Shabbat Vayakhel-Pikudei (Ex. 35:1-40:38)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and

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.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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