THE TABERNACLE and the Sacred Vessels, as recounted in Exodus 40:17-19, from a 1728 book titled ‘Figures de la Bible.’.
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In this week’s Torah portion of Truma, we read the commandment “…and have them take for Me an offering… And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst” (Exodus 25:8). Afterward, we read a detailed accounting of how this sanctuary – the Mishkan (Tabernacle) – should be built. This temporary temple accompanied the Jewish nation during its wandering in the desert and in the Land of Israel until the Temple was built in Jerusalem. The instructions also included how the ritual objects within the Tabernacle should be made, including the Ark of the Covenant, the table, the menorah and the altar.When one examines the Tabernacle and its objects, one immediately thinks of a comparison with a home.