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This module contains one key debate amongst the various classical commentaries of Chumash. Background information about these commentators can be found here.

 

Parshat Terumah describes the construction of the Mishkan. There is a fundamental debate amongst commentators as to what exactly the point of the Mishkan was.

 

The Rambam thought that first and foremost, the Mishkan was a place where the Jewish people served God, This took the form of offerings, incense, and lighting the candles. All in all, the Mishkan was designed to be a centralized place where people could go and worship. The Ramban thought the Mishkan was meant to attempt to capture the magic and majesty of the revelation of God at Har Sinai. The Ramban thinks that all the services of the Mishkan were largely secondary to its main function which was a place people could experience God’s revelation, like they did at Har Sinai.