Exodus 35:1-38:20

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

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In this Torah portion, God commands the Israelites not to do any work in the Sanctuary on Shabbat. The Israelites gather gifts for God. They gather so many that they are restrained from searching for more. Moses says that Ohaliab and Bezalel, who are filled with the spirit of God, should take the gifts of the Israelites and build God’s Sanctuary.

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gold gifts
The Israelites brought God gifts of gold.

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