Friday, February 21, 2014

Parashat Vayakhel, 5774/2014 edition

Basics here.

I didn’t have much to say in the only previous Vayahkel/Vayak’hel post of mine that I can find.

Since this is one of what I dubbed the “vocabulary parashiot,” I might as well add another one to the list:

עֹרֹת אֵילִם orot eilim= goat skins

Exodus Chapter 35  
כב  וַיָּבֹאוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים, עַל-הַנָּשִׁים; כֹּל נְדִיב לֵב, הֵבִיאוּ חָח וָנֶזֶם וְטַבַּעַת וְכוּמָז כָּל-כְּלִי זָהָב, וְכָל-אִישׁ, אֲשֶׁר הֵנִיף תְּנוּפַת זָהָב לַיהוָה.
22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing-hearted, and brought nose-rings, and ear-rings, and signet-rings, and girdles, all jewels of gold; even every man that brought an offering of gold unto the LORD.
Where’d they find all that gold, after they’d already donated gold for the making of the Egel HaZahav/Golden Calf?

כה  וְכָל-אִשָּׁה חַכְמַת-לֵב, בְּיָדֶיהָ טָווּ; וַיָּבִיאוּ מַטְוֶה, אֶת-הַתְּכֵלֶת וְאֶת-הָאַרְגָּמָן, אֶת-תּוֹלַעַת הַשָּׁנִי, וְאֶת-הַשֵּׁשׁ.
25 And all the women that were wise-hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, the blue, and the purple, the scarlet, and the fine linen.
Woman were among those who “prayed with their hands,” to paraphrase Heschel.  We, too, had a hand in the construction of the Mishkan/Wilderness Sanctuary.

More vocabulary:
סִּירֹת sirot = pots

יָּעִים yaim = shovels

מִּזְרָקֹת mizrakot = basins

מִּזְלָגֹת mizlakot = flesh-hooks (ugh!)

מַּחְתֹּת machtot = fire-pans—I think these will show up in a later reading, Parashat Korach.

כִּיּוֹר kiyor = laver (washbasin)

מַרְאֹת mar’ot = mirrors (comes from the same shoresh/root word as lir’ot, to see)

צֹּבְאֹת tsov’ot = “serving women”—who they were and what service they performed is not specified.

קְלָעִים k’laim = hangings

Okay, now that I’ve bored you, I should wake you up with links to more interesting divrei Torah/words of Torah:

Sorry--the original plan was to post those links here, but my office computer wouldn't cooperate, so I put 'em in the Comments section, and I don't have time to recreate them here before Shabbat.  Git Shabbos/Shabbat Shalom.
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