And this is the donation that you shall take from them: gold, silver, bronze, indigo, purple, crimson, linen, goat hair, reddened ram skins…Thirteen different items were donated toward the building of God’s house. Sforno points out that they only collected items that could be used in the physical building and so gifts in lieu were not accepted. Building God’s house was about more than giving a check, it was about personal involvement and connection. A person could look at the mishkan and see the very item that they had contributed. A lesson that while financial support is always necessary, it takes more than money to build God’s house.