Pekudei

Exodus 38:21-40:38

To read the full text in English and Hebrew, click here: Exodus 38:21-40:38

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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clouds
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, socialaction.com 
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 

Multimedia

Parashat Pekudei Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies 
Parashat Pekudei Challah
Julie Seltzer
Parashat Pekudei for Families
Torah Topics for Today
A Sacred Moment in Time
Torah Topics for Today






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