By Rabbi Moshe Erlbaum, 9th Grade Rebbe
1. Which two items in this parsha are "banged out of one solid piece of metal"? What other component of the Tabernacle is made of one solid piece of metal?
2. For which positive commandment, mentioned inthis parsha, does its inaction cause the punishmentof
kares? Which other positive commandment hasthe punishment of
3. In which two places in this parsha does fire appear?
4. Who made the trumpets? Besides this parsha,where else in the Torah are the trumpets mentioned?
5. Which letter appears in this parsha that is not partof a word?
6. In what context are five vegetables mentioned inthe same verse?
7. Where in this parsha is the number 70 mentioned?Where else does the Torah mention 70 people?
8. Which two people appear in the parsha, but no-where else in the Bible (Tanach)?9. Where in this parsha is a nursing mother men-tioned?
1. The golden menorah (Numbers 8:4) and the silver trumpets (Numbers 10:2) are both "banged out of onesolid piece of metal." In Exodus 25:18, the cover of the Holy Ark and its cherubs are made from one solid piece of gold.2. One who is able to offer the Passover lamb (
) and does not do so, incurs
(Numbers 9:13). The failure to obtain a circumcision (
) alsoresult in
(Genesis 17:14).3. The "the pillar of fire" led the Jews at night (Numbers 9:15). A fire consumed the complainers (Numbers 11:1).4. The trumpets were fashioned by Moshe himself (Numbers 10:2). The trumpets are mentioned in parshas Matosin regard to the war with Midian (Numbers 31:6).5. The verses depicting the traveling of the Holy Ark are surrounded by two upside
down letters "
36).6. The Jews complain about the banality of the manna, in contrast to the many vegetables they ate in Egypt: cu-cumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic (Numbers 11:8).7. Moshe is told to appoint 70 elders to help him lead the nation (Numbers 11:16). In parshas Vayigash, 70 de-scendants of Yaakov descend to Egypt (Genesis 46:27).8. Eldad and Meidad, two of the 70 elders chosen to assist Moshe, began to unexpectedly prophesize in the camp(Numbers 11:26
27). They do not appear anywhere else in Tanach.9. Moshe compares the dedication and sacrifice needed to lead the Jews, to the total commitment of a nursingmother (Numbers 11:12).
Moshe’s humility as well. At any rate, we see the tre-mendous humility of Moshe in both of these instanc-es.
The only difference between our
andover there in is that in
wasat least there, albeit small, but it is still visible; butwhy? It is a lesson that could not be more appropri-ately delivered to us than by our Great Teacher.There is a common misconception of there being aninconsistency between ‘humility’ and ‘individuality’.Well, Moshe begs to differ. He comes to teach us thatwe can all be small
’s and still glow, as he did.Humility means that one understands his own place,and has the knowledge that this place resides under the Omnipresent. Moshe obviously understood thathis abilities were of high caliber, yet this did not ob-struct his vision and cause him to be caught up inhimself, rather, if anything, it gave him a sense of humility. This
, representing , the I, wasdecreased, as Moshe was extremely humble, yet the Iwas not decreased for Moshe always retained his in-dividuality. So too must all of our
’s be small but present.
(Josh Kaufman — Continued from page 1)
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