Vayak'heil - P'kudei

וַיַּקְהֵ - פְקוּדֵי
[Moses] Assembled / [The] Records [of the Tabernacle]

Exodus 35:1–40:38

When Is Vayak'heil - P'kudei Read?

/ 29 Adar 5781
/ 25 Adar 5783


  • Moses teaches the rules of Shabbat. (35:1-3)
  • Moses asks the Israelites for a donation of gifts and those who are skilled help build the Mishkan [Tabernacle] under the direction of Bezalel and Oholiab. (35:4-38:20)
  • A statistical summary of the materials used for the Tabernacle and an account of producing the priestly vestments are recorded. Moses blesses the Israelites for the work they did. (38:21-39:42)
  • Upon God's instruction, Moses sets up the Mishkan and the priests are anointed and consecrated. (40:1-33)
  • A description is given of a cloud that covers the Mishkan by day and a fire that burns by night, indicating God's Presence therein. (40:33-38)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Vayak'heil - P'kudei Commentary

Public Officials Need To Be Honest and Appear Honest

By: Rabbi Stephanie M. Alexander

Every now and then, we want to say to the ancient sages, “We owe you one.” This week, when we read the double portion, Vayak’heil/P’kudei, feels like one of those times.

The Hebrew calendar allows festivals and their special Torah readings to fall on Shabbat; adds a leap month at predictable...

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