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Melekhet Machashevet Citations

    The following are online citations from Moshe Chafetz's 1710 work Melekhet Machashevet, found via an unfiltered Google search and other occasional searches.

    Not all links are still active, but relevant text is excerpted here in full.

    Parshat Tetzaveh
    (From Exodus)

    Hamaayan/The Torah Spring -- Parshat Tetzaveh (5769)

    Excerpt: "And you shall speak to all the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with a spirit of wisdom, and they shall make the vestments of Aharon, to sanctify him to minister to Me . . . . They shall take the gold, the turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, and the linen." (28:3, 5)

    R' Moshe Cheifetz z"l (Italy; 1664-1711) asks: Why does the Torah have to tell us that the craftsmen would take the materials? Would we have expected them to make the priestly garments without raw materials?

    He explains: We read in Parashat Pekudei that Moshe Rabbeinu gave an accounting of how the silver and copper donated for the Mishkan were used. In contrast, Moshe did not provide an accounting for the other materials that had been donated. In our verse, G-d tells Moshe: Do not worry! You will not be called upon to account for the gold, the turquoise, purple, and scarlet wool, and the linen. Rather, they, the artisans, shall take those materials and be responsible for them. And, because there are two of them (Bezalel and Ohaliav) and they will watch each other, no accounting will be necessary. (Melechet Machshevet)"


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