Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Pekudei

tabernacle_encampment1872jonesIn this week’s Torah portion, the construction of the Mishkan comes to a close. The culmination of it all is the descent of the glory of the L-rd coming and filling the Mishkan. You can read about it here: Pekudei – Exodus 38:21 – 40:38.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

1: 38:21-39:1 (12 p’sukim)

2: 39:2-21 (20 p’sukim)

3: 39:22-32 (11 p’sukim)

4: 39:33-43 (11 p’sukim)

5: 40:1-16 (16 p’sukim)

6: 40:17-27 (11 p’sukim)

7: 40:28-38 (11 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is I Kings 7:51 – 8:21.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Shemot by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will focus on the middah (quality, character trait) of simcha, with a slightly different perspective. Like last week when we looked at the opposite of anava (humility), we will be looking at the middah of simcha through trying to understand its opposite, ka’as or anger. Keep your card with suggestions, but take the time to study what arrogance is. Sometimes we need to focus on the problem so we can pinpont it and remove it properly.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Simcha/Ka’as (Happiness/Anger). Under the virtue, write out the suggested practices (courtesy of Riverton Mussar) listed below. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life.

  • “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19
  • Every morning, decide in your mind to be content and choose joy whatever may come that day.
  • Be careful with what you place in front of your eyes, and the things you listen to that may compromise your decision to be content.
  • Ask Hashem to show you His perspective, before reacting to someone or a situation.
  • Breathe in deeply and breathe out deeply before responding in anger.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

 

“When one hears someone insulting them, they should keep silent and hold their peace.” ~Rabbi Nachman of Breslov

 

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,
S~