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Parsha Pekudei

Parsha Pekudei

Parsha Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י, the final portion of the Book of Exodus (Shemot), is the 23rd reading in the annual cycle and the 11th in the book of Exodus (Shemot). I found six different ways to spell it – PekudeiPekudePekudeyP’kude, Pequdei or P’qude.

Parsha Pekudei Summary

Parsha Pekudei, the final portion of the Book of Exodus (Exodus 38:21–40:38), concludes the detailed account of the construction of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.

Parsha Pekudei teaches lessons of craftsmanship, dedication, and reverence for Yehovah. It emphasizes the importance of fulfilling sacred tasks with precision and devotion. It serves as a reminder of the significance of sacred spaces and communal worship in nurturing a deep and meaningful relationship with Yehovah.

Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י, is the second word in verse twenty-one. Its verbal root word is paqad and means, “attend to, visit, muster, or appoint.”  The noun form here means musterings, or expenses. In the JPS, used here, it is translated as the accounts of. See it below.

אֵ֣לֶּה פְקוּדֵ֤י הַמִּשְׁכָּן֙ מִשְׁכַּ֣ן הָֽעֵדֻ֔ת אֲשֶׁ֥ר פֻּקַּ֖ד עַל־פִּ֣י מֹשֶׁ֑ה עֲבֹדַת֙ הַֽלְוִיִּ֔ם בְּיַד֙ אִֽיתָמָ֔ר בֶּֽן־אַֽהֲרֹ֖ן הַכֹּהֵֽן

Parsha Pekudei Readings

Torah: Exodus (Shemot) 38.21 – 40.38
Halftorah: 1 Kings 7.51-8.21 (Ash)
1 Kings 7.40-50 (Sep)
Renewed Covenant: Hebews 8.1-12

Parsha Pekudei Aliyah

First reading — Exodus (Shemot) 38.21-39:1
Second reading — Exodus (Shemot) 39.2-21
Third reading — Exodus (Shemot) 39.22-32
Fourth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 39.33-43
Fifth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 40.1-16
Sixth reading — Exodus (Shemot) 40.17-27
Seventh reading — Exodus (Shemot) 40.28-38

Parsha Pekudei Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 4,432
  • Hebrew words – 1,182
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 92
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll – 159
  • Double Count – 0
  • Scribal Practices – 0
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  • Number of Mitzvot in Parsha Pekudei – 0
  • Maimonides says: 0
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  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 0
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Parsha Pekudei Scriptures

<strong>A1:</strong> 38.21 - 39.1<strong>A2:</strong> 39.2 - 21<strong>A3:</strong> 39.22 - 32<strong>A4:</strong> 39.33 <strong>-</strong> 43<strong>A5:</strong> 40.1 - 16<strong>A6:</strong> 40.17 - 27<strong>A7:</strong> 40.28 - 38<strong>Halftorah:</strong> 1 Kings 7.40 - 8.21 <strong>Brit Chadashah</strong>: Hebrews 8:1 - 12

Exodus (Shemot) 38.21 – 31 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 1)

Exo 38:21 These are the accounts of the tabernacle, even the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were rendered according to the commandment of Moses, through the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest. –
Exo 38:22 And Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 38:23 And with him was Oholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a craftsman, and a skilful workman, and a weaver in colours, in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen. –
Exo 38:24 All the gold that was used for the work in all the work of the sanctuary, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
Exo 38:25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was a hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and three-score and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:
Exo 38:26 a beka a head, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that passed over to them that are numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.
Exo 38:27 And the hundred talents of silver were for casting the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the veil: a hundred sockets for the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.
Exo 38:28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their capitals, and made fillets for them.
Exo 38:29 And the brass of the offering was seventy talents and two thousand and four hundred shekels.
Exo 38:30 And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tent of meeting, and the brazen altar, and the brazen grating for it, and all the vessels of the altar,
Exo 38:31 and the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the gate of the court, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.

Exodus (Shemot) 39.1 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 1)

Exo 39:1  And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made plaited garments, for ministering in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron, as the LORD commanded Moses.

