Vayachel + Pekudei 5781 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

The tenth and eleventh portions of the book of Sh’mot/Exodus are Vayachel and Pekudei, which mean “He Assembled” and “Accounts.” This is the first double portion of the year, pairing the 22nd and 23rd Torah Portions.

Torah: Exodus 35:1 – 38:20, 38:21 – 40:38
Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:18 – 46:15; Samuel I 20:18; Samuel I 20:42
Apostolic: 2 Corinthians 3:1-18, Ephesians 2:17-22

This Haftarah Portion is the special Shabbat HaChodesh.

Shabbat HaChodesh (“Sabbath [of the] month” שבת החודש) precedes the first of the Hebrew month of Nisan during which Passover is celebrated. Exodus 12:1-20 and the laws of Passover. On the first day of Nisan, G-d presented the first commandment of how to “sanctify the new moon” (kiddush hachodesh) for the onset of Rosh Chodesh and thus Nisan becomes the first month of the Jewish year (counting by months.)

You can read or listen to the portions below:

Haftarah

Ezekiel 45:18 – 46:15;

“ Adonai Elohim says this: ‘On the first day of the first month you are to take a young bull without defect and purify the sanctuary. The cohen will take some of the blood from the sin offering and put it on the door-frames of the house, on the four corners of the altar’s ledge and on the supports of the gate of the inner courtyard. You are also to do this on the seventh day of the month for everyone who has sinned inadvertently or through ignorance. Thus you will make atonement for the house. “‘On the fourteenth day of the first month you are to have the Pesach, a feast seven days long; matzah will be eaten. On that day the prince will provide, for himself and for all the people of the land, a young bull as a sin offering. On the seven days of the feast he is to provide a burnt offering for The LORD, seven young bulls and seven rams without defect daily for the seven days, and a male goat daily as a sin offering. He is to provide as a grain offering a bushel [of grain] for a young bull and a bushel for a ram, and for each bushel [of grain] a gallon of olive oil. “‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, during the feast [of Sukkot] he is to do the same thing for those seven days in regard to the sin offerings, burnt offerings, grain offerings and olive oil.’

46

“This is what The LORD Elohim says: ‘The east gate of the inner courtyard is to be shut on the six working days, but on Shabbat it is to be opened, and on Rosh-Hodesh it is to be opened. The prince is to enter by way of the outer vestibule of the gate and stand by the support of the gate. The cohanim are to prepare his burnt offering and peace offerings. Then he is to prostrate himself in worship at the threshold of the gate, after which he is to leave; but the gate is not to be shut until evening. The people of the land are also to prostrate themselves in worship before The LORD at the entrance to that gate on Shabbat and on Rosh-Hodesh. “‘The burnt offering the prince is to offer The LORD on Shabbat is to consist of six lambs without defect and a ram without defect. The grain offering is to be a bushel for the ram, while for the lambs it can be as much as he wants to give; with a gallon of olive oil per eifah. On Rosh-Hodesh it is to be a young bull, six lambs and a ram, all without defect. He is to prepare a grain offering consisting of a bushel for the bull, a bushel for the ram, and for the lambs as his means allow; with a gallon of olive oil per bushel. “‘When the prince enters, he is to go in by way of the vestibule of the gate, and he is to leave the same way. But when the people of the land come before Adonai at the designated times, whoever comes in to worship by way of the north gate is to leave by way of the south gate, and whoever comes in by way of the south gate is to leave by way of the north gate; he is not to go back out through the gate by which he entered but is to exit straight ahead of him. [On these occasions,] the prince is to be among them when they enter; and when they leave, they are to leave together. “‘At the festivals and at designated times, the grain offering is to be a bushel for a young bull and a bushel for a ram, while for the lambs it can be as much as he wants to give, with a gallon of olive oil per bushel. “‘When the prince provides a voluntary offering, whether it is a burnt offering or peace offerings that he offers voluntarily to The LORD, someone is to open the east gate for him; and he is to provide his burnt offering and peace offerings as he does on Shabbat. Then he will leave; and after he leaves, the gate is to be shut. “‘You are to provide a lamb in its first year that has no defect for a daily burnt offering to The LORD; do this each morning. Also each morning, provide with it a grain offering, one-sixth of a bushel, and one-third of a gallon of olive oil to moisten the fine flour; this is the ongoing grain offering for The LORD, by a permanent regulation. Thus they will offer a lamb, a grain offering and oil each morning as the ongoing burnt offering.’

Samuel I 20:18

Y’honatan said to him, “Tomorrow is Rosh-Hodesh , and you will be missed, because your seat will be empty.

Samuel I 20:42

Y’honatan said to David, “Go in peace; because we have sworn, both of us, in the name of The LORD, that Adonai will be between me and you, and between my descendants and yours, forever.”

Apostolic Writings

2 Corinthians 5:1-10

We know that when the tent which houses us here on earth is torn down, we have a permanent building from G-d, a building not made by human hands, to house us in heaven. For in this tent, our earthly body, we groan with desire to have around us the home from heaven that will be ours. With this around us we will not be found naked. Yes, while we are in this body, we groan with the sense of being oppressed: it is not so much that we want to take something off, but rather to put something on over it; so that what must die may be swallowed up by the Life. Moreover, it is G-d who has prepared us for this very thing, and as a pledge he has given us his Spirit. So we are always confident — we know that so long as we are at home in the body, we are away from our home with the Lord; for we live by trust, not by what we see. We are confident, then, and would much prefer to leave our home in the body and come to our home with the Lord. Therefore, whether at home or away from home, we try our utmost to please him; for we must all appear before the Messiah’s court of judgment, where everyone will receive the good or bad consequences of what he did while he was in the body.

Ephesians 2:17-22

Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby, news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with G-d’s people and members of G-d’s family. You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself. In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling-place for G-d!


Hebcal Source for Haftarah

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Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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