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Moses in the Tabernacle

Question: Genesis Chapter 40 beginning at verse 17 -  Did Moses set up the tabernacle by himself? Of course G-d would have been advising along the way but no one else including Aaron would have been allowed in at this point.

Answer: In Exodus, Chapter 40, the verse describes Moses as being the sole individual involved in the construction of the Tabernacle. Nachmanides, a classic early commentator on the Torah, points out that although the Tabernacle was set up permanently on the first day of the month of Nissan, there was a week-long ceremony that took place prior to this. For seven days, Moses sanctified the Tabernacle by putting it together and taking it apart each day for the duration of the week. After the first of Nissan, though, the Tabernacle was only taken apart when the Jewish People were to travel.

All the best!

Rabbi Azriel Schreiber

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