This Shabbes has lots of different names. It’s not just Shabbes Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei, it’s also Shabbes Mevorchim, Shabbes Chazak and Shabbes HaChodesh. This last name comes from the additional Torah reading which we read this Shabbes, the last of four. In this additional reading we learn about the commandment to establish a calendar system, based on both the sun and the moon, the latter of which the Jewish people are often compared to. This is because, just as the moon waxes and wanes, we go through periods of both persecution and prosperity, highs and lows. One day, this will all come to and end, with the arrival of Moshiach, may he come speedily and in our days!
In London, Shabbes candles should be lit at 6:02 PM, and Shabbes ends tomorrow at 7:12 PM. While lighting your candles, please remember Chaim Elozor ben Baila, Chashachana bas Bryna and Shai bas Odeya for a refuah shleimah. Thank you and gut shabbes!