Questioning faith in the parsha
From the JPS Tanakh – the text that will be studied on Feb. 5, 2011
8 And let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.
9 Exactly as I show you — the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings — so shall you make it.
10 They shall make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.
11 Overlay it with pure gold — overlay it inside and out — and make upon it a gold molding round about.
12 Cast four gold rings for it, to be attached to its four feet, two rings on one of its side walls and two on the other.
13 Make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold; 14 then insert the poles into the rings on the side walls of the ark, for carrying the ark.
15 The poles shall remain in the rings of the ark: they shall not be removed from it.
16 And deposit in the Ark [the tablets of] the Pact which I will give you.
17 You shall make a cover of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.
18 Make two cherubim of gold — make them of hammered work — at the two ends of the cover.
19 Make one cherub at one end and the other cherub at the other end; of one piece with the cover shall you make the cherubim at its two ends.
20 The cherubim shall have their wings spread out above, shielding the cover with their wings. They shall confront each other, the faces of the cherubim being turned toward the cover.
21 Place the cover on top of the Ark, after depositing inside the Ark the Pact that I will give you.
22 There I will meet with you, and I will impart to you — from above the cover, from between the two cherubim that are on top of the Ark of the Pact — all that I will command you concerning the Israelite people.