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Monday, March 8, 2010

VaYakhel and P'kuday

This week there are two portions of Torah (It has to do with the calendar and how many portions there are to read in a year) - the first is VaYakhel and the second is P'kuday.
Both of them are about building the special tent/vehicle that will carry the tablets Moshe received from God on top of the mountain.
God invites everyone to contribute materials for the building, but selects Bezalel as the person in charge.  Here are some questions for you to think about:

1.  Why do you think everyone is invited to contribute to the building?  Couldn't God just create whatever is needed?  What difference would it make?

2.  Here's some of what the Torah says about Bezalel:
35:30  Moses said to the Israelites:  See, Adonai has selected Bezalel, the son of Uri, the son of Hur, from the tribe of Yehudah.
35:31  And God has filled him with God's spirit, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge, and with the ability to do good work. 
Why do you think there needs to be one person in charge?  According to the verses in the Torah, what is special about Bezalel?

3.  What is the most special thing you have in your family?  How do you keep it safe?  Where is the Torah kept in your synagogue?  What keeps it safe?

I want to know what you think about these questions.  You can comment in the space below and other kids can see your opinions.  That way we can all learn together.

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