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Daily Aliya for Teruma, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: The Tabernacle’s sanctuary was to consist of two sections: the innermost chamber was the Holy of Holies, wherein the Ark was to be placed; and the outer chamber was the Holy Chamber, which housed the Menorah and the Table (as well as the Golden Altar which will be described in next week’s reading). Two curtains were to be woven of dyed wools and linen. One was to be placed between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Chamber, the other covered the eastern side of the Tabernacle—its entrance.

Rashi says that Parochet has the connotation of a partition (as opposed to a curtain covering an entrance), similar, says Rashi, to the word Pargod, something that separates a king from his subjects. Maasei Choshev, explains Rashi, is highly skilled weaving which results in different designs on each of the two sides of the fabric. Two prime examples of the detailed artistry that went into this creation.