Parsha Q&A - Parshat Terumah
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- How many types of items were the Jews to donate?
- The donation of silver for the Mishkan differed from the donation of the other items. How?
- What property do techelet and argaman share that orot eilim m'adamim do not share?
- What property do the above three share that shesh and orot techashim do not share?
- Onkelos translates "tachash" as "sasgona." Why?
- What kind of trees did Yaakov plant in Egypt?
- Describe two uses of:
- The aron was made with three boxes, one inside the other. Exactly how tall was the outer box?
- Why is the Torah referred to as "testimony"?
- What did the faces of the keruvim resemble?
- On what day of the week was the lechem hapanim baked?
- What does miksha mean?
- What was the purpose of the menorah's gevi'im (cups)?
- How did Moshe know the shape of the menorah?
- What designs were embroidered into the tapestries of the Mishkan?
- What is meant by "standing wood"?
- How long was the Mishkan?
- How wide was the interior of the mishkan?
- Why was the altar coated with nechoshet?
- Which function did the copper yeteidot serve?
(kasha means "question")
How would you answer this question on the Parsha?
"Two sockets underneath each beam" (26:19)
I can understand the purpose of everything in the Mishkan except for the silver sockets. The wooden beams were carved out on the bottom with just two wooden prongs left sticking down, and the empty space was filled with the silver sockets. What purpose did this serve? It couldn't have been just decorative, because a silver coating would have sufficed. For the same reason it couldn't have been to keep out moisture; plus, the silver didn't cover the bottom of the wood where moisture from the ground would be the worst. And it didn't connect the beams to each other in any way. So, what purpose did it serve?
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ANSWER: It added weight to the beams, as silver is denser than sheetim-wood. This added stability.
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"They shall make Me a Mishkan and I will dwell (v'shachanti) among them." (Exodus 25:8)
The word v'shachanti (I will dwell) hints at the number of years that both the First and Second Temples stood, as follows: Read as two words, v'shachan ti means "He dwelt 410." This hints that Hashem's Presence dwelt in the First Temple for 410 years, until its destruction. Rearranged, v'shachanti spells v'sheni kaf tav, which means "and the Second, 420." This hints that the Second Temple stood for 420 years.
All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated
25:2 - 13.
25:3 - No fixed amount of the other items was required. The silver was given as a fixed amount: A half shekel.
25:4,5 - They are wool, orot eilim are not.
25:4,5 - They are dyed; shesh and orot techashim are not.
25:5 - The tachash delights (sas) in its multi-colors (g'vanim).
25:5 - Arazim -- cedars.
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).
25:16 - It testifies that Hashem commanded us to keep the mitzvot.
25:18 - The faces of children.
25:29 - Friday.
25:31 - Hammered.
25:31 - Purely ornamental.
25:40 - Hashem showed Moshe a menorah of fire.
26:1 - On one side a lion; on the other side an eagle.
26:15 - The wooden beams were to be upright and not stacked one upon the other.
26:16 - 30 amot.
26:23 - 10 amot.
27:2 - To atone for brazenness.
27:19 - They secured the curtains against the wind.
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