10 He made two sculptured cherubim in the Holy of Holies, and they were overlaid with gold.
va-YA-as b’-VAYT KO-desh ha-ko-da-SHEEM k’-ru-VEEM sh’-NA-yim ma-a-SAY tza-a-tzu-EEM vai-tza-PU o-TAM za-HAV
3:10 He made two sculptured cherubim
Shlomo builds two great cherubim in the Holy of Holies, paralleling the cherubim which God placed in front of the Garden of Eden “to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). Shlomo’s cherubim symbolize these guardians, showing that what lies behind them, the Aron HaBrit, holds the roots to the tree of life. The Torah, which is contained in the Ark, and the commandments therein are the pathway to life. As King Shlomo writes about the wisdom of the Torah “For they will bestow on you length of days, years of life and well-being,” and, “she is a tree of life to those who grasp her” (Proverbs 3:2,18).