Parasha – Vayakhel: Shemot (Exodus) 35:1-38:20
Historical Context: Bnei Israel's 40-year journey continues. Location: Against Har Sinai (Mount Sinai). Creation Time: 2449 (approx. 1475 bce).
Parashort: Moshe Rabbeynu exhorts the Benei Yisrael to keep Shabbat and requests donations for the materials for the construction of the Mishkan (tent of meeting). He collects gold, silver, precious stones, animal skins and yarn, as well as incense and olive oil for the Menorah and for anointing. The Princes of each of the twelve tribes bring the precious stones for the Kohen Gadol's breastplate and Ephod. HaShem appoints Betsalel and Oholi’av as the master craftsmen for the building of the Mishkan and its vessels. (Ohr Somayach)
Maftir: This week's Torah reading also includes Parshat Sh’qalim
(Exodus 30:11-16), which speaks of the half-shekel each Jew contributed to the Sanctuary.
Haftarat Sh’qalim – Kings II 11:17-12:17
Haftit: This week is the first of the four special Haftarot that we
read during the Hebrew months of Adar and Nissan. The names of these special Haftarot are: Shekalim or Shekels, Zachor-
Remember, Para – Heifer, and Parashat Hahodesh –The Month.
Parashat Shekalim is found at the beginning of Torah portion of
Parashat Ki Tisa. It teaches that the Jews were commanded to
donate coins valued at half a shekel to the Holy Temple. This
mitzvah – commandment, was performed annually for as long as
Bait Hamikdash stood. Beginning with the new moon of the month of Nissan every male over the age of twenty had to prepare his share. The reason for this donation was threefold: 1) it was used as a means of taking a census. 2) It was an affordable tax that unified all Jews in a concerted effort. 3) The funds were used to maintain the Bait Hamikdash. Similarly, in the Haftarah, King Yehoash utilizes the half shekalim collected, to fund repairs to the Bait Hamikdash. (haftorahman)
Biblical Quiz - Vayakhel
Kids: Who Built The first Jewish Temple, Beth haMikdash?
Youth: What is the meaning of his name?
Adults: How old was he when he was crowned?
Experts: What was his yearly income in today’s dollars?
Speechless in the Parasha - Vayakhel
In the fourth, fifth, and sixth aliyot, the word ahat” and “ehat” appear many times, but either way means “one” (feminine).
How many time did the ba’al kore missed the proper reading.
A Parent Question
Your child didn’t call you timely, as was agreed. Your phone calls and attempts contacting your child are not successful. You are beyond worried. An hour later, your child calls. What is the first thing that you say? What is the second thing?
A Story - of helping
In a land far away, once upon a time there was great poverty and only a few rich people could have managed to prevail the difficulties of life and to succeed. Three of those rich men, and their servants, were traveling on the same road, in a convoy, when they came to a very poor village. Seeing the poor villagers triggered different reactions in the three rich men.
The first rich man, seeing the desperate living conditions in the village stopped immediately and gave the villagers all his food and drinks making sure that each villager received their fair share and would have enough food to revive their souls and spirit. Then, the rich man farewelled the smiling villagers and left.
The second rich man realized that food would be of help to the villagers only for a short time. So he took all the money and gold from his wagons and shared them out equally among the villagers. With the money, he said, they could buy some goods from the nearby city and will be able to be well for some time. Then, the rich man wished the happy villagers the best of luck, and left.
The third rich man, on seeing such poverty, speeded up and traveled straight through the village without stopping. The two other rich men saw this from a distance, and commented with each other how the third rich man lacked decency and compassion. It was good that they had been there to help the poor villagers…
Three days later, they met the third rich man who was traveling in the opposite direction, back towards the village. He was still traveling quickly, but his wagons, instead of the gold and valuables they were carrying, were now full of farming implements, tools, and sacks of seeds and grains. He was heading to the poor village to help them out to win poverty for ever.
At perigee — its closest approach — the moon comes as close as 225,623 miles (363,104 kilometers). At apogee — the farthest away it gets — the moon is 252,088 miles (405,696 km) from Earth. On average, the distance from Earth to the moon is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km).
Apollo missions took about three days to reach the moon. But the quickest trip to the moon was the New Horizons probe, which zipped past the moon in just 8 hours 35 minutes on its way to Pluto. However, the spacecraft didn't even slow down or approach lunar orbit. At 55 miles per hour and with no sleep, it would take about 180 full 24-hour days to travel to the moon with a car.
In the Good News
- Bloomberg’s 2019 Healthiest Country Index ranked Israel as the world’s 10th healthiest nation, after Spain, Italy, Iceland, Japan, Switzerland, Sweden, Australia, Singapur, and Norway. Canada was ranked 16th, the USA 35th, and Mexico got the 53rd place.
- Of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world, 1,000 has already been extinct, and according to the UN another 2,500 are in danger of extinction. The main reason is demographic extinction, mainly in Europe, but also in Africa and the Middle East. But which language is on the rise, with 11 million speakers and growing? Hebrew, the magic language, which was recently strengthened with the Basic Law: Israel, the nation-state of the Jewish people. Let’s work on 15 millions Hebrew speakers by 2030. It’s not in the Heavens.