Thought of the Week: Pikudei - 5782


In Pareshat Pekudei, after Moshe provides a detailed listing of all the goods donated to the Mishkan, the construction finally begins.  After every section where the Torah remarks that a specific item was completed, the Torah notes that it was made, “As Hashem has commanded Moshe.”

The Talmud Yerushalmi comments that, not including the first time this sentence appears, this statement is repeated eighteen times corresponding to the Amidah that includes eighteen blessings.  This association is not random; rather, the Mishkan and prayer have a very strong connection. Both are to unite the Jewish people to the creator.

Shabbat Shalom