2 ideas about Shabbos

1)Fire! The Zohar has a novel understanding/reading of the third pasuk in Vayakhel. The pasuk reads (35:3) ‘do not ignite a fire in your dwellings on the day of Shabbos. But the Zohar understands ‘fire’ here to mean arguments and bickering. This is party because fire represents passion. Whereas water…

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Think about it!

In any good series there is a ‘twist at the end,’ and I suppose this epic three-part series should be no different. Apart from the fact that the topic we are going to speak about is actually related to the parsha this week (shock horror), it is a much more…

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Why is Shabbos mentioned in building the Mishkan

The Parsha begins with an introduction on how to build the Mishkan. But before the Torah explains how the Mishkan has to be built, it interjects with a warning about Shabbos observance, and then goes on to explain what was necessary for the Mishkan. Rabbi Mordechai Kaminietzky asks two questions…

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answer number 2 to 'spot the shalom'




First, to repeat the question: The pasuk says that the Bnei Yisrael brought their donations for the mishkan to Moshe, whereupon the midrash comments 'peace is great ('gadol hashalom'.) What has shalom got to do with bringing donations for the mishkan? (see first dvar torah for answer…

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Parshas Vayakhel

"The entire assembly of the children of Israel left Moses' presence" (Sh'mos 35:20).

Why does the Torah use its precious words to tell us that the people exited? The Torah tells of many people interacting, but rarely mentions when they walk away. Therefore, when it does, you can be sure…

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Just enough or too much??

The pasuk (36:7) says that after all the donations were made to the Mishkan they had enough (Dayum). At the end of this pasuk it says "V'Hoseir" and there was even more than they needed. So which is it; was it exactly enough or did they have extra?

If there…

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The Nesivos Sholom: Shabbos and the Mishkon

Juxtaposing Shabbos to the Mishkan makes eminent sense to us. Rashi comments, that placing Shabbos first in our parshah, before mentioning the Mishkan, serves notice to us that Shabbos takes precedence in any conflict with the readying of the Mishkan. Construction of the Mishkan goes on halt when Shabbos arrives;…

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