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The Mysterious 'Tachash' Creature

The Uppermost Covering of the Mishkan

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The Mysterious 'Tachash' Creature: The Uppermost Covering of the Mishkan

The uppermost covering of the Divine Sanctuary, the Mishkan, was the hide of a creature the Torah identifies as the 'Tachash'. The Sages disagree as to what type of creature it was, but all agree that it existed only then and that its hide was multicolored. This class will address Rashi's commentary on the subject and reveal the profound spiritual message contained therein. (Likutei Sichos vol. 31)
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Vayak'hel-Pekudei, Vayak'hel, Mishkan, Terumah, Tachash Roof Covering

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Dovid Elkin Silver Spring January 31, 2022

Shalom, Very appreciative for the meaningful understanding of Rashi on this subject. Hope to be able to discuss further soon.

Anonymous December 14, 2015

Orot Tachash = ORot + TeCHelet + SHakhor = Light Blue and Black. Narwhal have that very coloration, not to mention the singular horn on their heads. JPS translates it as "dolphin". So it would make sense that narwhal have been caught in Egypt by fishermen, as it is scheduled to reappear (in the Mediterranean) in the era of moshiach. Shechinah = SHanan + CHo + bINAH. Reply

Mikhael Las Vegas February 17, 2021
in response to Anonymous:

Wow, very interesting, I was thinking the same thing, considering the size of a Narwhal. Reply

Yizrael Isral March 12, 2015

If the Tachash hide is of one animal, why is it written "Oroth" in plural? Reply

Dina Jerusalem February 9, 2014

Dina Rabbi New thank you so much for this dvar Torah. Very relevant at a time where my husband and I are experiencing difficulties in our marriage. The resolution lies in becoming that One (tachash/creature).
As one, a new defining feature will emanate and dominate(tachash skin)- a beautiful one that we will take pride in together.
You say that it lies in the minutia. I will do my best to be most sensitive to that both physically and spiritually.
Thanks again. Reply

SB February 6, 2014

Looking forward replay (of last night). Reply

This class analyzes an aspect of the weekly Torah portion or upcoming holiday. While providing a basic understanding of the subject matter, the lesson delves into its deeper and more complex dimensions with emphasis on the spiritual relevance to our daily lives. Inspiration for both the novice and advanced student.
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