Questioning faith in the parsha
Vayak’hel, Exodus 35:1-21
1 Moses then convoked the whole Israelite community and said to them: These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do:
2 On six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on it shall be put to death.
3 You shall kindle no fire throughout your settlements on the sabbath day.
4 Moses said further to the whole community of Israelites:
This is what the Lord has commanded:
5 Take from among you gifts to the Lord; everyone whose heart so moves him shall bring them — gifts for the Lord: gold, silver, and copper;
6 blue, purple, and crimson yarns, fine linen, and goats’ hair;
7 tanned ram skins, dolphin skins, and acacia wood;
8 oil for lighting, spices for the anointing oil and for the aromatic incense;
9 lapis lazuli and other stones for setting, for the ephod and the breastpiece.
10 And let all among you who are skilled come and make all that the Lord has commanded:
11 the Tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its clasps and its planks, its bars, its posts, and its sockets; 12 the ark and its poles, the cover, and the curtain for the screen;
13 the table, and its poles and all its utensils; and the bread of display;
14 the lampstand for lighting, its furnishings and its lamps, and the oil for lighting;
15 the altar of incense and its poles; the anointing oil and the aromatic incense; and the entrance screen for the entrance of the Tabernacle;
16 the altar of burnt offering, its copper grating, its poles, and all its furnishings; the laver and its stand;
17 the hangings of the enclosure, its posts and its sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court;
18 the pegs for the Tabernacle, the pegs for the enclosure, and their cords;
19 the service vestments for officiating in the sanctuary, the sacral vestments of Aaron the priest and the vestments of his sons for priestly service.
20 So the whole community of the Israelites left Moses’ presence.
21 And everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him came, bringing to the Lord his offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting and for all its service and for the sacral vestments.