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Shabbat 14 March 2015 – Parasha Vayakhel-Pikudei

Shabbat comes in at 5.47pm & goes out at 6.50pm

At Mosaic Reform we’re delighted to welcome to our service The Worshipful The Mayor of Harrow, Cllr Ajay Maru, and the Aldermen & Councillors of the London Borough of Harrow.  

In Parshat Vayakhel, the Torah returns to the corabbipaulsmlnstruction of the Mishkan or Tabernacle. According to a Midrash the commandment to build the Tabernacle was given to Moses only after Israel has worshipped the golden calf. The Sages explained that the Tabernacle was given because of human frailty – God recognised the fact that the people could not worship Him without a concrete symbol of His existence. In other words, without the Mishkan symbol, people would build a golden calf. It’s almost like there is a vacuum for our spiritual attention — it must be filled, so God allows for the Mishkan. It is just a symbol of God’s presence on earth.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Paul Arberman

March 12, 2015