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Tabernacle

(tăb`ərnăk'əl), in the Bible, the portable holy place of the Hebrews during their desert wanderings. It was a tent, like the portable tent-shrines used by ancient Semites, set up in each camp; eventually it housed the Ark of the Covenant (see arkark,
in the Bible. 1 Boat of Noah, which he built at God's command to preserve his family and certain creatures from the Deluge. 2 Ark of the Covenant, the sacred wooden chest of the Hebrews, representative of God or identified with Him.
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, (2)). In the Book of Numbers, the Tabernacle is referred to as the "Tent of Meeting" when it functioned as the place for divine revelation to MosesMoses
, Hebrew lawgiver, probably b. Egypt. The prototype of the prophets, he led his people in the 13th cent. B.C. out of bondage in Egypt to the edge of Canaan. The narrative in the Bible is the chief source of information on his life.
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. The Tabernacle rested in ShilohShiloh
, town, central ancient Palestine, the modern Khirbet Seilun, the West Bank, NNE of Jerusalem. In biblical times it lay in the territory of Ephraim. The Hebrews were, apparently, the first to build extensively on the site.
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 before it was finally placed in Jerusalem. DavidDavid,
d. c.970 B.C., king of ancient Israel (c.1010–970 B.C.), successor of Saul. The Book of First Samuel introduces him as the youngest of eight sons who is anointed king by Samuel to replace Saul, who had been deemed a failure.
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 kept the Ark of the Covenant inside it. During SolomonSolomon,
d. c.930 B.C., king of the ancient Hebrews (c.970–c.930 B.C.), son and successor of David. His mother was Bath-sheba. His accession has been dated to c.970 B.C. According to the Bible.
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's reign, the Tabernacle was replaced by the Temple as a sign that God had given his people rest from their wandering. The term is also applied to the small receptacle, used in the Roman Catholic Church, in which the Host in the ciborium is reserved on the altar.

Tabernacle

A freestanding ornamental canopy above an altar, tomb, or ornamental niche.

tabernacle

tabernacle, 1
1. A decorative niche often topped with a canopy and housing a statue.
2. A church for a large Protestant congregation.

tabernacle

1. Old Testament
a. the portable sanctuary in the form of a tent in which the ancient Israelites carried the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25--27)
b. the Jewish Temple regarded as the shrine of the divine presence
2. Judaism an English word for sukkah
3. a meeting place for worship used by Mormons or Nonconformists
4. a small ornamented cupboard or box used for the reserved sacrament of the Eucharist
5. the human body regarded as the temporary dwelling of the soul
6. Chiefly RC Church a canopied niche or recess forming the shrine of a statue
7. Nautical a strong framework for holding the foot of a mast stepped on deck, allowing it to be swung down horizontally to pass under low bridges, etc.
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It is only fulfilled if you welcome to you sukkah a large group of neighbors, relatives, kids, and friends, to join you under the fragility of this roof.
Most of the guests actually ate inside the museum, but about 240 guests ate in the sukkah. The New York All City High School Chorus opened the event by singing "Shalom Alechem," a traditional Jewish welcoming song.
And yet as an architectural challenge, the sukkah is irresistible.
In my old neighborhood on the Saturday afternoon of Sukkot (Sukkot lasts eight days), you'll see hundreds of people enjoying the annual sukkah walk, strolling, biking, and pushing carriages up and down the streets, admiring the simple beauty of each sukkah, and enjoying the pleasure of one another's company.
Just as the Sukkah is a temporary dwelling, so, too, the protection is really in the hands of G-d and depends on his mercy and compassion.
He said that, to his knowledge, the group liked the large private courtyard at the unit, which can be used for the ritual Sukkah, along with the fact that a number of followers lived nearby on West Avenue.
Sukkot on Wall Street: An 800-square foot rooftop sukkah overlooks the financial district.
This is uncannily similar to the Biblical idea of the sukkah which, far from being owned, is rebuilt every year and lived in, "rented," for seven days.
The embrace that my parents felt from the Arabs when they arrived to America found its echo for me within the Jewish community, which welcomed me in as family, ensuring that I always had a kitchen in which to break matzah, and a sukkah in which to shake the lulav.
The metaphor of home permeates the images whether they are of the sukkah, of doves flying to their cote, or the wooden structure within which the images are housed.
Olmert hosted Abbas in a Sukkah, an outdoor enclosure which observant Jews use for meals marking the Sukkoth festival.
In warmer countries, people sleep in their sukkah. Where it is cold, people will sit in their coats to keep the practice alive.