And Pesach prep.  And I like what I wrote 3 years ago, so I will indulge myself and repeat those … Continue reading

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Vayak’hel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20)

This week, the Israelites build and furnish the Tabernacle, following the explicit instructions we read three weeks ago.  The haftarah, I Kings 7:40-50 (7:13-26 for Sephardim, and no, I don’t know why), similarly deals with the furnishing of Solomon’s Temple.  … Continue reading

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