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Exodus 35:1 - 40:38

1 Kings 7:13-26, 7:40-50, 7:51-8:21


This Parashah covers the building of the tabernacle. It is a combination of the two Torah portions so please be sure to watch both videos in the appropriate years. It deals with the review of the Tabernacle, the holy anointing of the Priesthood, and articles of the Mishkan. We also see the importance of graded holiness, the functionality of the altar, the two parts of the "ark of the covenant", and see the importance of understanding faith.

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

48 thoughts on “Torah Portion Vayakhel-Pekudei Complete”

  1. My kids enjoy making tzitzits on Shabbat. Should I continue to let them? They look forward to it as a Shabbat “thing to do”. I hesitate to tell them not to because they listen to the Word or Teaching such as yours while they do it. I only question because of the Rabbinical teaching. Comments anyone?

  2. Marillyn,

    It sounds like you come from an SDA background. I was raised in one so I know all about this wine vs. grape juice. In addition to what Rico pointed out, check out the following verse:

    (speaking of the 2nd tithe to be eaten in Jerusalem during feasts)
    Deu 14:26 And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,

    The Hebrew word for “strong drink” is shekar (Strong’s H7941) which means:

    From H7937; an intoxicant, that is, intensely alcoholic liquor: – strong drink, + drunkard, strong wine.

    Like Rico mentioned, the scriptures do speak negatively about getting drunk and it is certainly not wrong to abstain, but the scriptures do not say that you cannot drink alcohol and there just isn’t any evidence to support the belief that Yeshua created grape juice instead of wine (that probably would not have boded well at a wedding party anyways).

    Hope that helps

  3. Rico brother…strength to you and yours this week! I appreciated the topic today. Over a decade or more has flown by observing Torah and I experience many periods of laziness as time marches on with regard to Shabbat. This week was another stern reminder for me to continue to be agressive and passionate as the leader of my home in keeping this day set apart!
    Peace to you and yours

  4. Rico –
    You mentioned drinking “Kosher wine”. What does that consist of, is it real wine or grape juice? I come from a family where we never had alcohol in our home, and so it doesn’t seem right for me to drink it now. To me that has always represented the world. Could you please tell me what it is you believe about this subject. In the day when Y’shua walked on this earth, do you believe that He drank alcoholic (fermented) wine? My husband and I love your teachings. I especially love the way you talk about the love that you have for your wife and family. Your family is very blessed to have you as their teacher. Keep it coming!
    Marilyn & Marshall Hale (

    1. Well, that is a topic that creates a lot of controversy because some people belief that Yeshua did not drink real wine. I belief that Yeshua did drink real wine but never got drunk. Getting drunk is the problem not drinking wine. If it was grape juice then why not call it grape juice. Anyway, I did ask in Israel if Wine and grape is the same and they said no even the hebrew names are different.

  5. Thank you for taking the time to share your revelation regarding observance of Shabbat! Your words reflect what has been more and more clear lately. This is one of the most edifying Parshas yet! Your work is greatly appreciated, Brother!

  6. Shabbat Shalom Y’all — Thank you Rico, for another great teaching! We are on the same page regarding understanding that the Sabbath cannot be violated to build the Tabernacle, no matter how excited we might be about the project. Another thing to consider about the Sabbath is that it demonstrates that we do not have to work for our salvation, rather we can rest in it because it is sure and true. This concept comes from my reading of Hebrews chapter 4.

    Over the years, there have been several who have fallen away from fellowshipping with us on Shabbat, because they focus on it being a day of rest. But Leviticus 23 clearly says it is a holy convocation, a set-apart gathering. The Brit Chadasha tells us to not forsake gathering together, even more as we see THE DAY (the return of Messiah / the day of YHVH) approaching. With all that is going on in the world at the moment, I believe the approach of the THE DAY is evident. How are we going to build each other’s faith, if we abstain from fellowship?

    I, too, love your T-shirt, by the way. I have a bumper-sticker on my car that says the same thing. If we all lived to bless the heart of our heavenly Father, what a wonderful world it would be! Shalom b’shem haSar Shalom — yl

  7. Shalom Brothers and Sisters, may we all follow our BLESSED ELOHIM FOLLOW HIS (ELOHIM) TORAH and rest in YHVH on his day the SABBATH!!!ISRAEL was scattered in to the world of the gentiles for not following the MITZVOT of the ELOHIM that created us all. ELOHIM knows what man needs to stay HOLY and healthy HE(ELOHIM)is who made what is clean and what is unclean and what is HOLY and what is unholy. ELOHIM alone is he who decides what laws man should follow. Thanks Rico, for showing us how to see this. Thanks again Mike

  8. Rico, thanks for so many nuggets today. Ahhh the smell of baked bread for Shabbat, a beautifully set table, food, bread and wine, family and/or friends! You (we) are so blessed. PtL for Friday evening and Shabbat!
    Your cap… what a statement and conversation starter on Yeshua the Aleph Tav, the Beginning and the End (thanks for this teaching also).

  9. There are not many things so spiritually satisfying as experiencing the peace and contentment that are derived from making the Shabbat table a place from which YHVH is honored on His holy Shabbat. The table in ones’ home is transformed into a type of mizbeach/altar. We love Shabbat. And I love learning from Torah teachers who love Shabbat!

  10. Thanks for teaching us how to balance on the Sabbath because Judaism will put you in bondage. I was taught some of the judaic ways of keeping the Sabbath and became readily discouraged by the individual that was teaching me. I am now free from the bondage and my family and I have balance according to the guidance of the Ruach HaKodesh.

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