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Friday, February 25

The Weekly Shtikle - Vayakheil

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my father, Reuven Pinchas ben Chaim Yaakov, a"h.

Much of what we read about this week is repetition of designs and dimensions that we have already read about in Terumah and Tezaveh. However, what is fresh and new is the recounting of our nation's generous nature as each person gave in their own way to help put everything together. As the story begins to be told we are introduced to two distinct types of donors. The pasuk (35:21) speaks of one who nesa'o libo as well as nadvah rucho. These seem like similar terms but certainly there must be a distinction and a reason why both are mentioned.

Or HaChayim explains that nedivas ruach is the act of giving generously within one's means. However, nesius leiv, literally the raising of one's heart, is the inspiration to push the limits and donate beyond what one would normally be inclined to give. His heart has lifted him to perceive himself in a higher bracket such that he is inspired to give more as if it were within his means. This higher level is mentioned first in the pasuk and assigned the word ish to show its special grandeur. However, he notes, this is not to say that the second level is to be regarded as lacking. There are levels even lower – those who give but not willingly and of course, those who don't give at all. The Torah is testifying that there were only these two types of givers. Each and every person donated - at the very least - within their means and wholeheartedly, even if they didn't push their limits.

Have a good Shabbos.

Eliezer Bulka

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