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1)

What is the significance of the statement "Zos Chanukas ha'Mizbe'ach"?

1.

Seforno: The Torah is deliberately describing the Chanukas ha'Mizbe'ach here, which was microscopic compared to that of Sh'lomoh. 1


1

Refer also to 7:89:3:2.

2)

How do we reconcile the phrase "Acharei Himashach oso" (in Pasuk 88), implying that Moshe brought the Nesi'im's Korbanos long after he anointed the Mizbe'ach, with the phrase in this Pasuk "be'Yom Himashach oso"?

1.

Rashi and Rashbam: From "be'Yom Himashach oso" we learn that Moshe brought the Nesi'im's Korbanos on the same day as he anointed the Mizbe'ach (on Rosh Chodesh Nisan), whereas "Acharei Himashach oso" merely teaches us that the anointing preceded the bringing. 1


1

Rashi: It cannot mean that he brought the Nesi'im's Korbanos long after the anointing, as is evident fro the Pasuk in Vayikra 7:36.

3)

Why does the Torah see fit to state the sum total of the dishes and the bowls that the Nesi'im donated?

1.

Rashi and Ramban #1 (on Pasuk 2, citing the Sifri): To teach us that the ones that Moshe sacrificed were the same ones that the Nesi'im brought and that not one item became Pasul. 1

2.

Ramban #2: Even though each Nasi had a different reason in mind for choosing the Korbanos and Keilim, 2 they all had the same thought at the same time and they all brought them simultaneously to before the Mishkan.

3.

Targum Yonasan: Because each total figure had a special significance, as we will now explain: The twelve silver dishes corresponded to the twelve tribes; the twelve silver bowls to the twelve princes and the twelve golden incense-bowls to the twelve Mazalos (constellations). <i>


1

Ramban (citing the Sifri): And the Torah adds "me'es Nesi'ei Yisrael", to teach us that as they were they were all equal in the gift, so too were they equal in merit.

2

Refer to 7:18:1:2*.

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