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Ch. 30, v. 12: "Ki siso" - Moshe, the leader, was told, "ki soso" that you should elevate .., "lifku'dei'hem," through advising each of the bnei Yisroel, what he was lacking in his proper service of Hashem. (Rabbi Zhi Hersh haKohein of Riminov in B'eiros Hamayim)

Ch. 30, v. 12: "Bifkode osom v'lo y'h'yeh vo'hem negef" - When Hashem will bring the final redemption, "bifkode osom," there will be no plague or suffering. This will be in the merit of their giving charity, "v'nosnu ish kofeir nafsho." (Rabbi Mayer of Dzhikov in Imrei Noam)

Ch. 30, v. 13: "Machatzis hashekel" - Even after contributing for the Mishkon one should not feel haughty. His coin is but a half, and completion only comes when combined with the efforts of another person whose donation completes the shekel. (Rabbi Avrohom of Sochatchov in N'ose Ha'deshe)

Ch. 30, v. 13: "Machatzis hashekel" - Rashi says that Hashem showed Moshe a coin of fire. The fire in the giving of the coin explains how it brings atonement. A person likes to hold on to his possessions. By fighting this interest with the fiery enthusiasm of giving he atones for the sins that have been spurred on by the fire of the evil inclination. (Rabbi Moshe of Kobrin in Toras Ovose)

Alternatively, just as a fire rises upward, so too, when a person donates for the building of the Mishkon his soul gains a yearning for heavenly service. (Rabbi Moshe Mordechai of Pilov in Medrash Moshe)

Or, just as a coin is created through having its metal purified in a fiery cauldron, removing impurities, so too, by giving with great enthusiasm, one's soul is cleansed. (Shem miShmuel)

Ch. 30, v. 15: "He'oshir lo yarbeh" - The last mishneh I M'nochos says that the Torah writes that the bird offering (of the poor man) and the animal offering (of the wealthy man) are both called a pleasing aroma for Hashem as long as the person has the sake of Heaven in mind. "As long as the person has the sake of Heaven in mind" refers to the rich man's impressive offering. It is obvious that the poor man who brings a pittance has this attitude. (The Holy Admor of Kotzk)

Ch. 30, v. 21: "V'rochatzu y'dei'hem" - In preparation for serving Hashem one must cleanse the negativity of his hands. He must remove any vestige of "kochi v'otzem yodi," the power and cunning of my hand has brought me success. (Rabbi Yitzchok Yaakov of Biala in Divrei Vinoh)

Ch. 31, v. 4: "Lachashov machashovose laasose bazohov" - One has to set his mind to how he will behave when "doing in the field of silver," i.e. that his monetary dealings be in consonance with the Torah's guidelines. (Rabbi Mayer of Apt in Ohr Lashomayim)

Ch. 31, v. 7: "V'es ho'orone l'eidus" - Just as the Holy Ark housed and enclosed the Holy Tablets, so too, a person should contain within himself the knowledge of Torah, and not garishly display it to the public. (Rabbi Zev Volf of Strikov in Zeir Zohov)


See also Sedrah Selections and Oroh V'Simchoh

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