Artwork by Daniel Kabakoff
Of gold, silver and copper, and of wool
And linen, and acacia boards so fine
And skins of goat and tachash, was the shrine
G-d ordered to be built, giving in full
The holy specifications of design,
Dimensions of each object and each space
And quantities required, and where to place
The altars, where the candlestick must shine.
And all this was a vessel and a base
And sconce, whereon G-d’s presence could alight,
That fills the earth, yet here shone forth most bright,
Where Israel’s soul, still longing to retrace
Its path to the origin, was held in flight,
Stayed in the world, yet merged with infinite Light.