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4/5 March: Parshat Vayakhel

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In Parshat Vayakhel, the Torah returns to the construction of Israel’s Tabernacle. The Torah repeats the materials used in the building of the Tabernacle and the dimensions of this house of worship.

The Rabbis found an important lesson in this repetition. They believed that it was necessary to repeat this list of materials in order to show that Moses had not misappropriated any materials donated by his people. The Rabbis taught that people in charge of charitable funds or public works must maintain the highest standards.  Temptation affects everyone at some point, so those that work for the community must take extra care to show that everything is accounted for.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

March 1, 2016