Exodus 38:21-40:38

Commentary on Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Exodus 35:1 - 40:38

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In this Torah portion, Aaron and the priests are given their clothing for work in the Sanctuary. This marks the completion of the Tabernacle construction. Moses anoints Aaron and his sons to make their priestly positions official. A cloud descends upon the Tent of Meeting and God’s presence fills the Tabernacle.


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A cloud descended on the Tent of Meeting

Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Experiencing God In The Dark And The Light
Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, Union for Reform Judaism


Team Effort
Carol Towarnicky, AJWS

  Keeping Accounts
Gilah Langner,


God is in the Details
Rabbi Eliezer Shore, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

If It’s Broken, Why Keep It?
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity


Standing In The Shadow Of God
Rabbi Avi Weinstein, Hillel


Good Governance
Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Jewish Theological Seminary


The Role Of The Tabernacle
Rabbi Irwin Kula, CLAL


Avoiding Deification in Creating the Mishkan
Rabbi Noa Kushner, Women of Reform Judaism



Parashat Pekudei Quiz
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Parashat Pekudei Challah
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