Interfaith Terumah this is the opening parsha to the Mishkan. a lot of this we have already gone over in the Tabernacle thread. the text is Exodous 25 through 27. one thing i just noticed is the poles that are inserted into the rings are never to be removed. later it explains a pattern of how the ark should be carried. it appears it was more like a chest or box with no feet. the table of shewbread naturally had legs, but i think it also had these rings with poles for it too would be carried in similiar manner as the ark. there must have been a reason to have shewbread on the table at all times, in order for it to be considered BEFORE ME, Me is meaning God. i also noticed there would always be OIL & i see at least two different types of oil in the tabernacle at all times. hmmm also the colors are interesting for me & have yet to understand the symbolic meaning for each color. maybe there isn't any. blue…wool. , wool dyed with the blood of the chillazon [animal] purple wool., wool dyed with a kind of dye named linen. (i think rashi is saying it is not literally from goats- not sure) red dyed., after they were tanned. tachash skins. species of animal that only existed for a short time. (this might be coming from oral tradition-again, not sure) one other thing i realized from studying the furnishings is, all that was made out of pure gold like the candle holder & the two angels, was pounded out. i am thinking it was pounded because that way there would be no mold to try & copy these things again by others. i view this type of sculpturing as an art & a talent. i was looking forward to this parsha to help understand Mishkan better. i am sure there will be plenty we can add to the Tabernacle thread, especially from the Levitcus & Wilderness books .