The three great leaders of Klal Yisrael, Moshe, Aharon and Miriam did not take part in the offerings to inaugurate the Mishkan. Each one may have had feelings of being left out. Moshe was consoled, “Your  speech with Me is more beloved than all these offerings (Vayikra Raba 1:6) Aharon was told that he would light the Menorah and was appeased. What was Miriam’s portion in the Mishkan?

When Moshe wanted to form the Menorah he had tremendous difficulty. He went to Betzalel who formed it immediately. Moshe exclaimed you must have been in the shadow of Hashem to know how to form the menorah.

Betzalel was the great grandson of Miriam. Her offering to the Mishkan was the Menorah which was fashioned by her prodigy.

Immediately after the offerings of the Nissiim we find the gifts of the leaders. “And when Moshe came to the Tent of meeting to speak with him…” (7:89) was the gift of Moshe. “Speak to Aharon and say to him when he kindles the Menorah…” (8:2) was the gift of Aharon. “And this is the form of the menorah…”(8:4) was the gift of Miriam. (Aznaim L’Torah)


“And I have given the Levvim to Aharon and his sons amongst the Bnei Yisrael…”(8:19) ‘Bnei Yisrael’ is mentioned 5 times in this verse. Rashi says this is to praise the Jews with the number of seforim in the Chumash. Why mention this praise specifically here? And why connect their praise to the Torah?

When the Jews saw that the Leviim were chosen to serve in the Mishkan, they were in despair. Not only could they not offer sacrifices, they realized that they were being distanced from even transporting theMishkan. There was a great risk of despair for the Jews. Therefore Hashem wanted to appease them specifically here at their moment of loss. And their praise was a hint to the Torah to teach them that even though the crown of Kehunah was taken by Aharon and his sons, and the Leviim would aid them, still the crown of Torah is placed before them to acquire.

They were also appeased that the Leviim were “from within”-you produced them. The Leviim are your agents who act on behalf of you and are like yourselves. And they will atone for you, and you will not take the risk of  erring in the place of holiness. (Aznaim L’Torah)