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Tabernacle Symbology: Although we have been through the tabernacle furnishings in Torah
Portion Terumah, that was for the first set of tablets and now this is the second set of tablets which
were the same as the first. The second set was given in a much downplayed setting. As Torah
Scholars we are not required to build all of the furnishings of the tabernacle. Again the details of
the most sanctified items are listed. Gold is held in the highest esteem by HaShem. Gold overlay
was commanded inside and out of the Arc of Shittim wood. The Arc is to house the most treasured
Torah and tablets of writings. Gold can be beaten into shape and is consistent after being heated
with fire. Fire is the element of creation very much identified with HaShem...and so are we refined
by fire as Gold, by turning to the Torah. The toughness of metals and particularly gold is how we
are to be....the spirit of HaShem and the truth of his Torah.

  • 37:1 Bezalel made the ark of acacia wood. Two cubits and a half was its length, a cubit and
    a half its breadth, and a cubit and a half its height. 2 And he overlaid it with pure gold inside
    and outside, and made a molding of gold around it. 3 And he cast for it four rings of gold for
    its four feet, two rings on its one side and two rings on its other side. 4 And he made poles
    of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold 5 and put the poles into the rings on the sides
    of the ark to carry the ark. 6 And he made a mercy seat of pure gold. Two cubits and a half
    was its length, and a cubit and a half its breadth.

Cheruvim: The Cheruvim seem to be one of the great mysteries of the Torah. Two are attached to
the top of the Arc for protection. They face down to the arc and it is from between the Arc that
HaShem will speak to Moshe. They are given the name Cheruvim, whilst others of the heavenly
realm are called angels. There are two other beings given names, Mikhael (Dan 12:1) and Gavriel
(Dan 8:16) and we wonder if they are akin to each other. It is clear that they are not to be worshiped
but rather HaShem...who is one...the heavenly realm are many and all creations of HaShem. In
Biblical Hebrew, words are constructed from roots. Normally they are three root consonants but
sometimes two. The root for Cheruvim can mean protector or vehicle for G-ds presence (Rabbi
Samson Raphael Hirsch). The relevance of such depictions we might surmise are symbolic of the
laws of nature given that the HaShem is a G-d of nature.  All aspects of creation are treasured by
HaShem and for those who want his beloved Torah is also his all encompassing control over
nature and the universe.....divine protection. They are first mentioned in Genesis 3:24

  • 37:7 And he made two cherubim of gold. He made them of hammered work on the two
    ends of the mercy seat, 8 one cherub on the one end, and one cherub on the other end. Of
    one piece with the mercy seat he made the cherubim on its two ends. 9 The cherubim
    spread out their wings above, overshadowing the mercy seat with their wings, with their
    faces one to another; toward the mercy seat were the faces of the cherubim.

The Table: for the show bread was again, an integral part of the tabernacle of HaShem. Each
furnishing weaved into the other and although they each had their own symbolic meaning they
were also part of the whole...the one, just as G-d HaShem is one. On the table, was the utensils
and the showbread. The Bread of "His" Countenance (Ex 25:30) speaks for itself. This also is of
course symbolic of the complete Torah as the glory of haShem and his ways is contained therein

  • 37:10 He made the table of Shittim wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a cubit and
    half length

The Menorah: is also again stated in the Torah and of course the Lampstand which is for light.
Light the very essence of the higher level of life and living...the Torah is known as Ner Tamid, the
eternal light. It 's completeness is the number 7...The centre stand with 6 stems. The Ruach
HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit is at the centre of the universe. The divine presence, the Shekhinah is
everywhere and by the need not to build a tabernacle of our own, we can follow our connection to
the Shekhinah by studying the Torah...the knowledge of G-d HaShem

  • 37:17 He also made the lampstand of pure gold. He made the lampstand of hammered
    work. Its base, its stem, its cups, its calyxes, and its flowers were of one piece with it.

