Friday, March 9, 2018

Shabbat Around the Table -- Vayakhel-Pekudei and Good Deeds Day

http://www.good-deeds-day.org/
In this week's parsha, Vayakhel-Pekudei, the Israelites are commanded to build the Mishkan, or portable sanctuary. They donate such quantities of precious metals, precious stones, fabrics, animal skins, wood, herbs, and oils that Moses has to tell them to "stop doing work for the offering of the Holy." The people are described as "wise hearted" and "generous hearted." They are people whose "hearts uplifted and inspired" them. Such was their desire to contribute to the building of a sacred space that they gave more than what was strictly needed.



What a good problem to have. And what a valuable lesson to impart. We can give for all sorts of reasons, and sometimes we give because we want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Whether we're donating resources or our time, giving provides us with the opportunity to build stronger connections with our community. Working together to do good brings us together in more ways the one.

Click on the link above to learn more about Good Deeds Day and how you and your family can give to your community. Agudas Achim Congregation will be participating; stay tuned for more information!

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