Torah Portion – Vay’yakhel (Shemot 35:1 – 38:20)

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Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Vay'yakhel ("He assembled"). In this parsha, Moses invites the entire nation to participate in the building of the mishkan by bringing the items needed to build it. This portion highlights the willingness of the people to participate and the wisdom of the artificers responsible for taking what God had said and making it a physical reality. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 35 minutes)


Vay'yachel Outline PDF


Torah Portion: Vay'yakhel
This is Bill's commentary on the Torah portion - Vay'yakhel ("He assembled"). In this parsha, Moses invites the entire nation to participate in the construction of the mishkan by bringing the items needed to build it. This commentary focuses on the fact that each member of the nation had to function in their purpose whether by bringing donations or taking those items and transforming them into the articles according to the pattern Moses was shown in the mountain. Highlights include:
  • The supremacy of Shabbat
  • The special mission of Betzalel and Oholiav
  • The need for wisdom
Approximately 35 minutes.
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9 Responses to Torah Portion – Vay’yakhel (Shemot 35:1 – 38:20)

  1. Christopher Fredrickson says:

    Good stuff Brad 🙂

  2. Amanda Jacobsen says:

    So appreciate your comments on the Torah portion. Thanks, Bill, for the time you put into these teachings.

  3. Darlene says:

    Great stuff Bill. I copied a couple of key statements from your outline.

    The highest artist is not the one who is greatest in self-expression but self-control.

    The core of art is teaching and inspiring other humans.

    I love the way you make others (at least me) think and add new dimension to things that may have been overlooked. Definitely thoughts for me to ponder today as I seek His guidance about some personal and specific things. This confirms some truths I have felt He was speaking to me (in a not so direct way). I am so amazed when that happens 🙂 I can really relate and benefit from this portion and the work you have done to present it. Shabbat Shalom! Wonderful! Simply wonderful!

    • Bill says:

      Darlene; I’m glad to know that this teaching was thought-provoking. To me that is one of the highest compliments you could pay. May all honor go to Him! Shalom.

  4. JAIME says:


    Very thought provoking for me personally; As I have always thought on certain gifts I was given and the reason or purpose behind them… Everything you have said here confirms to me once again the understanding that there is a “Predestined” state….
    To know and understand that of itself as pertaining to our destiny with the Lord Himself as part of the body is one thing… but trying to understand the timing & purposes of our individual “talents” (love the biblical relationship here); can truly be daunting…
    As “talents” have a way of “getting in the way” or “out of the way” of the person to whom it is bestowed….

    “thine eyes saw my substance being yet unformed, and in thy book they were written; the
    days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none”..
    Psalm 139

    “thy hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding; that I may know thy commandments”.
    Psalm 119 : Yod

    Try this for a brain tease;
    The Lord is not subject to the laws of Time,
    The Lord created it all in 6 days, and rested on the Sabbath/ 7th.
    One day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day,
    Given these truths then the Lord is everywhere and there is no place or time that He is not.
    Does this not mean that as the clock is ticking; he is also already with us on the Sabbath, and it is we who are still ticking ? But then if you work this backwards He is also present in the past, as in the future as the laws of Time do not apply to Him ?

    Well; you said you like puzzles…. !


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