Daily Chumash Sunday Vayakhel: Moshe commands Bnei Yisrael regarding the Mishkan


Parshas Vayakhel

Pesukim: 122 [Siman: סנואה]

Haftorah:[1] Melachim 1 7:13-26


  Number of Mitzvos: There is One Mitzvah in Parshas Vayakhel. Zero positive commands and One negative command.   Negative commands: 1. Mitzvah 114/Negative 67: Not to adjudicate capital punishments on Shabbos.  



  1. Keeping Shabbos:
  • Moshe gathered the entire Jewish people and told them that Hashem commanded as follows: For six days a week you shall perform work and on the seventh day it shall be a complete day of rest for Hashem. Whoever does Melacha shall be put to death. You shall not light a fire in all your dwelling places on Shabbos.

  1. Moshe commands Bnei Yisrael regarding the Mishkan:
  • The materials needed: Moshe told the Jewish people saying that Hashem commanded them the following: Every person of generous heart is to give a donation. The following donations are needed:
    • Gold,
    • Silver,
    • Copper,
    • Techeiles Turquoise wool,
    • Argamon Purple wool,
    • Scarlet wool,
    • Linen,
    • Goat hair,
    • Red dyed ram skins,
    • Tachash skins,
    • Shittim-Acacia wood.
    • Oil for lighting
    • Spices for the anointing oil and Ketores incense.
    • Shoham stones
    • Filling stones for the Eiphod and Choshen.

  • The items needed to be made: Every skilled individual is to come and make everything that Hashem commanded, which includes the following items:
    • The Mishkan: The Mishkan, its tent covering, and its accessories which include its hooks, beams, bars, pillars and sockets.
    • Aron: The Aron and its accessories which include its poles and covering.
    • The Shulchan: The Shulchan, its poles, and all of its accessories, including the Lechem Hapanim.
    • The Menorah: The Menorah and its accessories, including its lamps and oil.
    • The Ketores altar: The Ketores altar, its poles, anointing oil, Ketores, and entrance screen.
    • The Olah altar: The Olah altar, its copper netting, its poles, and all of its accessories.
    • Kiyor: The Kiyor, and its accessories.
    • The courtyard: The curtains of the courtyard, its pillars, sockets and the entrance screen. The pegs of the Mishkan and courtyard and their cords.
    • The priestly garments.
  • After hearing the above commands, the Jewish people left Moshe’s presence.

[1] So is followed by Sepharadi communities and Chabad. However, Ashkenazi communities read from 7:40-50

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