This week's Torah reading, Vayakel, and next week's too are all about the utensils and accoutrements of the Sanctuary that traveled with the Jewish people for the 40 years in the desert (see articles 4, 6, 7)

except for this week's opening three verses, which teaches primary principles about the holy Shabbat and its observance (see articles 3, 4, 5). An additional section about the half-shekel is also read (see our lead article).