Shabbos Vayakhail Pekudai

Shabbos Chazak Venischazaik

Shabbos Mevorchim Chodesh Nissan

Sholom Uvrcoho!


BARUCH HASHEM we continue to Thank and Praise Hashem Yisborach for all his nissim and wonders!


Serving Hashem every day in the place called "freedom" renews our Thanks and Praise to Hashem Yisborach for his infinite chessed and rachamim to be freed from the place called "prison" and to be reunited with my family and Klal Yisroel with such ACHDUS and SIMCHA!


BARUCH HASHEM whenever I have the zechus to speak and publicize the great ness that Hashem made on Zois Chanuka, I see how Yidden are rejoicing with me with the same joy as if it happened just a moment ago.


Whether I am sitting in a car, walking in the street, or addressing the public, the Unity and Love shown is so powerful and True that it reveals the true ONENESS that is our True Existence.


The Brocho and Nissim our Unity brings surely inspire us to continue the Ahavas Yisroel and Achdus Yisroel with an even greater measure to bring our geuloh shlaimoh now with Moshiach Tzidkainu!


The Power of Unity is the lesson we learn from the Names of the two Parsha's “Vayakhail Pekudai” that we read this week.


We know that the Name of the Parsha actually reveals the inner meaning of the whole Parsha. So, first let’s review what each Parsha teaches us and then let's see if their name is appropriate!?

“Vayakhail” means "to gather together".  Actually, there a many words in Loshoin Koidesh which mean "gathering together", but “Vayakhail” has an even stronger meaning as it means "gathering many parts together to make ONE KOHOL"! There could be a gathering together where all the parts remain separate, but “Vayakhail” means to gather together the different parts until they all become ONE KOHOL!


“Vayakhail” speaks about how Yidden made all the different and dissimilar parts of the holy Mishkon and the different Holy Vessels in the Mishkon.


“Pekudai” means “Counting”. In order to count things, each individual thing is separated from the others in order to be counted. Yet, after the preface of the total sum of the Gold, Silver and Copper which was used for the various parts of the Mishkon, the Parsha teaches us how the Yidden GATHERED all the parts TOGETHER to Moishe Rabbainu and How Moishe Rabbainu put together all the parts to make it ONE MISHKON that became the DWELLING PLACE FOR THE HOLY SHECHINAH.

According to this, it seems like the content of each Parsha is the Opposite of its name!


Since Parshas Vayakhail is about how each individual part of the Mishkon was made, the focus seems to be on the individuality, so, how does “Vayakhail” (which emphasizes the perfect unity of the “Kohol”! ) bring out the importance of “Individuality” each individual thing?!

Also, since Parshas Pekudai speaks about the “Putting Together” all the parts of the Mishkon to become ONE Mishkon! How does “Pekudai” -Counting- (which emphasizes the separation of each thing) which is the opposite of counting each individual thing for itself!


The explanation given teaches us a tremendous lesson on the meaning and importance of “Achdus” :)

There are 3 different ways to understand the 1 unit which is put together in many parts.


  1. Each part is not an existence of its own. Rather, after its existence is made when it becomes one unit as a sum total of all parts together. 

  2. Each individual part is an existence of its own. It's only that through uniting all individual parts together, a NEW existence is created, one that was not there before. (Similar to the Kedusha that happens when 10 Yidden come together. Each Yid is holy, but a greater level of Kedusha is reached when 10 Yidden come together.)

  3. Each individual part does Not have an importance of existence on its own, but when they are united into one unit, then each part has an importance on its own! (a Good Example is from the Mishkon and Bais Hamikdosh itself! BEFORE the Mishkon was made, there was NO holiness by itself on the courtyard area etc., but AFTER the Mishkon was made, there is an individual level of Kedusha for the Various parts of the Mishkon which is in ADDITION to the general kedusha of the whole Mishkon!)



This explains why the name “Vayakhail”, which means “Making one Congregation” is the name of the Parsha even though it discusses the making of the INDIVIDUAL parts of the Mishkon.


Because, before there was the WHOLE Mishkon in its entirety, each vessel or part did not have any importance by itself! Their whole importance was that they were a PART of the Mishkon as ONE WHOLE! The Individual Part/Vessel received a level of importance only thru being “Gathered Together” and Becoming a part of the WHOLE MISHKON, which is brought out in the name “Vayakhail”


Then comes the Lesson from Parshas ‘Pekudai’

“Pekudai” Means “Counting”. The Counting Process focuses on the importance of each parts individual importance, which is attained AFTER the work of making the Mishkon was completed. After ALL the Individual Parts of the Mishkon were Assembled as ONE, that is when each individual part of the Mishkon received its own individual Importance :) Because, After the whole Mishkon is made, that is when each vessel receives its own “Chashivus” -Importance-.


Every Inyan in the Torah is Eternal! And its lesson is eternal :)


On one hand, we say that ALL Yidden are one “Tzibur” -Congregation-. All Yidden are ONE Unit (Body). And when there is something missing by one yid, its felt by the Whole Unit (Body).

On the other hand, every Yid is a whole world! Every Yid Must Say the whole world was created for him.


“Vayakhail” and “Pekudai” explain how these two seemingly contradictory points are actually one!


A Yid could think to himself that the first thing is that he is an existence onto himself, meaning he has his own avoidah and his own purpose which he needs to focus on first! And then in ADDITION to that, he will include himself with the rest of Klal Yisroel.


So, Parshas Vayakhail teaches him that when one goes to make the vessels/parts of the “Mishkon” for Hashem, which is the making of each individual Vessel/part of the Mishkon, each one having their unique and individual character to serve Hashem, their ‘importance’ was only achieved when they became a part of the WHOLE Mishkon as one! Practically this means; The FIRST POINT is to include himself with ALL yidden as in Vayakhail. This is why, BEFORE the Yid Begins Davening, he includes himself with all yidden by saying “Haraini Mekabel Olai Mitzvas Asai Shel Veoihavtoh Leraiacho Komoicho” which is he unites himself with ALL Yidden :)


On the other hand; it's possible for a person to become so involved with the Tzibur that he forgets about doing his own Avoidah! And he forgoes his own Shlaimus and does for the klal. This is why he needs the lesson from Parshas Pekudai!


Pekudai teaches us that the way to assemble the Mishkon is by bringing all the parts individually to Moshe Rabbeinu, who makes the whole Mishkon with each individual part, which brings a special importance into each part for its own! Through being part of the Mishkon as a whole, there is also the shlaimus for every yid as an individual!


Most years “Vayakhail and Pekudai” are read in the same week! Because we need to have BOTH :)


We need to know that the first thing is to include ourselves with ALL YIDDEN as ONE! Our importance cannot be achieved by ourselves! We can only achieve importance when we include ourselves with ALL the parts of the Mishkon! When we include ourselves with ALL Yidden who have their individual unique Maalois then we all become a part of ONE KOHOL!


But, becoming a part of a WHOLE KOHOL does not mean we don’t have our own unique Kedusha!
ADERABAH, AFTER the Mishkan is made, then each individual Part and Vessel receives their own Kedusha which was not attainable before.


The lesson is simple and powerful.


We see the tremendous brochos and nissim we achieved through our being united as one.









- Sholom Mordechai Halevi Ben Avrohom Aharon Sheyichye