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1)

Why does the Torah refer to the gift of wagons as "Korbanam"?

1.

Ramban #1: Because the Nesi'im brought them for the needs of the Korbanos. 1

2.

Ramban #2: Because they contained the Korbanos that the Pasuk lists later in the Parshah. 2


1

Ramban: Similar to "Vanakrev Es Korban Hashem ... " ( 31:50), i.e. a Korban to Bedek ha'Bayis.

2

Ramban: In which case, "Eglos" means (not 'wagons', bit) 'wagons-full', with reference to their contents - similar to "Ochlei Shulchan Izevel" (Melachim 1, 18:19) and "Ki Yode'a Kol Sha'ar Ami" (Rus, 3:11). See also Bava Basra, 146a.

2)

What are "Eglos Tzav"?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing the Sifri), Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan #1: "Eglos Tzav" are covered wagons.

2.

Rashi #2: It means nice-looking wagons. 1

3.

Rashi #3 (in Yeshayah, 66:20) and Targum Yonasan #2: It means wagons well rigged-out, with walls and a cover.

4.

Ramban #1: "Eglos Tzav" means 'large wagons'.

5.

Ramban #2: It means 'full wagons'. 2

6.

Rashbam: Wagons that were ready to go to war and travel long distances. 3


1

Rashi: As in Shmuel 2, 1:19. "ha'Tzevi Yisrael".

2

Refer to 7:3:1:2.

3

Rashbam: According to the context, as in Yeshayah, 66:20.

3)

Why did the Nesi'im donate a wagon between two Nesi'im?

1.

Seforno: It was a sign of the camaraderie that existed between them, rendering them worthy of the Shechinah resting among them. 1


1

Seforno: As the Pasuk indicates Devarim 33:5, as opposed to what the Navi writes in Hoshe'a, 10:2.

4)

What are the implications of "Vayakrivu osam Lifnei ha'Mishkan"?

1.

Rashi: It implies that they brought their gift in front of the Mishkan, but Moshe did not accept it, until Hashem instructed him to do so - as stated in the following Pesukim.

2.

Ramban: They unloaded the entire batch of Korbanos from the wagons 1 and brought them to the entrance of the Mishkan with the intention of bringing them all on that day. 2


1

Refer to 7:3:1:2.

2

Ramban: Only Hashem instructed Moshe "Nasi Echad la'Yom!"

5)

What prompted the Nesi'im to come forward with their gift in honor of the Mishkan?

1.

Rashi: After they almost missed donating towards the construction of the Mishkan, 1 they learned their lesson and hurried to donate a gift the moment the construction was complete.

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