‘THE TABERNACLE in the Wilderness,’ an illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The Torah portions of Vayakhel and Pekudei are usually read on the same Shabbat. They describe in detail the work of constructing the Tabernacle – the temporary temple that accompanied the Children of Israel for about 500 years until the establishment of the Temple in its permanent place in Jerusalem.This work was described already in portions we read recently – Truma and Tetzaveh – which give detailed instructions regarding the materials needed to build the Tabernacle, the exact measurements of the Tabernacle and its ritual objects, what the kohanim’s clothing are to look like, etc. Actually, this week we repeat these instructions, but not as descriptions of the instructions, but of their practical implementation and execution. Again, we read about the materials used for the Tabernacle and its vessels, the measurements, the kohanim’s clothing, and many other details involved in executing the specific instructions that were given.