This Weekโ€™s Torah Portion: Vayakhel

๐๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐“๐ข๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž: VAYAK’HEL Vayakhel, Wayyaqhel, VaYakhel, Va-Yakhel, Vayak’heil, or Vayaqhel (ื•ึทื™ึทึผืงึฐื”ึตืœโ€Ž โ€“ Hebrew for “and he assembled,” the first word in the parashah) is the 22nd weekly Torah portion (ืคึธึผืจึธืฉึธืื”โ€Ž, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the 10th in the Book of Exodus. The parashah tells of the making of the Tabernacle and its sacred vessels. It constitutes Exodus 35:1โ€“38:20. The parashah is made up of 6,181 Hebrew letters, 1,558 Hebrew words, 122 verses, and 211 lines in a Torah scroll (ืกึตืคึถืจ ืชึผื•ึนืจึธื”โ€Ž, Sefer Torah).

๐๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž: Exodus 35:1-38:20

๐‘๐ž๐Ÿ๐ฅ๐ž๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: In this weekโ€™s Torah portion we read about the construction of the Tabernacle, The Ark and the creation of the priestly garments and then we read of the glory of Yahweh. This reminds me that there is indeed a spiritual aspect to art, beauty and creation. When we are looking at a piece of beautiful art we are indeed seeing a glimpse of Yahwehโ€™s glory. Some are anointed to preach, pray or teach but others are anointed to build, design and create but remember both groups are anointed by Yahweh. Yahweh does care about beauty and we are closest to being like Yahweh when we create. What can you create or beautify this week?

๐‘๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ž: Read the book Concerning the Spiritual in Art by artist Wassily Kandinsky one of my favorite contemporary artist.

๐๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: What does art teach us about The Almighty?

๐‹๐ž๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐คโ€™๐ฌ ๐“๐จ๐ซ๐š๐ก ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง!