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July 16, 2024

Glossary – VaYakhel (And Moses Assembled)-Pekudei (Accounts) – Weekly Torah Portion


Work is correction of the system of the tabernacle. This is nothing more than that. There are nine works in the work of the tabernacle; the rest are neither work nor craft.


A cloud indicates concealment. The Creator hides Himself, but the disclosure is in concealment, when one sees that He is hidden. There are opposites here, which is why it corrects us. The cloud leads us, and even Moses went into the cloud.


A donation to the Creator means that the more we increase the importance of the Creator in our eyes—the importance of the quality of love and bestowal—the more we can advance.

Tabernacle and Tent of Meeting

The soul contains a surrounding, external Kli (vessels). Although it contains great lights, they are surrounding. Also, there are the inner Kelim (plural of Kli), which are the tabernacle. Similar to our world, we have a Shoresh, Neshama, and Guf (root, soul, and body respectively) within us, and Levush and Heichal (clothing, hall respectively) that are the rest of the world. This is how we are built, how we perceive the Kli we are in. But everything is within us even when it seems to us that everything is external.

The same is true for the tabernacle. It is an inner tabernacle, surrounded by the tent of meeting, a court, and many other details. When we begin to notice it and study it, we see that each element is truly a unique form of work.

From The Zohar: Beautiful Boughs, the Joy of the Whole Earth

The beauty of the world and the vision of the world were not seen in the world until the tabernacle was built and established, and the ark entered the holy place. From that time, the vision of everything, of Divinity, was seen in the world and the world was established. The worthy come into the tabernacle and the ark until they arrive at the middle point that is there, which is “Beautiful boughs, the joy of the whole …” Once they arrive there, the ark started and said, “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.”

Zohar for All, Pekudei (Accounts), item 42

When we arrive at this exciting moment, there is nothing more sublime. We are in contact and Dvekut (adhesion) with the Creator, and discover the goal for which we have labored so long. Henceforth we only enhance the point of Dvekut through the end of correction.

Today the world is in a crisis. It is the beginning of the way, of the inclination toward connection. Especially, it is the beginning of the revelation of the wisdom of Kabbalah. It is written, “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them” (Jeremiah, 31:33). In other words, everyone will know about the Creator. This is the wisdom of which it was written, “they shall all know Me,” and “My house shall be called ‘a house of prayer for all the nations” (Isaiah, 56:7).

In other words, the tabernacle, the tent, the Third Temple, all the desires, everything that exists in the universe will achieve connection and correction, as it is written, “I will bring them to the mountain of My holiness, and I will rejoice them in My house of prayer, their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable on My altar, for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nation” (Isaiah, 56:7).

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