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Torah Teasers Parshat Trumah

Trumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19 )

by Moshe Erlbaum

10 challenging questions.

1. Which four letters spell out three different items found in the Tabernacle?

The letters kaf, peh, raish and tav spell out three different items found in the Tabernacle: The kaporet, the covering of the Holy Ark (Exodus 25:17), the paroches, the partition separating the "Holy" from the "Holy of Holies" (26:31), and the kaftor, the round ball designs found on the Menorah (25:33).

2. Which item in the Tabernacle has 3 half-measurements in its dimensions?

The Holy Ark is two and a half cubits long, one and a half cubits high, and one and a half cubits wide (Exodus 25:10).

3. In what context are rings (taba'ot) mentioned? (4 items)

Rings (tabaot) are soldered onto (1) the Holy Ark (Exodus 25:12), (2) the golden table (25:26), (3) and the golden altar (27:6), in which poles were placed to carry each vessel. (4) In addition, the Tabernacle's beams haves rings through which a pole was slid to support the structure (26:29).

4. Which items, spelled with two letters, have only one unique letter in its name? (2 answers)

(1) The words for vav (hook) (Exodus 27:10) (2) and shesh (flax) (25:4 with Rashi), each contain only one letter (doubled) in its name.

5. Aside from the cherubs (keruvim) mentioned in the context of the Tabernacle, where else in the Torah are cherubs mentioned?

In parshas Beraishis, Hashem guards the path to the Tree of Life with two cherubs (keruvim) (Genesis 3:24).

6. What had hands (yadot) but no fingers?

Each of the Tabernacle's beams has two bottom protrusions called "yadot" (Exodus 26:17).

7. In this parsha, in what context is the number 50 mentioned? (2 answers)

(1) There are 50 loops on each set of coverings of the Tabernacle. They are attached together with 50 curved hooks (Exodus 26:5-6). (2) The courtyard of the Tabernacle is 50 cubits wide (27:12).

8. In this parsha, in what context does a man and his brother appear?

The Torah states that the cherubs must face each other as "a man to his brother" (Exodus 25:20).

9. In this parsha, in what context does a woman and her sister appear? (2 answers)

(1) Each set of coverings of the Tabernacle are attached together as "a woman to her sister" (Exodus 26:3). (2) The protrusions on the bottom of each beam of the Tabernacle are parallel to each other, as "a woman to her sister" (26:17).

10. Which 6 parts of the human body appear in the context of the Tabernacle?

The following human body parts appear in the context of the Tabernacle: (1) A rib (tzela) refers to the sides of many of the objects found in the Tabernacle (Exodus 25:12, 26:20). (2) The face (panim) refers to the face of the cherubs (25:20), the "face" of the show-bread (25:30), and other items as well. (3) Hands (yadot) refer to the protrusions on the bottom of the beams that locked into the sockets (26:17). (4) A head (rosh) refers to the tops of the beams (26:24). (5) A shoulder (katef) refers to the two shorter sides (of 15 cubits each) comprising the gate to the courtyard. (6) A thigh (yerech) refers to the base of the Menorah (25:31) and the ends of the Tabernacle (26:22).

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