Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Parashat P'kudei, 5774/2014 edition

Maybe it's just as well that I accidentally read and post about Parashat P'kudei/Pekudei (whatever) last week, 'cause I might not get around to re-reading that parashah until Erev Shabbat after dinner.  So I'll just link.

Update, Thursday, February 27, 2004

I'm sneaking in some links:

Conservadox considers some political and economic aspects of local-vs.-global questions.

Rav Shai Held writes about the connection between the creation of the world and the construction of the Mishkan (Wilderness Sanctuary).

Rav Shlomo Riskin on taking risks by entering into the unknown.

I snuck in a quick reading of the parashah, too, all while the boss was at yet another one of his gazillion meetings.

Exodus Chapter 40 שְׁמוֹת

לד וַיְכַס הֶעָנָן, אֶת-אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד; וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, מָלֵא אֶת-הַמִּשְׁכָּן. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.

לה וְלֹא-יָכֹל מֹשֶׁה, לָבוֹא אֶל-אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד--כִּי-שָׁכַן עָלָיו, הֶעָנָן; וּכְבוֹד יְהוָה, מָלֵא אֶת-הַמִּשְׁכָּן. 35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.--

לו וּבְהֵעָלוֹת הֶעָנָן מֵעַל הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יִסְעוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּכֹל, מַסְעֵיהֶם. 36 And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward, throughout all their journeys.

לז וְאִם-לֹא יֵעָלֶה, הֶעָנָן--וְלֹא יִסְעוּ, עַד-יוֹם הֵעָלֹתוֹ. 37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.

לח כִּי עֲנַן יְהוָה עַל-הַמִּשְׁכָּן, יוֹמָם, וְאֵשׁ, תִּהְיֶה לַיְלָה בּוֹ--לְעֵינֵי כָל-בֵּית-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּכָל-מַסְעֵיהֶם. {ש} 38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and there was fire therein by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.-- {P}

It still sounds like a description of a volcano to me.  Was the midbar/wilderness through which our ancestors wandered really the Sinai Peninsula?  There are no active or dormant volcanos in the Sinai.  I think I heard another theory about the 40-year travel route on a History Channel show.


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