𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐢𝐭𝐥𝐞: Pekudei, Pekude, Pekudey, P’kude, or P’qude (פְקוּדֵי—Hebrew for “amounts of,” the second word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 23rd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah reading. It is the 11th and last in the Book of Exodus. The parashah tells of the setting up of the Tabernacle (מִשְׁכַּן, Mishkan).
𝐏𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞: Exodus 38:21-40:38
𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: In this week’s Torah portion we read about the famous Levitical breastplate with various gemstones and we read of the craftsmanship, detail, beauty and cooperation that went into constructing the tabernacle and outfitting the Levitical priest. Often believers think there is a division between the sacred and the beautiful, the divine and the creative, the artist and the priest. In fact when we read the scriptures we see that these divisions are false and that even when constructing the tabernacle and temple for worship Yahweh instructs that His place of worship be one of beauty and that even His priest be adorned in beauty. Beauty is a gift from Yahweh.
𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞: Sacred Stones: High Priest’s Breastplate Gems in the Bible and Torah: https://www.learnreligions.com/breastplate-gems-in-the-bible-torah-124518
𝐐𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: How will you take time to enjoy beauty this week?
𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧!