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Parashat Vayak'heil (Marc 5, 2016)
by Rabbinic Intern Toba Schaller

IN THIS WEEK’S PARASHAH, we read an incredibly detailed description of the Israelites building of the Mishkan. Most of these details we are seeing for the second time in just a few weeks. Some of them we will hear three times before the Mishkan finally is built and Torah moves on. All in all, Torah devotes 13 chapters to telling us exactly from what the Mishkan was made and how it was built. We read God’s instructions, we read as the Israelites follow those instructions, and then we read about the outcome. For a text usually known for brevity, Torah certainly focuses a great deal on the details of this sanctuary for God’s presence.

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