Vayakhel means “and he assembled.” 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.
Not only were they asked to donate materials for the construction of the Mishkan, but they were also asked to actually build it. Once completed, the Mishkan would be a place where the Israelites could feel God’s Presence. Yet, its construction was a very detailed and complicated task, requiring much wisdom and highly skilled craftsmen. This brought a very important question to the table: Since all of the Israelites had been slaves in Egypt and hadn’t developed the necessary skills for this task, who would be willing to step out and try?
Undoubtedly, there were those who felt they didn’t have the capability or know-how to construct the Mishkan and all of its beautiful furnishings. They were unaware that within them was the ability to accomplish craftsmanship of such high skill. But their hearts inspired them anyway, and they stepped out with a passion to fulfill God’s will. Because they were willing, their hidden talents were revealed; God helped them to succeed. In the end, a beautiful Mishkan, with all of its vessels and furnishings, was built. What may have seemed impossible had been accomplished.