Exodus (Shemot) 39.2 – 21 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 2)

Exo 39:2 And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
Exo 39:3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into threads, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, the work of the skilful workman.
Exo 39:4 They made shoulder-pieces for it, joined together; at the two ends was it joined together.
Exo 39:5 And the skilfully woven band, that was upon it, wherewith to gird it on, was of the same piece and like the work thereof: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 39:6 And they wrought the onyx stones, inclosed in settings of gold, graven with the engravings of a signet, according to the names of the children of Israel.
Exo 39:7 And he put them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, to be stones of memorial for the children of Israel, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 39:8 And he made the breastplate, the work of the skilful workman, like the work of the ephod: of gold, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
Exo 39:9 It was four-square; they made the breastplate double; a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being double.
Exo 39:10 And they set in it four rows of stones: a row of carnelian, topaz, and smaragd was the first row.
Exo 39:11 And the second row, a carbuncle, a sapphire, and an emerald.
Exo 39:12 And the third row, a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst.
Exo 39:13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper; they were inclosed in fittings of gold in their settings.
Exo 39:14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one according to his name, for the twelve tribes.
Exo 39:15 And they made upon the breastplate plaited chains, of wreathen work of pure gold.
Exo 39:16 And they made two settings of gold, and two gold rings; and put the two rings on the two ends of the breastplate.
Exo 39:17 And they put the two wreathen chains of gold on the two rings at the ends of the breastplate.
Exo 39:18 And the other two ends of the two wreathen chains they put on the two settings, and put them on the shoulder-pieces of the ephod, in the forepart thereof.
Exo 39:19 And they made two rings of gold, and put them upon the two ends of the breastplate, upon the edge thereof, which was toward the side of the ephod inward.
Exo 39:20 And they made two rings of gold, and put them on the two shoulder-pieces of the ephod underneath, in the forepart thereof, close by the coupling thereof, above the skilfully woven band of the ephod.
Exo 39:21 And they did bind the breastplate by the rings thereof unto the rings of the ephod with a thread of blue, that it might be upon the skilfully woven band of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Exodus (Shemot) 39.22–32 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 3)

Exo 39:22 And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue;
Exo 39:23 and the hole of the robe in the midst thereof, as the hole of a coat of mail, with a binding round about the hole of it, that it should not be rent.
Exo 39:24 And they made upon the skirts of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.
Exo 39:25 And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the skirts of the robe round about, between the pomegranates:
Exo 39:26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, upon the skirts of the robe round about, to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 39:27 And they made the tunics of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,
Exo 39:28 and the mitre of fine linen, and the goodly head-tires of fine linen, and the linen breeches of fine twined linen,
Exo 39:29 and the girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, the work of the weaver in colours; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 39:30 And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like the engravings of a signet: HOLY TO THE LORD.
Exo 39:31 And they tied unto it a thread of blue, to fasten it upon the mitre above; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 39:32 Thus was finished all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting; and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

Exodus (Shemot) 39.33 – 43 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 4)

Exo 39:33 And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the Tent, and all its furniture, its clasps, its boards, its bars, and its pillars, and its sockets;
Exo 39:34 and the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of sealskins, and the veil of the screen;
Exo 39:35 the ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the ark-cover;
Exo 39:36 the table, all the vessels thereof, and the showbread;
Exo 39:37 the pure candlestick, the lamps thereof, even the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for the light;
Exo 39:38 and the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the screen for the door of the Tent;
Exo 39:39 the brazen altar, and its grating of brass, its staves, and all its vessels, the laver and its base;
Exo 39:40 the hangings of the court, its pillars, and its sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court, the cords thereof, and the pins thereof, and all the instruments of the service of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting;
Exo 39:41 the plaited garments for ministering in the holy place; the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office.
Exo 39:42 According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work.
Exo 39:43 And Moses saw all the work, and, behold, they had done it; as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it. And Moses blessed them.

