Torah scribe 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy Derech AMI)
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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