3 and assemble the whole community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.
v’-AYT kol ha-ay-DAH hak-HAYL el PE-takh O-hel mo-AYD
ג וְאֵת כָּל־הָעֵדָה הַקְהֵל אֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד׃
8:3 And assemble the whole community at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting
The entrance of the Tent of Meeting housed the Mishkan, the altar and the laver, and was not large enough to accommodate six hundred thousand people. Rashi comments that this is one of the miraculous instances where a small area contained many people. This miracle repeated itself daily in the Beit Hamikdash, and is one of the incredible features of Eretz Yisrael in general (see Ezekiel 20:6 and Daniel 11:41). The Sages (Ethics of the Fathers 5:7) recount that in the Beit Hamikdash, “the people stood pressed together, yet they found ample space to prostrate themselves… and no one ever said to his fellow, ‘There is not enough room for me to spend the night in Jerusalem.’” One of the unique metaphysical properties of Israel in general, and Yerushalayim and the Temple Mount specifically, is that they expand to hold all their inhabitants and visitors.