This week, the double portion of Vayakhel-Pekudei is read. Vayakhel means “and he assembled,” and Pekudei means “reckonings” or “accountings.”
In Vayakhel, the men and women donated an abundance of precious metals and materials used for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), including gold, silver, and copper, as well as dyed wool, linen, goat hair, animal skins, wood, olive oil, spices, and precious stones. They brought more than enough gifts—so many, that Moses had to ask them to stop giving.
In Pekudei, a detailed accounting is given of the gold, silver, and copper contributed and used for the construction of the Mishkan. In this way, the people knew exactly how the money was spent. By giving this accounting, Moses showed the people that he had integrity, thus avoiding and removing any suspicion that he had benefited personally from the donations that had been given. Furthermore, if Moses did have ulterior motives of gaining personal wealth, he would have encouraged the gifts to keep coming rather than telling the people that a sufficient amount had already been collected. Moses exemplified diligence, accountability, and trustworthiness.