1. Moshe is instructed to take donations for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), but only from those who truly want to give. Many synagogues and organizations have events which create social pressures of various kinds to donate money. Is there anything wrong with that practice? Does it encourage people to do more good, as they really want to do but lack incentive, or does it coerce people into doing things they do not really want to do?

  2. Many of the vessels created for use in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) were made of pure gold or a gold coatiing over wood. Despite their beauty, they were seen only by a select group of Kohanim (priests) during the service. Are the most important qualities of a person those which are seen on the outside or those which are hidden? What use is there in values which are hidden?

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