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Parashat Vayak’heil/P’kudei (March 10, 2018)
by Bettijane Eisenpreis

“MOSES BLESSED THEM.” Wait a minute! I thought only God had the power to bless human beings. I know the Children of Israel have just finished building the Tabernacle, which will house the Ark of the Covenant and accompany the people throughout their 40 years in the desert. I could understand if it said, “Moses called down God’s blessing upon them.” But Moses blessed them himself! Where does he get the authority to do that?

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