Vayakhel

  1. “And Moshe gathered,” etc. On which day did this happen?

  2. Why was the warning about Shabbos written before other things?

  3. “Don’t kindle fire,” etc. Why is this melacha (work) singled out?

  4. Why are the commandments about the Mishkan works repeated here?

  5. Which roof covers are called ‘Mishkan,’ which ‘its tent,’ and which ‘its cover’?

  6. Why did they need wise people to produce the oil for the menorah?

  7. What was the special wisdom of the women in weaving goats’ wool?

  8. What did the nesiyim (heads of tribes; princes) bring? When? Why?

  9. Why were the nesiyim the first to bring things for the mizbeyach?

  10. Why is their title (nesiyim) written without the letter yud?

  11. Prove that in the presence of Hashem there is no difference between the high shevatim (tribes) and the lowest one.

  12. What strange announcement did Moshe command to announce in the camp?

  13. How many adonim and how many yados were there per keresh?

  14. “And Betzalel made the aron,” etc. Did he personally make it?

  15. The order of the Mishkan work is different here than in parshas Terumah. How?

  16. What special contribution did the women bring for the kiyor?

  17. Was Moshe happy to accept it? Why? What did Hashem say to him?

  18. Why was the women’s contribution used for the kiyor?

  19. Which items that were needed for the avodah (service) are not mentioned here?

  20. Which woods were covered with silver?

Extra

  1. What were the dimensions of the following: mizbeyach ha’olah, mizbeyach hazahav, aron, shulchon, menorah, kiyor?

  2. Why is the prohibition against fire on Shabbos mentioned here? (See Sforno, Rambam.)

  3. Why did Moshe have to gather the people here? (See 0hr Hachayim.)

  4. Why does it mention that the men came to give jewelry with the women? (See Sforno 2, Kli Yakar.)

  5. “And the Jewish community went out,” etc. Why is this mentioned here? (See Ohr Hachayim.)

  6. “And the nesiyim brought,” etc. Who are these nesiyim according to the Gemora?

  7. Was Betzalel related to Moshe? (See Rashi, Daas Zekenim.)

  8. “And Moshe said: Look! Hashem called the name,” etc. (35:30) Why did he say that? (See Baal Haturim, Daas Zekenim.)

  9. “And to teach He gave into his heart” etc. (35:34). Why is this emphasized? (See Ebn Ezra, Ohr Hachayim.)

  10. “And Betzalel made the aron.” Is that the only thing he made? (See Daas Zekenim.)

Parshas Shekalim, Rosh Chodesh Adar, etc.

  1. How many special parshiyos do we read between now and Pesach? What are their names?

  2. Why do we read parshas Shekalim on this Shabbos? Which part do we read?

  3. What is the source and reason for the saying, ‘Mi shenichnas Adar marbin b’simcha’?

  4. How many Sifrei Torah will be used in shul this Shabbos? How many aliyos?

  5. In the month of Adar the Beis Din in Eretz Yisroel was concerned with kilayim. Explain.

  6. Certain kinds of disputes should be resolved this month. Which kind? Why?

  7. Why must it be half a shekel? Do we give it today? What did Hashem show to Moshe?