Whatever possessions we gather, they are all of service to HaShem

  • 38:8 and he made the laver of copper and the base thereof of copper, of the mirrors of the
    serving hosts that did service at the door of the tent of meeting

Torah Portion Vayakhel is sometimes read with Pekudei in the same week. 2014 is one of those
years

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Va'Yakhel "And He Assembled" Exodus 35:1-38:20    
Published 10th Dec 2010    
VaYakhel: In giving the second set of tablets to Moshe' and the peoples we discover also a second set of
parameters..a differing criteria for mankind. Still to uphold the Torah but arguably a lowering for the people because
they had more to do in redeeming themselves. Work...is the ethos of being close to the nature of the universe and
Ha-Shem.

Moshe prayed for the repentance of the people because they were about to be killed for idolatry at the steps of the
greatest deliverance and salvation that has been known to mankind.....the work that had been done fell away at the
final hurdle when thinking would have been the best step to take. God accepted the prayer of Moshe' on behalf of
the rebellious people and seems to me that God was encouraging Moshe' to pray. Ha-Shem is a God of justice
which is outlined in Torah. Man should ask for the best for everyone and leave justice to the cycle of nature and Ha-
Shem. The lunar calendar was instituted through Moshe (Ex 12)

  • 35:2 Six days work shall be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to
    the Lord. Whoever does any work on it shall be put to death. 3 You shall kindle no fire in all your dwelling
    places on the Sabbath day.”

The Heart: the element of the body that the Torah teaches is the true thinking pulse. Where we show more than any
other design that we are by our actions understanding and thinking in the image of HaShem G-d and keeping
Torah. Freewill charity giving in the true biblical sense and under the auspices of the Torah. The greatest charity that
fellow human can do is shine the light of the Torah

  • 35:4 Moshe said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “This is the thing that the Lord has
    commanded. 5 Take from among you a contribution to the Lord. Whoever is of a generous heart, let him
    bring the Lord's contribution: gold, silver, and bronze; 6 blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined
    linen; goats' hair, 7 tanned rams' skins, and goatskins; acacia wood, 8 oil for the light, spices for the
    anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, 9 and onyx stones and stones for setting, for the ephod and for the
    breastpiece

All our skills are given first to haShem and show our thanks and understanding to the true G-d that created the
universe really is. We have followed through the previous Torah portions and see that the Mo'eds or fixed sabbaths
are a sign between us and HaShem. As part of Biblical Israel we also make Torah study the root of our days and
use our skills to make an offering to HaShem in glorifying the Torah....talk Torah...read Torah...meet with friends on
the rest days and encourage each other and enjoy the creation of the moon, star, sun and all the other blessing that
haShem gives us

  • 35:10 “Let every skillful craftsman among you come and make all that the Lord has commanded: 11 the
    tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its hooks and its frames, its bars, its pillars, and its bases; 12 the ark
    with its poles, the mercy seat, and the veil of the screen;

All who are so moved by the truth and the Torah can turn their hearts and enjoy the great festivals, making the best
offering our means will allow

  • 35:22 So they came, both men and women. All who were of a willing heart brought brooches and earrings
    and signet rings and armlets, all sorts of gold objects, every man dedicating an offering of gold to the Lord

It is true, that we are each individual and natural disposed in different directions. We all have to work to develop our
selves through study and application. Moshe's master craftsmen Bezalel and Oholiab could not do their work
without the support of all the people in being willing to serve HaShem. There freewill to give to HaShem with there
possessions was paramount

  • 36:2 And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the Lord had put skill,
    everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work. 3 And they received from Moses all the
    contribution that the people of Israel had brought for doing the work on the sanctuary. They still kept bringing
    him freewill offerings every morning, 4 so that all the craftsmen who were doing every sort of task on the
    sanctuary came, each from the task that he was doing, 5 and said to Moses, “The people bring much more
    than enough for doing the work that the Lord has commanded us to do.” 6 So Moses gave command, and
    word was proclaimed throughout the camp, “Let no man or woman do anything more for the contribution for
    the sanctuary.” So the people were restrained from bringing, 7 for the material they had was sufficient to do
    all the work, and more.
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