Shabbat Vayakhel / Pikudei (Ex. 35:1-38:20 / 38:21-40:38)
I had a hard time gathering my wits this week, and couldn’t bring myself to construct an artistic summary of the portion. No matter how hard I hammered the block of wood I call a brain, I couldn’t weave together anything that would mirror my thoughts. I’d sit at my desk for hours, fingers tented and looking for some kind of hook. My ideas seemed to hover just out of reach, cloudy and insubstantial. In the end, I had to pray for everyone to redeem my lack of worth.
Oh wait, I think I *did* just summarize the parsha. Although you may have to read the portion to see how.
But never the less: Limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring a food which is assembled.