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Lessons for today,
Shabbos, 27 Adar, 5777 - March 25, 2017

Chumash: Vayakhel-Pekudei, 7th portion (Exod. 40:1-40:38) with Rashi.
Tehillim: 120-134
Tanya: English text/Audio/MP3
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Summary of Today's Chumash
In the seventh aliyah G-d instructs Moshe to set up the Mishkan. In addition, Moshe is commanded to place all the equipment for the Mishkan in their proper places, and to anoint all of the items, as well as to anoint Aharon and his sons, with the anointing oil, to make them holy. (This latter anointing of Aharon's sons made the Kohanim the priests for all generations.)

Moshe sets up the Mishkan on the first of Nissan -- almost a year after they left Egypt. According to Rashi in the previous aliyah, no one else had the strength to erect the Mishkan because of the heaviness of the boards. Since Moshe hadn't participated in the building of the Mishkan, he was given the opportunity to set it up. Moshe asked G-d how it was humanly possible to set it up. G-d tells Moshe to just touch it, and G-d caused the Mishkan to set itself up.

Finally, the cloud of G-d's glory fills the Mishkan. It remained there every day, and became fire every night. Whenever the cloud lifted up, the people would travel, and whenever the cloud rested, they would camp. Everyone would see this in all their travels.

This is the end of the book of Shmos. After the last words of the Torah are read for this Chumash we say: "Chazak Chazak V'Nitchazaik".

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