Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  LifeLine
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Vayakhel

by Rabbi Yaakov Menken

"And the princes [heads of the tribes] brought the onyx stones, and the stones to be set for the ephod and the breastplate." (35:27)

Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhoki quotes a Midrash which explains how this came to be. It seems that the heads of the tribes said, "let the people bring what they will, and we will make up the difference." But as it turns out, the people brought everything necessary for construction of the Tabernacle, so these stones were all that remained. Although what the princes said might have been a fundraiser's dream, the Torah tells us that the real reason for their declaration was simply laziness - and as a result the word "Nesi'im", princes, is written here with a letter missing.

The Chofetz Chaim of Radin contrasts this with the first sacrifices offered by the same princes, found later in Parshas Naso. There the Torah repeats again and again what each prince brought to the Temple, even though each and every sacrifice was exactly the same as the others. All of this, he explains, is to teach us the great value of working together, and energetically. When people rush forward to work on behalf of the entire group - instead of holding themselves above others, or looking out for their personal interests - then this is valued dearly by G-d, the Torah... and by others, as well.


Text Copyright © 1995 Rabbi Yaakov Menken and Project Genesis, Inc.

The author is the Director of Project Genesis.

About the Author

Please Support TORAH.ORG
Print Version       Email this article to a friend

 


ARTICLES ON BAMIDBAR AND SHAVUOS:

View Complete List

As You Rest - So Shall You Travel
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

The Sotah In Us All
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

Chaos in the Desert
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Bamidbar: Torah is Water
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Fire, Water, and the Desert
Shlomo Katz - 5759

The Ramban DOES NOT Contradict The Talmud
- 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Removing The Biases
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5765

Not Just Numbers
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5765

Seeing the Bigger Picture
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

ArtScroll

Traveling In Formation
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5759

The Giving of the Torah
Dr. Meir Tamari - 5762

The Ultimate Partnership
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5760

> Who Can We Be?
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Hitting the Bull's-Eye
Rabbi David Begoun - 5766

The Untouchables
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5759

Torah-Like Water
Rabbi Label Lam - 5770



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information