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Acharei Mot – Kedoshem

We have a double portion this week. The 29th reading Acharei Mot אַֽחֲרֵ֣י מ֔וֹת and the 30th reading Kedoshem קְדשִׁ֣ים are combined to create our third double reading during the annual reading cycle, also it is the second in Leviticus (Vayikra). This double reading occurs in the years 2021, 2023, 2025, 2026, 2028, 2029, 2031, 2032,  and 2034.

Acharei Mot/ Kedoshim parsha summary

Acharei Mot reaches back to chapter ten and picks up the narrative “from the death” of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. God speaks to Moses to instruct Aaron concerning the Yom Kippur service. God continues His discourse, this time His instructions are addressed to Aaron, his sons and all of Israel about eating the blood of animals. Afterwards, God provides instruction the to entire nation concerning sexual relationships. This ends parsha Acharei Mot.

Vayakhel – Pekudei

We have a double portion this week. The 22nd reading Vayakhel וַיַּקְהֵ֣ל and the 23rd reading Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י are combined to create our first double reading. This is typical during a normal reading cycle. This week’s reading brings us to the conclusion of the book of Exodus (Shemot).

Vayakhel / Pekudei parsha summary

In parsha Vayakhel, we begin with Moses assembling the entire Israelite community and he provides instructions about lighting a fire on the Sabbath. From here he provides the instructions on the collection of the materials for the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Afterwords, he  selects Betzalel and Chur as the architects for the construction of the mishkan.