Aliya Summary: The seven branched Menorah (candelabra) was next on G‑d’s list. It was to be beaten out of a single block of pure gold, with decorative cups, knobs and flowers on its body. The Torah now turns its attention to the construction of the Tabernacle’s sanctuary. The covering of the Sanctuary was to consist of several layers of tapestries. The first layer was to be a woven mixture of dyed wools and linen. The second layer was to be made of goat’s hair. These two oversized coverings also covered the outsides of the Tabernacle’s walls. The very top of the Tabernacle was then to be further covered by dyed ram skins and tachash hides.
The Mishkan, as described in the Torah, functioned for the 40 years of the Wilderness (actually 39 years), and the first 14 years in Israel (in Gilgal), the years of conquest and settlement. After that, a stone structure – with the same dimensions – was made in Shilo to replace the gold-covered wood wall sections. The three coverings were the same, as were the furnishings inside the Mishkan. The Mishkan stood in Shilo for 369 years. After Eli Hakohen died, the Mishkan was set up in Nov (13 years) and then (after Shmuel’s death) in Givon (44 years). That’s a total of 480 years, fromthe exodus until the first temple.