Vayak’hel (He Assembles) and P’kudei (Accounts)


Exodus 35:1 And gathered together Moses אֶת־ all the congregation of the Children of Israel and said to them, These are the words which יהוה has commanded that you should do אֹתָם them. 2 Six days will work be done, but the seventh day will be a sacred day, a Sabbath of rest to ליהוה: whoever does work on it will be put to death. 3 You will kindle no fire throughout your dwellings upon the Sabbath day.

Question: Why does the Torah place the commandment to cease work on Shabbat next to the work of the Tabernacle? To teach the Israelites that nothing is more important than keeping Sabbath, even completing the Tabernacle. Thus the Tabernacle not only defines the type of work forbidden on Shabbat, but also the type of work the Israelite is engaged in on the other six days of the week: the work of building a home for YHUH out of the materials of our own physical life. (Chumash)

Question: Are you in need of a Sabbath rest?
1. We rarely turn off our electronically/digitally charged lives causing us “techno-stress”. Even though technology enables us to do many things at the same time, our brains become overloaded. We call this ‘Multitasking Madness’ and we are seeing more and more of it every day. We have fallen into the trap of, ‘Because we can, we do.’ We find ourselves unable to think clearly and we become forgetful and incapable of having a restful sleep as the stimulation from the overload keeps our brain working overtime.
2. We have more stress than ever before.
Common effects of stress …
• Headache
• Muscle tension or pain
• Chest pain
• Fatigue
• Change in sex drive
• Stomach upset
• Sleep problems • Anxiety
• Restlessness
• Lack of motivation or focus
• Irritability or anger
• Sadness or depression • Overeating or under eating
• Angry outbursts
• Drug or alcohol abuse-self medicating
• Tobacco use
• Social
3. We are addicted to the pride of busy-ness. Do you always have to be busy? Do you always have to be entertained? Are you uncomfortable when you are quiet without music or people?

Spiritual Exercise: Have a real Sabbath rest…cut off the phone, computer, music, connection with the world, and rest your mind and body. Find refreshment in YHUH and reenergize. The remainder of the week will be much better.

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