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Parashat P'kudei (March 12, 2016)
by Robyn Weinstein Cimbol

FALLING BETWEEN SHABBAT SH’KALIM AND SHABBAT ZACHOR, each possessing an inherent holiness, P’kudei seems mundane by comparison. This last weekly portion of the Book of Exodus, like much of the Book of Leviticus that follows, appears at first to be tedious and irrelevant. Many modern Jews find it difficult to relate to the description of the building of the portable Tabernacle (Mishkan), an anachronistic sacred space, and the ancient priestly rituals. However, looking beyond the seemingly irrelevant details of the materials and construction plans, we see the further evolution of the relationship between God, Moses and the Israelites.

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