God met the Israelites' need to relate to God on their own terms — we must do the same.
The messages of hope and togetherness in Vayakhel and Pekudei prepare us for Passover.
The mirrors used to create the basin in the Tabernacle teach us that sanctified sexuality means seeing ourselves in relation to others.
The clothing of our religious leaders communicates our perceptions of our relationships to God and each other.
The image of Israelites, whose hearts moved them, donating gifts to the Tabernacle, inspires us to consider the meaning of having a heart that is moved.
The Israelites bring so many materials for the construction of the Tabernacle that Moses tells them to stop; Bezalel and Oholiab, gifted craftspeople, construct the elements of the Tabernacle.
Our tables, symbolic altars, become tools in our quest for sacredness when we share them with the poor and marginalized.
The connections between building the Tabernacle and Yom Kippur reminds us that all aspects of our spirituality are connected.
Holiness is not limited to one sphere.