Ya’acov leaves his home to escape the wrath of his brother Esau and travels to Haran (Mesopotamia – in Iraq of today) to the home of his uncle Lavan….
Rabbi Marcus – Pekudei
The Sedra Pekudei informs us how the Mishkan was built. The Mishkan was taken to Eretz Yisrael and was the forerunner to the Temple/Synagogue. This Shabbat is Shabbat Shekalim and focuses on commitment to the community.