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The Ha'amek Davar offers two explanations: His first answer is that a there was a constant miracle that the bread always stayed fresh for the week between its baking and its consumption. Similarly, the original bread miraculously stayed fresh for many months. His preferred answer is that the original bread was made by Betzalel just to demonstrate what it ...


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From Chabad.org this question was once asked by Rabbi Alexander-Sender Yudasin to the Lubavitcher Rabbi Zatzal. The Rabbi said that perhaps since the Siman was = the words "בלי כל" the original Siman said "בלי כל ֿ סימן". A publisher who misunderstood took it that there was no Siman and left it out, thus it was not in future editions. הרב אלכסנדר-סנדר ...


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Aharon Ahrend has a detailed article in Rabbi Mordechai Breuer's Festschrift (vol. 1 p. 157) titled "The Mneumotechnical Notes of the Numbers of Verses in the Torah Portions" where he goes through the history of these notes. Turns out Pekudei's mnemonic was first erroneously dropped in the Venice Mikraot Gedolot along with Toldot's and Haazinu's. This ...


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By way of prefatory remarks I will include this Ibn Ezra on the verse mentioned as a precursor to any information below, and by doing so we can then remain level-headed. ומי יוכל לשער כמה זהב צפוי כל כלי המשכן We cannot really properly assess the gold in the Mishkan. Additionally, in the Ralbag cited, he proceeds those statements by saying that we ...


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Rashbam on that verse brings the same idea as Rashi, but explains further. The event that allows Moshe to enter the tent was the cloud being "reduced" (מצומצם) such that it only was over the ark (and not the entire tent). In his words (and my translation): ולא יכול משה לבא אל אהל מועד – בשעת הקמתו, כי שכן עליו הענן – מיד, להראות חיבתו של הקב״ה על ישראל. ...


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Rashi says that Hashem set this up in order to honor Moshe. Once he set it up then it became possible for the Leviim to continue setting it up and taking it down. My son said at his son's bris (Yom shlishi Parshas Pekudei) that because of the kedusha of the mishkan, not even Moshe could (physically) put up the walls. Hashem had Moshe act and He caused the ...


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The historical elision of a vowel preceding ד could explain the absence of a dagesh qal within it. Similar phenomena are seen in words like בִּנְפֹל and מַלְכֵי. The latter probably was pronounced like malak̲e at some point, since the absolute plural form מְלָכִים has an a vowel before k̲. See, for instance, p. 40 from Greenstein's "An Introduction to the ...


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1) Can we calculate the date of the Final Redemption? We for sure can't. 2) Since the Alter Rebbe is not a Novi, should we believe him? We can believe him that it is an opportune time for it to perhaps finally happen. 3) How do view this story? The same way all other stories where one predicted it may happen. Remember the story in the Gemara of "Hayom"...


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Someone told me today that he had heard Rabbi Yissocher Frand on an audiotape quoting another rabbi who had asked the question above and had answered it by saying (citing the Zohar) that there is more hindrance from the sitra achara against a holier endeavor so that, when the mishkan was first erected, there was more hindrance than on later occasions, and ...


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As you noted, the generally-cited ashkenazic haftarah for Parshat Pekudei is from Melachim I 7:51-8:21. However, there are two additional customs to be aware of, which may go some way to answering your question. There exists an ashkenazic custom in the Diaspora to read Melachim I 7:40-8:1 as the haftarah for Pekudei. This is brought down by Maharil (Customs ...


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Warning: this is a chiddush. I would like to suggest that the amount of gold in Pekudei did not count towards the gold in Pekudei. The pesukim don't say what the gold mentioned there was used for, so there's no explicit contradiction. There's also a precedent for this: the kiyor isn't mentioned in the copper section, and Rashi says the copper mirrors used ...


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Netziv (Shemos 36:9, see also 36:2 at that link) answers this question by saying that in each Melacha, the Torah makes an effort to use a Lashon Rabim to give credit to the workers. Generally this pattern is that a singular wording is used to open the Melacha, as Betzalel was the one who initiated each Melacha, and then the group is mentioned, but here, ...


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According to Binyamin Efrati in his book Sh'ma B'ni, A Treasury of Stories and Lessons from the Weekly Parshah. He says that Hashem chose Betzalel and Oholiav to work on the Mishkan, saying Betzalel made (Perek Lamed Zayin Pasuk Aleph/ Chapter 31 Verse 1). Rashi says that it was because he dedicated himself to the work more than anyone else. Oholiav was ...


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Rav Hirsch, in his commentary on Pekudei 39:1 states that the individual garments were commanded separately and were considered complete as soon as they were finished and ready to be worn. The mishkan and its utensils, such as the curtains, etc, could only be considered done after the entire mishkan was assembled. כאשר צוה ה וגו, it says this when ...


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Ikkur Sifsei Chachamim (#10 in the Artscrol chimash) says this was one of the questions Rashi was coming to address. To paraphrase his words "about this Rashi explains that after Moshe erected it once 'by itself'(meaning through a miracle), and from that day on it was also erected through a miracle." He is apparently basing his words on the Mizrachi who ...


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