Exodus (Shemot) 40.1–16 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 5)

Exo 40:1 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Exo 40:2 ‘On the first day of the first month shalt thou rear up the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
Exo 40:3 And thou shalt put therein the ark of the testimony, and thou shalt screen the ark with the veil.
Exo 40:4 And thou shalt bring in the table, and set in order the bread that is upon it; and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and light the lamps thereof.
Exo 40:5 And thou shalt set the golden altar for incense before the ark of the testimony, and put the screen of the door to the tabernacle.
Exo 40:6 And thou shalt set the altar of burnt-offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting.
Exo 40:7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar, and shalt put water therein.
Exo 40:8 And thou shalt set up the court round about, and hang up the screen of the gate of the court.
Exo 40:9 And thou shalt take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle, and all that is therein, and shalt hallow it, and all the furniture thereof; and it shall be holy.
Exo 40:10 And thou shalt anoint the altar of burnt-offering, and all its vessels, and sanctify the altar; and the altar shall be most holy.
Exo 40:11 And thou shalt anoint the laver and its base, and sanctify it.
Exo 40:12 And thou shalt bring Aaron and his sons unto the door of the tent of meeting, and shalt wash them with water.
Exo 40:13 And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments; and thou shalt anoint him, and sanctify him, that he may minister unto Me in the priest’s office.
Exo 40:14 And thou shalt bring his sons, and put tunics upon them.
Exo 40:15 And thou shalt anoint them, as thou didst anoint their father, that they may minister unto Me in the priest’s office; and their anointing shall be to them for an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.’
Exo 40:16 Thus did Moses; according to all that the LORD commanded him, so did he.

Exodus (Shemot) 40.17-27 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 6)

Exo 40:17 And it came to pass in the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month, that the tabernacle was reared up.
Exo 40:18 And Moses reared up the tabernacle, and laid its sockets, and set up the boards thereof, and put in the bars thereof, and reared up its pillars.
Exo 40:19 And he spread the tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent above upon it; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:20 And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the ark-cover above upon the ark.
Exo 40:21 And he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the veil of the screen, and screened the ark of the testimony; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:22 And he put the table in the tent of meeting, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the veil.
Exo 40:23 And he set a row of bread in order upon it before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:24 And he put the candlestick in the tent of meeting, over against the table, on the side of the tabernacle southward.
Exo 40:25 And he lighted the lamps before the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:26 And he put the golden altar in the tent of meeting before the veil;
Exo 40:27 and he burnt thereon incense of sweet spices; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Exodus (Shemot) 40.28-38 (Parsha Pekudei, Aliyah 7)

Exo 40:28 And he put the screen of the door to the tabernacle.
Exo 40:29 And the altar of burnt-offering he set at the door of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered upon it the burnt-offering and the meal-offering; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:30 And he set the laver between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put water therein, wherewith to wash;
Exo 40:31 that Moses and Aaron and his sons might wash their hands and their feet thereat;
Exo 40:32 when they went into the tent of meeting, and when they came near unto the altar, they should wash; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Exo 40:33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the screen of the gate of the court. So Moses finished the work.

Exo 40:34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Exo 40:35 And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of meeting, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. –
Exo 40:36 And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward, throughout all their journeys.
Exo 40:37 But if the cloud was not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
Exo 40:38 For the cloud of the LORD was upon the tabernacle by day, and there was fire therein by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys. –

