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Section: Parshas HaShavua   Category: Quick Vort
Parshas Vayakhel: The Incredible Auto Expanding Walls Of the Mishkan

"V'HaMilacha Haysa Dayam... Vohoseir; There were enough donations brought for the building of the Mishkan... and there was a surplus." This is a self contradicting statement. Was there exactly enough or was there excess?

The Mekach Tov brings and answer from the Bnei Yosef. The Mishna in Avos says that one of the great nissim in the Bais HaMikdash was that although when the people stood in the Azara it was packed with no place to move, when they needed to bow down everybody had room.

How did this work? The Gemara in Gittin says the Eretz Yisrael is called Eretz Tzvi, the land of the deer. If you skin a deer you will find that the skin is far smaller than the deer that it covered. However, the skin is flexible to cover the entire deer without a problem.

We see from here that the walls of the Mishkan were auto-expandable when necessary. This was part of the Chochma of Betzalel to make such walls. This is what the pasuk means that the material was enough. It provided exactly what was built for the Mishkan. "V'Hoseir," and built inside of it was the ability to grow when needed.

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