Parsha Q&A

For the week ending 1 March 2014 / 29 Adar I 5774

Parshat Pekudei

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Questions

  1. Why is the word Mishkan stated twice in verse 38:21?
  2. Why is the Mishkan called the "Mishkan of Testimony"?
  3. Who was appointed to carry the vessels of the Mishkanin the midbar?
  4. Who was the officer in charge of the levi'im?
  5. What is the meaning of the name Betzalel?
  6. How many people contributed a half-shekel to the Mishkan? Who contributed?
  7. Which material used in the bigdei kehuna was not used in the coverings of the sacred vessels?
  8. How were the gold threads made?
  9. What was inscribed on the stones on the shoulders of the ephod?
  10. What was on the hem of the me'il?
  11. What did the Kohen Gadol wear between the mitznefet and the tzitz?
  12. What role did Moshe play in the construction of the Mishkan?
  13. Which date was the first time that the Mishkan was erected and not dismantled?
  14. What was the "tent" which Moshe spread over the Mishkan(40:19)?
  15. What "testimony" did Moshe place in the aron?
  16. What function did the parochet serve?
  17. Where was the shulchan placed in the Mishkan?
  18. Where was the menorah placed in the Mishkan?
  19. Who offered the communal sacrifices during the eight days of the dedication of the Mishkan?
  20. On which day did both Moshe and Aharon serve as kohanim?

Answers

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

  1. Why is the word Mishkan stated twice in verse 38:21?
    38:21 - To allude to the Beit Hamikdash that would twice be taken as a "mashkon" (pledge) for the sins of the Jewish People until the nation repents.
  2. Why is the Mishkan called the "Mishkan of Testimony"?
    38:21 - It was testimony for the Jewish People that G-d forgave them for the golden calf and allowed His Shechina to dwell among them.
  3. Who was appointed to carry the vessels of the Mishkanin the midbar?
    38:21 - The levi'im.
  4. Who was the officer in charge of the levi'im?
    38:21 - Itamar ben Aharon.
  5. What is the meaning of the name Betzalel?
    38:22 - "In the shadow of G-d."
  6. How many people contributed a half-shekel to the Mishkan? Who contributed?
    38:26 - 603,550. Every man age twenty and over (except the levi'im).
  7. Which material used in the bigdei kehuna was not used in the coverings of the sacred vessels?
    39:1 - Linen (See Rashi 31:10).
  8. How were the gold threads made?
    39:3 - The gold was beaten into thin plates from which threads were cut. (See Rashi 28:6).
  9. What was inscribed on the stones on the shoulders of the ephod?
    39:6, 39:7 - The names of the tribes.
  10. What was on the hem of the me'il?
    39:24,25 - Woven pomegranates and golden bells.
  11. What did the Kohen Gadol wear between the mitznefet and the tzitz?
    39:31 - Tefillin.
  12. What role did Moshe play in the construction of the Mishkan?
    39:33 - He stood it up.
  13. Which date was the first time that the Mishkan was erected and not dismantled?
    40:17 - Rosh Chodesh Nissan of the second year in the desert. For seven days before this, during the consecration of Aharon and his sons, Moshe erected and dismantled the Mishkan. (Rashi 39:29)
  14. What was the "tent" which Moshe spread over the Mishkan(40:19)?
    40:19 - The curtain of goatskin.
  15. What "testimony" did Moshe place in the aron?
    40:20 - The Luchot Habrit.
  16. What function did the parochet serve?
    40:21 - It served as a partition for the aron.
  17. Where was the shulchan placed in the Mishkan?
    40:22 - On the northern side of the Ohel Mo'ed, outside the parochet.
  18. Where was the menorah placed in the Mishkan?
    40:24 - On the southern side of the Ohel Mo'ed opposite the shulchan.
  19. Who offered the communal sacrifices during the eight days of the dedication of the Mishkan?
    40:29 - Moshe.
  20. On which day did both Moshe and Aharon serve as kohanim?
    40:31 - On the eighth day of the consecration of the Mishkan.

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