23 02, 2014

Pekudei – What is a rabbi?

By |2014-02-23T07:49:16-07:00February 23rd, 2014|Thoughts|

                                                                                                Pekudei                                                                      What is a rabbi?[1]     Moses begins a statistical summary of the materials used for the tabernacle in the biblical portion beginning in Exodus 38:21 and ending in Exodus 40:38. Jewish tradition refers to Moses as Moshe Rabbeinu, which can be translated as “Moses our rabbi” or “Moses [...]

7 03, 2013

Vayakeil Pekudei – Unusual Interpretations 17

By |2013-03-07T14:28:40-07:00March 7th, 2013|Thoughts|

                                                                          By Israel Drazin   The biblical portions of Vayakeil and Pekudei, Exodus 35:1- 40:38, have many biblical laws and a host of descriptions of the ancient tabernacle, the Mishkan, used by the Israelites during their forty-year desert wanderings. I will discuss the Sabbath and the Cherubim.   Why does the Torah single out [...]