Vayakhel: Putting God into a Box

Vayakhel: Putting God into a Box by Rabbi David Hartley Mark (Scene: An open, bare field in the middle of the Israelite Camp, blocked off from the rest of the camp by an elaborate fence, consisting of wooden pillars fitted into brass sockets, ringed and crowned with silver hooks. These hold white linen sheet-curtains, designed […]

Vayakhel-Pekuday by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Could there possibly be an unnecessary parsha/Torah portion? All Vayakhel seems to do is repeat the extensive instructions how to construct the Mishkan, God’s sacred dwelling-place in the wilderness, all of whose details were given earlier, in Parshat Terumah. Why, therefore, repeat? It is because God wanted the Israelites to familiarize themselves with all the accoutrements of the Mishkan, because both God and His people were to rejoice in His having a place to dwell on earth, among His chosen people.

Vayakhel: Building a Sacred Community by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Vayakhel (Shabbat Shekalim) Torah: Exodus 35:1 – 38:20 Haftarah:  II Kings 12:1 – 12:17 How do people bond? I can only look at this from a male point of view. I googled Male Bonding Activities on the Web—you can find everything on the Web—and came up with this site. Men like to fix things, play […]

Torah Talk on 02/17/14 – Exodus 35:1-38:20

This week’s Parsha is Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20) Last reading in the book of Sh’mot (Exodus) Join us as we finish the story of the beginning stages of our journey before moving into the mishmash of the law in Leviticus. study begins at 19:32 on the video

Vayakhel & Building Sacred Community by David Harltey Mark

I don’t bowl; I don’t go to sporting events, or even watch them on TV with a bunch of buddies, dipping Doritos into seven-layer dip while the Dolphins or Heat or Marlins touchdown or dunk or slam it out of the park. I don’t drink, so I don’t nip down to my friendly neighborhood tavern, […]