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5 Facts About Parshat Vayakhel that You (Maybe) You Didn't Know

Published on Wednesday April 7th, 2021


אֶת־הַ֨מִּשְׁכָּ֔ן אֶֽת־אָהֳל֖וֹ וְאֶת־מִכְסֵ֑הוּ אֶת־קְרָסָיו֙ וְאֶת־קְרָשָׁ֔יו אֶת־בְּרִיחָ֕ו אֶת־עַמֻּדָ֖יו וְאֶת־אֲדָנָֽיו׃

The Tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its clasps and its planks, its bars, its posts, and its sockets;

What were the names of the Mishkan’s covers?

  • The Mishkan had 3 (some say, 4) covers. The bottom one was called the “Mishkan,” the middle one was called the  “Ohel” and the top one was called the “Michse”.


וְכָל־הַ֨נָּשִׁ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר נָשָׂ֥א לִבָּ֛ן אֹתָ֖נָה בְּחָכְמָ֑ה טָו֖וּ אֶת־הָעִזִּֽים׃

And all the women who excelled in that skill spun the goats’ hair.

Who was in charge of this secret trade?

  • They would spin the wool while it was still on the goat. Miriam, Caleb’s wife was the guardian of this secret skill.



וְהַנְּשִׂאִ֣ם הֵבִ֔יאוּ אֵ֚ת אַבְנֵ֣י הַשֹּׁ֔הַם וְאֵ֖ת אַבְנֵ֣י הַמִּלֻּאִ֑ים לָאֵפ֖וֹד וְלַחֹֽשֶׁן׃וְאֶת־הַבֹּ֖שֶׂם וְאֶת־הַשָּׁ֑מֶן לְמָא֕וֹר וּלְשֶׁ֙מֶן֙ הַמִּשְׁחָ֔ה וְלִקְטֹ֖רֶת הַסַּמִּֽים׃


And the chieftains brought lapis lazuli and other stones for setting, for the ephod and for the breast piece. And spices and oil for lighting, for the anointing oil, and for the aromatic incense.

How did they have the necessary materials in the desert?

  • Special clouds were sent to bring all the precious stones that were needed for the ephod and the breastplate. Extra stones were scattered around the desert. These same special clouds were also sent to bring all the oils and incense that were needed for the functioning of the Mishkan.



וְהַמְּלָאכָ֗ה הָיְתָ֥ה דַיָּ֛ם לְכָל־הַמְּלָאכָ֖ה לַעֲשׂ֣וֹת אֹתָ֑הּ וְהוֹתֵֽר׃ 

Their efforts had been more than enough for all the tasks to be done.

What happened to the leftover material?

  • The leftover material was used for repairs and/or to make other vessels. Some say that a miracle occurred and any “extra” material would somehow find its place within the Mishkan without appearing as “extra”.


וַיַּ֗עַשׂ אֵ֚ת הַכִּיּ֣וֹר נְחֹ֔שֶׁת וְאֵ֖ת כַּנּ֣וֹ נְחֹ֑שֶׁת בְּמַרְאֹת֙ הַצֹּ֣בְאֹ֔ת אֲשֶׁ֣ר צָֽבְא֔וּ פֶּ֖תַח אֹ֥הֶל מוֹעֵֽד׃ 

He made the laver of copper and its stand of copper, from the mirrors of the women who performed tasks, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

What were the dimensions of the Kiyor?

  • The Kiyor was made exclusively out of the women’s copper mirrors. There are no dimensions given for the size of the Kiyor. This is because every single mirror was to be accepted for its construction regardless of how large the Kiyor would end up being.

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