1 Kings 7.51-8.21 (Ash) | 1 Kings 7.40-50 (Sep)

1 Kings 7.40-51 (Parsha Pekudei, Halftorah)

1Ki 7:40 And Hiram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram made an end of doing all the work that he wrought for king Solomon in the house of the LORD:
1Ki 7:41  the two pillars, and the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the two networks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars;
1Ki 7:42  and the four hundred pomegranates for the two networks, two rows of pomegranates for each network, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars;
1Ki 7:43  and the ten bases, and the ten lavers on the bases;
1Ki 7:44  and the one sea, and the twelve oxen under the sea;
1Ki 7:45  and the pots, and the shovels, and the basins; even all these vessels, which Hiram made for king Solomon, in the house of the LORD, were of burnished brass.
1Ki 7:46  In the plain of the Jordan did the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zarethan.
1Ki 7:47  And Solomon left all the vessels unweighed, because they were exceeding many; the weight of the brass could not be found out.
1Ki 7:48  And Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of the LORD: the golden altar, and the table whereupon the showbread was, of gold;
1Ki 7:49  and the candlesticks, five on the right side, and five on the left, before the Sanctuary, of pure gold; and the flowers, and the lamps, and the tongs, of gold;
1Ki 7:50  and the cups, and the snuffers, and the basins, and the pans, and the fire-pans, of pure gold; and the hinges, both for the doors of the inner house, the most holy place, and for the doors of the house, that is, of the temple, of gold.
1Ki 7:51  Thus all the work that king Solomon wrought in the house of the LORD was finished. And Solomon brought in the things which David his father had dedicated, the silver, and the gold, and the vessels, and put them in the treasuries of the house of the LORD.

1 Kings 8.1-21 (Parsha Pekudei, Halftorah)

1Ki 8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the princes of the fathers’ houses of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
1Ki 8:2  And all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto king Solomon at the feast, in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month.
1Ki 8:3  And all the elders of Israel came, and the priests took up the ark.
1Ki 8:4  And they brought up the ark of the LORD, and the tent of meeting, and all the holy vessels that were in the Tent; even these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
1Ki 8:5  And king Solomon and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.
1Ki 8:6  And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD unto its place, into the Sanctuary of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim.
1Ki 8:7  For the cherubim spread forth their wings over the place of the ark, and the cherubim covered the ark and the staves thereof above.
1Ki 8:8  And the staves were so long that the ends of the staves were seen from the holy place, even before the Sanctuary; but they could not be seen without; and there they are unto this day.
1Ki 8:9  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel when they came out of the land of Egypt.
1Ki 8:10  And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD,
1Ki 8:11  so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD.

1Ki 8:12  Then spoke Solomon: The LORD hath said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
1Ki 8:13  I have surely built Thee a house of habitation, a place for Thee to dwell in for ever.
1Ki 8:14  And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel; and all the congregation of Israel stood.
1Ki 8:15  And he said: ‘Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who spoke with His mouth unto David my father, and hath with His hand fulfilled it, saying:
1Ki 8:16  Since the day that I brought forth My people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build a house, that My name might be there; but I chose David to be over My people Israel.
1Ki 8:17  Now it was in the heart of David my father to build a house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
1Ki 8:18  But the LORD said unto David my father: Whereas it was in thy heart to build a house for My name, thou didst well that it was in thy heart;
1Ki 8:19  nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house for My name.
1Ki 8:20  And the LORD hath established His word that He spoke; for I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel.
1Ki 8:21  And there have I set a place for the ark, wherein is the covenant of the LORD, which He made with our fathers, when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.’

Hebrews 8:1-12 (Parsha Pekudei, Renewed Covenant)

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.
Heb 8:3  For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Heb 8:4  For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
Heb 8:5  Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
Heb 8:7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
Heb 8:8  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
Heb 8:9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
Heb 8:12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

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  • Vaeira – 14th Parsha – Ex. 6.2 – 9.35
  • Bo – 15th Parsha – Ex. 10.1 – 13.16
  • Beshalach – 16th Parsha – Ex. 13.17 – 17.16
  • Yitro – 17th Parsha – Ex. 18.1 – 20.23 (26)
  • Mishpatim – 18th Parsha – Ex. 21.1 – 24.18
  • Terumah – 19th Parsha – Ex. 25.1 – 27.19
  • Tetzaveh – 20th Parsha – Ex. 27.20 – 30-10
  • Ki Tisa– 21st Parsha – Ex. 30.11 – 34.35
  • Vayakhel – 22nd Parsha – Ex. 35.1 -38.20
  • Pekudei – 23rd Parsha – Ex. 38.21 – 40.38
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