Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Vayakhel

Holman_The_Tabernacle_in_the_WildernessIn this week’s Torah portion, the planning phase of the Mishkan is ended, and the construction begins! You can read about it here: Vayakhel – Exodus 35:1 – 38:20.

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: 35:1-20 (20 p’sukim)

2: 35:21-29 (9 p’sukim)

3: 35:30-36:7 (13 p’sukim)

4: 36:8-19 (12 p’sukim)

5: 36:20-37:16 (35 p’sukim)

6: 37:17-29 (13 p’sukim)

7: 38:1-20 (20 p’sukim)

The reading for the haftarah, if you decide to read it in addition to the Torah portion, is I Kings 7:40 – 7:50.

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


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 be continuing to focus on the middah (virtue) of anava, with a slightly different perspective. We will be looking at this middah through trying to understand its opposite, ga’avah or arrogance. 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 Anava (Humility). 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.

  • In a conversation, focus intently on what the other person is saying and not on what you will say next.
  • Practice active listening and talk less.
  • Prefer someone’s needs over yours.
  • When someone says something that does not agree with your opinion, considering holding your tongue and letting it go.

You might also benefit from this teaching:


“Do not imagine that character is determined at birth. We have been given free will. We ourselves decide whether to make ourselves learned or ignorant, compassionate or cruel, generous or miserly. No one forces us; no one drags us along one path or the other. We ourselves, by our own volition, choose our own way.” ~Maimonides (Rambam)


Blessings and Shalom for a good week,