Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 16 February 2013 / 5 Adar I 5773

Parshat Teruma

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Questions

  1. How many types of items were the Jews to donate?
  2. The donation of silver for the Mishkan differed from the donation of the other items. How?
  3. What property do techelet and argaman share that orot eilim m'adamim do not share?
  4. What property do the above three share that shesh and orot techashim do not share?
  5. Onkelos translates "tachash" as "sasgona." Why?
  6. What kind of trees did Yaakov plant in Egypt?
  7. Describe two uses of:
    (a) oil ,
    (b) spices,
    (c) jewels
  8. The aron was made with three boxes, one inside the other. Exactly how tall was the outer box?
  9. Why is the Torah referred to as "testimony"?
  10. What did the faces of the keruvim resemble?
  11. On what day of the week was the lechem hapanim baked?
  12. What does miksha mean?
  13. What was the purpose of the menorah's gevi'im (cups)?
  14. How did Moshe know the shape of the menorah?
  15. What designs were embroidered into the tapestries of the Mishkan?
  16. What is meant by "standing wood"?
  17. How long was the Mishkan?
  18. How wide was the interior of the Mishkan?
  19. Why was the altar coated with nechoshet?
  20. Which function did the copper yeteidot serve?

Answers

All references are to the verses and Rashi’s commentary, unless otherwise stated.

  1. How many types of items were the Jews to donate?
    25:2 - 13.
  2. The donation of silver for the Mishkan differed from the donation of the other items. How?
    25:3 - No fixed amount of the other items was required. The silver was given as a fixed amount:a half-shekel.
  3. What property do techelet and argaman share that orot eilim m'adamim do not share?
    25:4,5 - They are wool; orot eilim are not.
  4. What property do the above three share that shesh and orot techashim do not share?
    25:4,5 - They are dyed; shesh and orot techashim are not.
  5. Onkelos translates "tachash" as "sasgona." Why?
    25:5 - The tachash delights (sas) in its multi-colors (g'vanim).
  6. What kind of trees did Yaakov plant in Egypt?
    25:5 - Arazim -- cedars.
  7. Describe two uses of:
    (a) oil ,
    (b) spices,
    (c) jewels
    25:6-7:
    (a). The oil was lit in the menorah and used for anointing.
    (b). The spices were used in the anointing oil and for the incense.
    (c). The precious stones were for the ephod and the choshen.
  8. The aron was made with three boxes, one inside the other. Exactly how tall was the outer box?
    25:11 - The outer box was one and a half amot plus a tefach plus a little bit, because it rose a little bit above the kaporet. (The kaporet was a tefach thick -- see 25:17).
  9. Why is the Torah referred to as "testimony"?
    25:16 - It testifies that G-d commanded us to keep the mitzvot.
  10. What did the faces of the keruvim resemble?
    25:18 - The faces of children.
  11. On what day of the week was the lechem hapanim baked?
    25:29 - Friday.
  12. What does miksha mean?
    25:31 - Hammered.
  13. What was the purpose of the menorah's gevi'im (cups)?
    25:31 - Purely ornamental.
  14. How did Moshe know the shape of the menorah?
    25:40 – G-d showed Moshe a menorah of fire.
  15. What designs were embroidered into the tapestries of the Mishkan?
    26:1 - On one side a lion; on the other side an eagle.
  16. What is meant by "standing wood"?
    26:15 - The wooden beams were to be upright and not stacked one upon the other.
  17. How long was the Mishkan?
    26:16 - 30 amot.
  18. How wide was the interior of the Mishkan?
    26:23 - 10 amot.
  19. Why was the altar coated with nechoshet?
    27:2 - To atone for brazenness.
  20. Which function did the copper yeteidot serve?
    27:19 - They secured the curtains against the wind.

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