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Daily Aliya for Pekudei, Shlishi (3rd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: The rest of the priestly garments were completed: The high priest’s me’il (blue robe adorned with golden bells and cloth “pomegranates”) and tzitz (a golden band worn on the forehead, which was engraved with the words “Holy to G‑d”); and the four garments worn by both the high priest and the regular priests: tunics, turbans, sashes and pants. With this, the construction of the Tabernacle and all its vessels and accoutrement were finished.

Talmud Yerushalmi notes that the phrase, “as G-d had commanded Moshe” appears 18 times in P’kudei. Correspondingly, we have 18 brachot in our weekday Amida – strengthening the connection between Service in the Mikdash and Davening is that davening (praying) is a replacement for the service done in the Mikdash.