Rosh Chodesh – The Blessings

The Hebrew The Transliteration Yihi ratzon milefanekha, HaShem Eloheinu veilohei avoteinu, shetechadesh aleinu et ha-chodesh hazeh le-tovah ve-livrakhah.  Vetiten lanu chayim arukhim chayim shel shalom, chayim shel tovah, chayim shel berakhah, chayim shel parnasah, chayim shel chillutz atzamot, chayim sheyeish bahem yirat shamayim veyirat cheit, chayim she’ein bahem boshah ukhlimah,…

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Parsha Thought – Vayakhel

This weeks Torah portion begins with Moshe calling the entire congregation of Israel together. This is where the title is derived from, “And he assembled”. We begin reading about Shabbat being set aside and then donations of the people for the building of the Mishkan (The Tabernacle). Note that it makes clear that the donations were from those who’s heart moved them, indicating a voluntary donation.

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