Parashat Vayakhel

On Matters Of The Heart

The image of Israelites, whose hearts moved them, donating gifts to the Tabernacle, inspires us to consider the meaning of having a heart that is moved.

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The text states: "Everyone who excelled in ability and everyone whose spirit moved him" (Exodus 35:21) responded to Moses' command. Characterize both groups. In what way do they differ? Is one group better than the other?

What can we do to involve those people whose hearts are not moved to respond to the needs of the Jewish community? How can we "resuscitate" these people?

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Michelle Rose Young is the Jewish Educator at Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta.