tabernacle

Shemini – Spiritual Elders

Why are the elders of Israel invited to inaugurate the Tabernacle if they don’t seem to play any role there? Why are the elders compared to the wings of a bird? What is the concept of ‘elder?’ Why does Hashem ‘honor the elders?’ What does it mean that they ‘belong to Hashem?’ Why does Hashem…

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Vayikra – Special Nation

What is the reason for the Jewish people’s ‘special nation’ status? Why does the midrash stress this so much right here at the beginning of Vayikra with the founding of the Tabernacle? Why was it so important for the nations of the world that the Tabernacle be protected? Why were the nations unable to receive…

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Terumah – Receving Torah, Receiving God

Why is the story of the revelation at Sinai placed immediately before the command to build a Tabernacle for Hashem’s presence? Why is the center of the Tabernacle the place that houses the Ark of the Covenant and the Torah that is within it? Why does the Midrash introduce the command of building the Tabernacle…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Silencing the Scoffers

What is the problem with admitting to old sins? Why was Moshe silent when some of the people of Israel said that Hashem would not return His divine presence to His people? Why was there three months from the time that the material of the Mishkan was completed until it was erected? Why was it…

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Terumah – Giving Back

Why did Hashem give righteous individuals gems alongside their Manna? What value were they to the righteous if they were just to be given as a donation to the Mishkan-Tabernacle? Why was it necessary for Jacob to instruct his children to prepare items which would be used more than two hundred years later in the…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei – Prayers of a Lion

Why are Betzalel, from the tribe of Judah, and Oholiab, from Dan, specifically chosen for the building of the tabernacle? Why is the Tabernacle referred to as a lion? What is the concept of the lion? Why is the place of God’s presence and our relationship with Him to be found in a place of…

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