This week’s parsha is a double portion that finishes the book of Exodus (Shemot.) Most of it tells the story Bezalel and Oholiab, the two Hebrews in charge of building the tabernacle (Mishkan.) We read of all the ritual objects created for the Mishkan and of the structure itself, which was the early model for the great temples in Jerusalem. But at the end of the parsha, Moses’ girlfriend, YHWH, moves in. Can you imagine having your GOD move in? What an incredible drag. It sure makes living with your parents seem a picnic.
Next week we begin Leviticus (Vayikra) but for now, as we say at the end of every book: Chazak chazak v’nitchazeik!
SHABBAT SHALOM! – a & s