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Tabernacle

Half-Shekel Equality - Before Purim, the rabbi put out a plate and told everyone to give a half-shekel (or its local equivalent). I understand this was done in the times of the Tempe to purchase public offerings. But what is its relevance... More
Number of Branches on Menorah - I'm confused. My Chanukah menorah has 9 branches, but the Menorah in our synagogue has 7. Why the difference? More
The Purpose of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) - I’ve heard that the Mishkan (Tabernacle) served as an atonement for the Sin of the Golden Calf. But if so, why is it commanded in Exodus before the story of the Golden Calf? It seems like they were going to have the... More
Urim and Thummim - What exactly are the “Urim and Thummim” of Aaron’s breastplate? The Torah mentions it without any further explanation. More