Exodus 38:8
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8  He made the laver of copper and its stand of copper, from the mirrors of the women who performed tasks at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.

va-YA-as AYT ha-kee-YOR n’-KHO-shet v’-AYT ka-NO n’-KHO-shet b’-mar-OT ha-TZO-v’-OT a-SHER tza-v’-U PE-takh O-hel mo-AYD

ח  וַיַּעַשׂ אֵת הַכִּיּוֹר נְחֹשֶׁת וְאֵת כַּנּוֹ נְחֹשֶׁת בְּמַרְאֹת הַצֹּבְאֹת אֲשֶׁר צָבְאוּ פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד׃

 38:8   From the mirrors of the women who performed tasks

Copper vessels.

The women of the nation donate their mirrors to provide copper for the laver. The medieval commentator Rashi teaches that in Egypt, the women would use these mirrors to make themselves beautiful, in order to enliven the spirits of their husbands upon returning from the day’s slave labor. These righteous women never lost faith in Hashem and in His promised redemption, and ensured the continuity of the Jewish people with these same mirrors. It is due to the merit of the righteous women in the generation of the exodus that their mirrors are used to construct a vessel in the holy Mishkan.

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  • As one reads about the making of the temple utensils and the furniture used in the temple, the standard of workmanship must have been of extremely high standard and beauty. Perhaps to reflect the beauty of Hashem, does anyone know where they, these utensils etc are today? I read that the Temple Institute have started to make the furniture and utensils needed for when the third Temple is built, getting ready for Yeshua to come!
    I have read Kara's comment and agree totally, it's a sad fact however, that even the most faithful of people don't always honour God's house, and that it should be cared for better than we care for our own homes. We give the Lord the first part not the second or what is left over.
    ".. that I might dwell in them." thank you Shira!

    • Shalom Phyllis,

      The word yeshua in Hebrew means salvation. The name Jesus in Hebrew is Yeashoo and can also be spelled Yayshu. Yes the Temple Institute is making many things for the Third Temple. You can learn more on their website and at www.TheMitzvahProject.org.

  • The building and preparation of the tabernacle and its utensils is such a good example of what our service should look like to bless GOD. A place of the most beauty, inviting the LORD to dwell with us not only as a nation but also individually.

    • “Inviting the LORD to dwell with us not only as a nation but also individually” – This idea is reflected in God’s command to build the Tabernacle, “And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). Many commentators point out that the verse does not say “make me a sanctuary so that I may dwell in it.” Rather, it says “make me a sanctuary so that I may dwell in them.” The purpose of the Tabernacle was to allow God to dwell within each and every person.

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