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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYakhel 22-7

And (he) caused them to gather

Exodus 38:1-20

They made the bronze basin and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.

Ex. 38:8 NIV

What was the bronze basin used for?

The copper (or bronze) basin was used by the priests to wash their hands and feet before serving in the tabernacle. Copper symbolizes judgement. A judgment is an evaluation. Water is a means of purification. The water symbolizes the word of the Eternal.

The basin was made from the women's mirrors. Those mirrors were made of copper. A mirror reflects the face of the one looking in it and judges that person. That's why mirrors also help us fix our hair or face.

These three things: copper, water and mirrors remind us of the importance of checking and purifying ourselves before serving the Eternal.

In Psalm 24:3-4 it is written: "Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false." (NIV)

 Look at yourself in the mirror of the Torah. Review your heart's motives. Seek purity for your hands and feet, your actions and your walk, and surrender to the sacred service.

Shabbat shalom,


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