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March 2, 2020
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Why wasn’t Moshe allowed to contribute?
וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃
You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly.
Hashem specifically told Moshe not to bring any contributions of his own. He was simply to command others to do so, as one who causes others to give receives even greater merit.
Furthermore, these donations were primarily to atone for the sin of the Golden Calf, which Moshe had no part in.
(Shem Tov; Olat Shabbath; Siftei Cohen)
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Dedicated Today Leiluy Nishmat Raytza bat Baruch.
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