Gifts and fortunes

Moses not only served as the rabbi he also did the fund-raising

February 18, 2013 11:09
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Moses not only served as the rabbi, yeshiva head and “pastor” of the Israelites, he also did the fund-raising – collecting the “gold, silver, copper… wool, linen… ram skins… acacia wood, illuminating oil, anointing oil, aromatic incenses and precious stones” for the construction and upkeep of the Sanctuary.

Moreover, he was consummately successful: “Moses commanded that they proclaim throughout the camp, saying, ‘Man and woman shall not do any more [collection] work toward the gifts for the Sanctuary’; the people were restrained from bringing… There was extra” (Exodus 36:6, 7). I can only state that in my own history of fund-raising for Torah institutions, both in Israel as well as in the US, there was never “extra.”


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