This Week’s Torah Portion: Vayakhel

𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: VAYAK’HEL Vayakhel, Wayyaqhel, VaYakhel, Va-Yakhel, Vayak’heil, or Vayaqhel (וַיַּקְהֵל‎ – Hebrew for “and he assembled,” the first word in the parashah) is the 22nd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, 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 35:1–38:20. The parashah is made up of 6,181 Hebrew letters, 1,558 Hebrew words, 122 verses, and 211 lines in a Torah scroll (סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה‎, Sefer Torah).

𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞: Exodus 35:1-38:20

𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: In this week’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 Yahweh’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?

𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞: Read the book Concerning the Spiritual in Art by artist Wassily Kandinsky one of my favorite contemporary artist.

𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: What does art teach us about The Almighty?

𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!