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Tabernacle, Temple and Synagogue

ArkGlossary Term [1] (containing the tablets of the law [2])within towards Jerusalem, Judaism's holiest city. This is to the south-east in Britain. Synagogues within Jerusalem face the Temple Mount.

orderGlossary Term [3] to pray. The minimum requirement for collective worship is ten adult men (over the age of 13), called in Hebrew a Minyan. A Minyan can meet in a home, office, factory or shop or even in the open air. A Torah scroll (Sefer Torah) is required for public reading of the Law. This is a mode of worship eminently adaptable to a history of exile and wandering.

SanctuaryGlossary Term [4]" or "TabernacleGlossary Term [5]", called in Hebrew Mishkan, which was erected by the Children of Israel during their forty years of wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt and reaching the Promised Land. This was basically a tent in a compound, made with wooden supports covered with fabric hangings on the inside and animal hides on the outside. There was a central tent (Ohel Moed), for "meeting" divided into two sections by a curtain: the outer "Holy Place" (HaKodesh) and the inner sanctuaryGlossary Term [6], the "Holy of Holies" (Kadosh Kadoshim, later called the Hehal). The Holy of Holies was only entered by the High Priest (Cohen HaGadol) on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Within was the portable ArkGlossary Term [7] of the Covenant (Aron HaBrit), which traditionally contained the "Tablets of the Law" (Luhot) given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009