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Daily Aliya for Vayakhel, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: The construction continued. In this Aliya, the craftspeople construct the Tabernacle wall panels, their sockets, the curtains which covered the entrance to the sanctuary and which separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the sanctuary, the Ark, and the Showbread Table.

Half of this Aliya describes what Bezlalel was to do, and the second half describes Betzalel actually doing what he was supposed to do. Why not just say that he did was he was instructed? Rash says that because he put his heart into it, the Torah describes everything he did. This description isn’t for his benefit, but for us to realize that our thoughtful efforts are recognized.

Shlomo Ressler