This week’s Torah portion of VaYakhel discusses once again the Mishkan (tabernacle). In parallel, we are also reading the seasonal Shekalim portion about annual donations to the maintenance of the tabernacle or temple services. These readings raise the problem of spending money on aesthetics rather than on immediate human needs. In this podcast, Rabbi Ancselovits addresses that question by examining the details both of the tabernacle’s laver that was covered by women’s mirrors and of washing hands in the Temple and in life.
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