Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Parashah Roundup: Vayakhel 5768

by Steve Brizel

Bridging the Gap

  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains why Moshe Rabbeinu spoke before a special assembly of the entire nation: link

  • Moshe and Aharon
  • R. Yisachar Frand shows how Moshe and Aharon's roles complemented each other without creating any enmity between them: link

  • Click here to read moreBetzalel's Crucial Role
  • R. Yaacov Haber (Torahlab) discusses how Betzalel's positive reaction to his being selected as the designer and artisan of the Mishkan reminds us that we should never shirk from our responsibilities, regardless of our inner doubts about our own capabilities: link

  • Moshe Rabbeinu's Instructions to Betzalel
  • The Gaon Yaakov sheds new light on a discussion between Moshe and Betzalel about the order of construction for the Mishkan: link

  • Betzalel and Art
  • R. Jonathan Sacks and R. Efraim Buchwald discusses Betzalel and the relationship between Halacha and art: link 1, link 2
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom offers a number of interpretations, all rooted in the text, as to why Betzalel was the primary designer and artisan of the Mishkan: link

  • The Holy and the Mundane
  • R. Mordechai Greenberg suggests that the purpose of the Mishkan was to demonstrate that the spiritual and physical must work together, as opposed to being exclusive of each other: link

  • Shabbos and the Mishkan
  • R. Avigdor Nevenzal reviews many of the Halachic and Hashkafic fundamentals of Shabbos: link
  • R. Mayer Twersky demonstrates that a proper observance of Shabbos has a positive spiritual impact on the rest of the week: link
  • R. Ari Kahn and R. Yaakov Haber (formerly of RIETS) explore the relationship between Shabbos and the Mishkan: link 1, link 2
  • R. Shlomo Riskin suggests that the inclusion of Shabbos between the various mitzvos concerning the Mishkan is to remind us that Shabbos and the Mishkan shared the same hashkafic goals: link
  • R. Zvi Sobolofsky proves that the proper observance of Shabbos, especially the Melacha of Hotzaah, is a form of accepting the Yoke of Heaven: link

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