Torah E-Thought: Talented Women

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Pesach is in three weeks! We will be running a Public Seder at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds, please be in touch if you wish to join. Details here.

Wishing you a good Shabbos,


Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

The process of building the Mishkan is discussed in this week’s parshah. Our first Synagogue was built by a group of volunteers and crowd funded. Various items were needed for the construction, including goats hair. According to Rashi, the women spun goat hair into thread while it was still attached to the goats, a process entailing extraordinary talent especially considering the Biblical prohibition against causing pain to animals.

This extra effort was particularly remarkable considering that the Jewish people had not been instructed to process the goat hair at all before donating it to the Mishkan. Nevertheless, these gifted women, “whose hearts uplifted them with wisdom,” wanted their contribution to the Mishkan to be of the highest possible quality. They therefore spun the goat hair while it was still growing, when the fibers are most pliable and produce a better yarn. Only then did they donate it to the Mishkan.

The Torah’s account of their donation teaches us an important lesson, providentially during the week of International Women’s Day. The women who spun the goat hair recognised that their unique talent was a gift from G-d. They were therefore certain that this ability had been granted to them in order for them to utilise it in the construction of the Mishkan — the home we make for G-d in this world. As such, they specifically sought (and found) a way to enhance the Mishkan through their special talent, even though they had not been specifically commanded to do so.

The same is true for all the unique gifts that G-d grants us. We must recognise that being blessed by G-d with extraordinary abilities, whether an exceptional talent or abundant financial success, obliges us to seek out opportunities to contribute extraordinarily toward making this world a dwelling place for G-d.

As our community continues to thrive, it is incumbent on us to recognise those who have been instrumental in its growth, both spiritually and physically. The good news from Donisthorpe should be recognised by all as having been achieved thanks to determined individuals from our community. In recent years, we have been able to celebrate the opening of our first Jewish High School and a new kosher bakery, similarly thanks to talented individuals.

Not everything goes to plan, but as individuals and a community it is an opportunity to look at what talents G-d has given us and what we are achieving with them.

The Parshah In A Nutshell

Parshat Vayak'hel-Pekudei

Moses assembles the people of Israel and reiterates to them the commandment to observe the Shabbat. He then conveys G‑d’s instructions regarding the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). The people donate the required materials in abundance, bringing gold, silver and copper; blue-, purple- and red-dyed wool; goat hair, spun linen, animal skins, wood, olive oil, herbs and precious stones. Moses has to tell them to stop giving.

A team of wise-hearted artisans make the Mishkan and its furnishings (as detailed in the previous Torah readings of Terumah, Tetzaveh and Ki Tisa): three layers of roof coverings; 48 gold-plated wall panels, and 100 silver foundation sockets; the parochet ( veil) that separates between the Sanctuary’s two chambers, and the masach ( screen) that fronts it; the Ark and its cover with the Cherubim; the table and its showbread; the seven-branched menorah with its specially prepared oil; the golden altar and the incense burned on it; the anointing oil; the outdoor altar for burnt offerings and all its implements; the hangings, posts and foundation sockets for the courtyard; and the basin and its pedestal, made out of copper mirrors.

An accounting is made of the gold, silver and copper donated by the people for the making of the Mishkan. Betzalel, Aholiav and their assistants make the eight priestly garments—the ephod, breastplate, cloak, crown, turban, tunic, sash and breeches—according to the specifications communicated to Moses in the Parshah of Tetzaveh.

The Mishkan is completed and all its components are brought to Moses, who erects it and anoints it with the holy anointing oil, and initiates Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. A cloud appears over the Mishkan, signifying the divine presence that has come to dwell within it.

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