In This Week’s Parashah: מָה בַּפָּרָשָׁה​​​​​​​

Full Parashah Reading: Shemot 38:21-40:38
  • The name of the parashah means “countings of.” The Torah counts up all the supplies used to build the מִשְׁכָּן (mishkan, sanctuary for God in the wilderness), including how much gold, silver, bronze, and other materials were used.
  • The special pieces of clothing for Aharon, the כֹּהֵן גָּדוֹל (kohen gadol, high priest), are created:
  1. אֵפוֹד (ephod, something like an apron)
  2. חֹשֶׁן (hoshen, breastplate)
  3. מְעִיל (me’il, robe)
  4. צִיץ (tzitz, headband)
  • The simplet uniform for the other kohanim is also created.
  • On the first of Nissan, almost one year after יְצִיאַת מִצְרַיִם (yetziat Mitzrayim, the Exodus from Egypt), the mishkan is complete. Everything was done exactly as God had instructed.
  • Moshe sets up the walls and all the vessels. He places the לֻחוֹת (luhot, tablets) in the אֲרוֹן (aron, ark), and he burns קְּטֹרֶת (ketoret, incense) on the golden מִזְבֵּחַ (mizbei’ah, altar).
  • A cloud appears and covers the mishkan, and God’s presence fills it.
Aliyah #1 (Shemot 38:21-39:1)
Aliyah #2 (Shemot 39:2-21)
Aliyah #3 (Shemot 39:22-32)
Aliyah #4 (Shemot 39:33-43)
Aliyah #5 (Shemot 40:1-16)
Aliyah #6 (Shemot 40:17-27)
Aliyah #7 (Shemot 40:28-38)