Rabbi David Etengoff
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Sefer Vayikra begins with a call from G-d to Moshe: “G-d called to Moses, speaking to him from the Communion Tent.” In a celebrated gloss, Rashi, basing himself upon Midrash Rabbah, … more
Our parasha contains the sole instance in the Tanach of the expression, “He took and placed (va’yikach va’yitan) the testimony into the ark” (Shemot 40:20). Rashi explained … more
Parasha Vayakel begins with the construction of the mishkan (the portable desert sanctuary): “Moses called the whole community of the children of Israel to assemble, and he said to them: … more
There is a famous machloket between Rashi and the Ramban as to whether the Mishkan (tabernacle) was created before or after the horrific incident found in our parasha of the Chet Haegel Hazahav (the … more
The second Beit Hamikdash was destroyed over 1,900 years ago. Thereafter, with prophetic insight, Chazal established the blessing of Boneh Yerushalayim  (Rebuild Jerusalem) in the Shemoneh … more
Our parasha contains the mitzvah to build the Aron Kodesh: They [the Jewish people] shall make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits its length, a cubit and a half its width, and a cubit and a … more
Our parasha contains two pasukim that reiterate the prohibition of avodah zarah (idol worship) and its practices, the commandment to completely destroy all monuments associated with idol worship … more
The final verses of our parasha focus upon the mitzvah of building a stone altar for the purpose of bringing korbanot (offerings) in the service of Hashem: “And when you make for Me an … more
The end of parasha Beshalach focuses on the epic battle between our nascent nation and the marauding desert tribe of Amalek: “Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. So Moses said to … more
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