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Noam’s Hands
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In Judaism, the morning begins with netilat yadayim, pouring water on the hands with a cup. The source of this practice is the ancient practice of the Kohanim in the temple, who daily sanctified their hands and feet. In the temple this practice was part of a reenactment of the process of dedicating the Kohanim, […]
Mirrors of Love
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The Torah in Parshat Vayakhel, which describes the making of the Mishkan, goes out of its way to emphasize the role women played in it: The men accompanied the women, and those who wanted to make a donation brought bracelets, earrings, finger rings, and body ornaments, all made of gold. (35: 22) Every skilled woman […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Vayakhel-Pikudei
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We were walking down the long airport corridor on the way to the boarding gate. Somehow, it seems that whenever my wife and I have a flight to catch, anywhere, our gate is always at the furthest end of the long hall. We had plenty of time until the airplane departed, but somehow I experience an urgent need to rush whenever I am in an airport, and so we were in a hurry.
Parshat Vayakhel: Contributions for the Mishcan
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“Every man whose heart lifted him came forward. And every person whose heart moved him brought the offering of Hashem for the creating of the Ohel Moed, all of its components and the sacred garments.” (Shemot 35:21) Hashem commanded Bnai Yisrael to build a Mishcan – a Tabernacle. The Mishcan was constructed from materials provided […]
Parshat Vayakhel/Pekudei: The Sanctuary
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“And Hashem spoke to Moshe, saying: On the first day of the first month you shall erect Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting.” (Shemot 40:1-2) Bnai Yisrael were commanded to construct a sanctuary that would accompany them in the wilderness. The Chumash provides a detailed description of this sanctuary and its contents. In the above passage, […]