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Vayakhel – Pekudei 5772 A wise heart

March 16, 2012
Vayakhel – Pekudei 5772   A wise heart

What is a wise heart, and why is it a good thing to have? This week’s Torah reading, Vayakhel – Pekudei, includes a lot of instructions for the construction of the tabernacle and its accessories.  The craftsmen are also prominently featured.  In Exodus 36:1, the Torah says “And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and...
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Vayakhel 5770: Skiing on Shabbat?

March 12, 2010
Vayakhel 5770: Skiing on Shabbat?

Two weeks ago I found myself in Breckenridge, Colorado for the weekend.  My brother's family rented a ski condo, so we had a "mini family reunion" on the ski slopes.  For the first time I was presented with skiing on Shabbat as a practical question, not just a theoretical question. After thinking about it,...
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Vayakhel 5765 — Siyum HaShas

February 20, 2005

 Over three thousand years ago, there was a gathering of the Jewish people to study Torah. This week’s Torah portion, Vayakhel, opens with the words: “And Moses gathered all the congregation of the people of Israel together and said to them, These are the words which the Lord has commanded, that you should do them.”...
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Vayakhel 5763 — The Power of “Gathering”

February 3, 2003

 1. And Moses gathered all the congregation of the people of Israel together, and said to them, These are the words which the Lord has commanded, that you should do them. 2. Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you a holy day, a sabbath of...
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