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Exodus 25:1-27:19
If the very purpose of creation is embodied by the "Tabernacle" constructed by the Children of Israel in the desert, then every detail is of supreme importance to us. We need to know that the Menorah had 22 decorative goblets hammered into its design, and that each of the 48 wall panels measured 10 cubits in length and 1.5 cubits in width. It is necessary to define the 39 forms of creative work--from plowing to weaving to lighting to writing--involved in the Tabernacle's construction. For here we have the prototype for our life's work of making our world and our lives a home for G-d
Exodus 27:20-30:10
Two brothers, four sons, eight priestly garments, twelve gems, one golden altar, and a quantity of oil and incense... Also: who was Aaron, what are clothes, a discussion on noise, princesses on horseback, a nameless Moses and the anatomy of a flame
Exodus 35:1-38:20
Three roofs and 48 wall panels... an Ark with cherubs, a lamp with seven flames, a table with 12 loaves... two altars and a wash basin made of mirrors...
The first Jewish architect and his accountant... Four thousand three hundred eighty-six pounds of gold, and equally impressive quantities of silver and copper... eight garments and seven days of initiation... as the book of Exodus concludes and the Divine Presence find a home
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