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HAlACHIC queSTION OF THe Week

Q: I was not Observant when I got married and had non-kosher witnesses at my chupa and on my

kesubah. Do I need to do anything?

A: According to Halacha, to be a kosher witness one must be a Jewish male over the age of 13, shabbos

and kosher observant and not related to the bride or groom. If the witnesses either under the chupa or

on the kesubah don’t meet those criteria, a new chupa and new kesubah need to be arranged. This can

be done in a confidential, modest ceremony in my office. Alternatively, it can be an opportunity for a

joyful, public celebration and a second wedding.

Please submit your question of the week on any topic to Rabbi Efrem Goldberg at reg@brsonline.org

pARSHA queSTIONS

queSTIONS - TeRumAH

1. The donation of silver for the Mishkan differed from the donation of the other items. How?

2. Describe two uses of:

(a) oil ,

(b) spices,

(c) jewels

3. Why is the Torah referred to as “testimony”?

4. What did the faces of the Keruvim resemble?

5. On what day of the week was the Lechem Hapanim baked?

6. What was the purpose of the Menorah’s Gevi’im (cups)?

7. How did Moshe know the shape of the Menorah?

8. What designs were embroidered into the tapestries of the Mishkan?

9. How long was the Mishkan?

10. How wide was the interior of the Mishkan?

ANSWeRS - TeRumAH

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

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Why is the Torah referred to as “testimony”? 25:16 - It testifies that G-d commanded us to keep the Mmitzvot.

4. What did the faces of the Keruvim resemble? 25:18 - The faces of children.

5. On what day of the week was the Lechem Hapanim baked? 25:29 - Friday.

6. What was the purpose of the Menorah’s gevi’im (cups)? 25:31 - Purely ornamental.

7. How did Moshe know the shape of the Menorah? 25:40 – G-d showed Moshe a Menorah of fire.

8. What designs were embroidered into the tapestries of the Mishkan? 26:1 - On one side, a lion; on the other side,

an eagle.

9. How long was the Mishkan? 26:16 - 30 Amot.

10. How wide was the interior of the Mishkan? 26:23 - 10 Amot.

Questions and Answers are courtesy of Ohr Somayach.

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pARSHA

SummARy

TeRumAH

Building the Mishkan. Hashem

commanded Moshe to build a

Mishkan (Sanctuary), symbolizing His

presence among the Jewish people. The

instructions respecting the construction

of the utensils and the actual building

needed in the Mishkan are detailed in

this Parsha.

The Mishkan consisted of the Chatzeir

(Outer Court), containing the altar for

burnt offerings and the laver used by the

Kohanim (Priests), and the Tabernacle,

which was divided into two chambers --

(a) the Outer Chamber (the Kodesh) to

which only Priests who performed sacred

duties had access and which contained

the Shulchan (Table of Showbread),

Menorah, and Mizbeiach HaKatoress

(Alter of Incense); and (b) the Inner

Chamber (the Kodesh Kadoshim

[“Holy of Holies”]), which only the

Kohen Gadol (High Priest) entered on

Yom Kippur and which contained the

sacred Aron (the Ark holding the 10

Commandments).

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