Why does the Torah insert the word "Asei Lecha"?
Rashi: "Lecha" has three connotations: (a) That the Kohanim 1 should blow the trumpets before Moshe, like one blows before a king; 2 (b) Moshe must pay the expenses from his own pocket; (c) That Moshe should have sole jurisdiction over them. 3
Moshav Zekenim, citing R. Eliezer of Garmaiza: It is for your benefit. Without trumpets, you need to send for everyone. Now, you gather them at once.
Why were the trumpets made of silver, and not of gold?
Moshav Zekenim citing Rosh, Ba'al ha'Turim, Riva #1: So they should not recall the sound accompanying the golden calf - "Kol ha'Am b'Re'oh" (Shemos 32:17).
Riva #2: The Torah is concerned for the money of Yisrael. 1
What are the connotations of "Lemikra ha'Eidah u'Lemasa es ha'Machanos"?
Rashi: "Lemikra ha'Eidah" refers to calling the Sanhedrin or gathering the Kahal; "u'Lemasa es ha'Machanos", to blowing for the Machanos to begin traveling. 1
What distinction did the Kohanim draw between gathering the Kahal and calling the Nesi'im?
Rashi (3, 4): To gather the people, they blew on both trumpets, 1 but only one trumpet to call the Nesi'im.
Rashi: As the word "Bahen" implies.
Why did the Torah insert the Parshah of the trumpets here?
Seforno #1: Because It was Hashem's intention to lead Yisrael into Eretz Yisrael immediately, and they would blow on the trumpets as one blows before a king. 1
Seforno #2: Because when the Mishkan and the Mikdash traveled, they would blow on trumpets in honor of the Shechinah. 2
Seforno #3: When Moshe gathered the Kahal or called the Nesi'im to the entrance of the Ohel Mo'ed before Hashem too, they would blow the trumpets in honor of the Shechinah.
What does "Mikshah" mean?