Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Pekudei 5768

by Steve Brizel

Galus and Geulah

  • R. Baruch Simon, in his weekly Chumash shiur, based upon the Ramban's introduction to Sefer Shmos and a Midrash discovered by R. Menachem Mendel Kasher zt"l, discusses why the Torah uses “Pekudei HaMishkan” and shows how this term is tied to “Pakod Pakaditie” (3:16) at the beginning of Sefer Shmos: link

  • The Recounting of the Metals in the Mishkan
  • The Seforno (as prepared by R. Eliezer Kwass) explains why the Torah sets forth the amounts of the precious metals in the Mishkan: link

  • Click here to read moreMoshe Rabbeinu's Blessing Upon the Completion of the Mishkan
  • R. Mordechai Greenberg and R. Jonathan Sacks explores the content and intent of Moshe Rabbeinu's blessing: link 1, link 2

  • The Erection of the Mishkan
  • R. Shlomo Riskin discusses why it was necessary for Moshe Rabbeinu to erect the Mishkan: link

  • The Beis Hakneses and the Beis HaMikdash
  • R. Yaacov Haber (Torahlab) reminds us that if we have a proper appreciation of the true function of a synagogue, it will enhance our ties to Jerusalem: link

  • Betzalel's Unique Talents
  • R. Ephraim Buchwald demonstrates that Betzalel, despite his vast talents, followed the Divine Plan and did not seek praise: link

  • Meleches Hotzaah and the Mishkan
  • R. Yissochar Frand, based upon an interpretation of R Shimshon Rafael Hirsch zt"l, suggests that Hotzaah, by its restrictions on human interaction, shows God's mastery over the world. link

  • Chazak Chazak Vnischazek Department
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom, in a Siyum on Sefer Shmos, traces the views of Rishonim in their understanding of the structure of Sefer Shmos: link
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal explores the the themes of the Haftarah for Parshas Shekalim - teshuvah from Avodah Zarah, haughtiness and an inability to admit the truth: link

  • Parshas Shekalim
  • R. Hershel Schachter discusses the halachic and hashkafic dimensions of Parshas Shekalim: link. Source materials are available via pdf.

    The Half Shekel
  • R. Yaakov Neuberger proves that God showed Moshe Rabbeinu the Half Shekel as a means of showing that every person has the means, to contribute something to the betterment of Klal Yisrael: link
  • R. Dovid Kamenetsy suggests a connection between the erection of the Mishkan and Chodesh Adar: link

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