Weekly Bible Reading for March 7-13 2021: Vayakhel (And He Assembled); Pekudei (Accounts)

This coming week, March 7-13 2021 (23-29 Adar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Vayakhel (And He Assembled); Pekudei (Accounts)[1]

07 Mar Exodus 35:1-29 2 Chronicles 15:1-17:19 John 4:1-26 Proverbs 16:1-7
08 Mar Exodus 35:30-37:16 2 Chronicles 18:1-19:11 John 5:1-23 Proverbs 16:8-14
09 Mar Exodus 37:17-29 2 Chronicles 20:1-37 John 5:24-47 Proverbs 16:15-21
10 Mar Exodus 38:1-39:1 2 Chronicles 21:1-24:27 John 6:1-21 Proverbs 16:22-28
11 Mar Exodus 39:2-21 2 Chronicles 25:1-26:23 John 6:22-51 Proverbs 16:29-33
12 Mar Exodus 39:22-43 2 Chronicles 27:1-28:27 John 6:52-71 Proverbs 17:1-7
13 Mar Exodus 40:1-38 Exodus 12:1-20; John 7:1-24 Proverbs 17:8-14
Numbers 28:9-15 Ezekiel 45:16-46:18

[1] March 13 is Shabbat HaChodesh (Sabbath of the Month), the Shabbat before the first day of Nisan. Since Nisan is the first month on the Hebrew calendar and the month of Pesach, the special Shabbat HaChodesh Torah reading is Exodus 12:1-20, which explains the commandments regarding Passover. This is in addition to the customary Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) reading of Numbers 28:9-15. The Shabbat HaChodesh Haftarah is Ezekiel 45:16-46:18, which specifies the offerings to happen in the Millennial Temple during Messiah’s reign.

The complete annual Bible reading plan for 2020-21 (Hebrew year 5781) is available at this link:

Fox Byte 5775 #22-23: Vayakhel (And He Assembled) / Pekudei (Accounts Of)

וַיַּקְהֵל / פְקוּדֵיּ

The Traveler (Eric Menyuk) and Wesley (Wil Wheaton) discuss the connection of Space and Time and Thought in "Where No One Has Gone Before" (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 5.  Photo from The Viewscreen.)
The Traveler (Eric Menyuk) and Wesley (Wil Wheaton) discuss the connection of Space and Time and Thought in “Where No One Has Gone Before” (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Episode 5. Photo from The Viewscreen.)

What is the secret of the success of Star Trek?  Since 1966 three generations of science fiction fans have followed the adventures of four separate crews on the starship Enterprise, as well as other heroes of Gene Roddenberry’s creation through six TV series and 12 movies.  There must be something more to the Star Trek universe than adventure stories, special visual effects, and outlandish aliens.  Perhaps it is that Star Trek provides us with an opportunity to imagine, to push the boundaries of what is “real”, at least according to what we encounter in our everyday lives.

Certainly that was a key ingredient in the original series, the popularity of which has long outlived the three short seasons it was on the air.  In 1987, Star Trek:  The Next Generation picked up the mantle and carried on that boundary-pushing tradition.  In “Where No One Has Gone Before”, the fifth episode of its first season, a propulsion expert named Kosinski (Stanley Kamel) comes aboard the USS Enterprise to make modifications to the ship’s engines that will enhance their performance.  What we soon learn is that Mr. Kosinski’s equations are meaningless by themselves; the real power behind the modifications is the presence of Kosinski’s assistant, an alien known only as the Traveler (Eric Menyuk).  In the first test, the Enterprise moves faster than ever thought possible into a region of space far beyond our galaxy, a result which astonishes not only the ship’s officers, but Kosinski as well.  Only young Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton) notices the Traveler’s role in the proceedings.  As the officers argue among themselves, he draws near to the Traveler to learn the truth.  Their conversation includes a very interesting bit of dialogue:

Wesley:  Is Mister Kosinski like he sounds?  A joke?

Traveler:  No, that’s too cruel.  He has sensed some small part of it.

Wesley:  That space and time and thought aren’t the separate things they appear to be?  I just thought the formula you were using said something like that.

Later in the episode, the Traveler explains, “You do understand, don’t you that thought is the basis of all reality?  The energy of thought, to put it in your terms, is very powerful.”  And with that we have an articulation from a fantastic science fiction television show of a profound truth first explained by Moses 3,500 years ago.

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