What We Discussed: Vayak’heil-P’kudei

Posted on March 15, 2021

Shalom TBAY!

Wondering what we discussed this past Shabbat? Here is a link to Friday night’s D’Var Torah: The Satisfaction of Creation.

On Shabbat morning, we discussed a challenging couple of verses. You can find the Source Sheet here. These are hard to study, because so little is written about them and the rabbis of our Talmud have used them to insinuate that the wisdom of women is less than the wisdom of men. But it is important to study them anyway. Some questions we considered were: Why is there so little written about these verses? The text already specified that men and women whose hearts moved them had brought gifts. Why mention the women’s crafts and separate them out? Was it originally a positive or a negative, as the rabbis decided? Why the difference in what chochmah means when applied to women? How would the world have been different if the term had been applied equally? What is the difference between being wise-hearted and having their hearts inspire them? What do you think?

Shavua Tov!

— Rabbi Rubin : )